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Cloth Diaper 101

Infographic with the following information: 5 types of cloth diapers: flats, prefolds, all in ones, fitted, pocket, all in twos; Why choose cloth diapers: environmental, baby's health, cost, style; What do I need to start: 24 diaper changes and accessories

 Infographic with information on how to wash cloth diapers: remove poop, wash with minimal detergent, add an extra rinse cycle, line dry, and prep for the next diaper change

Cleaning your Cloth Diapers 

Find a storage system that works for you. We love the Mother-ease Diaper Pail 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.

You will love our diaper sprayer and bio- liners (flushable) and how they help control the poo situation a little better - think cleaner nails and hands :)

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 the basic washing routine detailed above in the infographic. Start simple and adjust as needed.

If your diapers smell clean, absorb easily and do not cause skin irritations then you have chosen a good detergent and a great cleaning routine.  Allens Laundry Detergent & Rockin Green are both safe detergents for cleaning diapers (they also have very few ingredients so they are perfect for clothing too!). 

Here are some insider tips to help you:

* Pre-wash your diapers 3-5 times for maximum absorbency and fluffiness.

* Bleach should be avoided as much at possible, especially chlorine bleach. Place your diapers in the SUN – a natural bleaching agent!

* Fabric softeners and dryer sheets should be avoided.

* Diaper creams should only be used with a liner inside your diaper (Zinc oxide creams should NEVER be used on your diapers).