Want to learn more about cleaning your cloth diapers? Nervous about the fact cloth diapering will be messy and challenging?
Think NOT! Cloth diapering can be easy if you are fully equipped!
Find a storage system that works for you. We love the Mother-ease Diaper Pail (keeps smell out - literally my husband sleeps with this right next to his head each night. No smells!) with an AMP Pail Liner. Some of our friends use a large zippered wet bag to save on space. Whichever method you choose, all you do is throw your dirty diapers in the bag. Breastfed poops and pee diapers can go directly in the pail. Solid or formula poops should be rinsed off first.
When you are ready to wash your diapers (aka your pail/bag is full OR it has been two days) you simply empty the diapers into the washing machine.
We suggest using this basic washing routine. Ignore all other crazy instructions you will read about on the internet (wet towels, hoses in the detergent cup, etc). Start simple.
1) Hot regular wash (top loaders should fill the water right to the top)
2) Cold rinse cycle
3) Machine dry on Medium or hang to dry
If your diapers smell clean, absorb easily and do not cause skin irritations then you have chosen a good detergent and a wicked cleaning routine. Allens Laundry Detergent & Rockin Green are all safe detergents for cleaning diapers (they also have very few ingredients so they are perfect for baby's clothing too!). You can also view Bummis comprehensive Detergent List. to find a commercial detergent that will work for you.
Diapers getting you down? Stink filling up your house? Bummis called Wrap Up that can help you troubleshoot any problems you may be having.
Here are some insider tips to help you (you can thank us later):
* Pre-wash your diapers 3-5 times for maximum absorbency and fluffiness.