How to Wash a Cloth Diaper
- Most cloth diapers claim that there’s no extensive soaking involved, although some parents still like to let an exceptionally messy diaper sit in water before running through the wash. Whether you want to soak them or just store the dirty diapers in a wet bag is up to you.
- First you have to remove any large pieces of stool into the toilet. (This isn’t for the squeamish stomach, we have to warn.)
- Many cloth diaper companies say that you can wash them as you would any other load, yet many moms have a different approach:
- For top-loading washers:
- Run the diapers through a regular rinse cycle to remove the majority of the mess.
- Fill the washer with hot water and soap, and then soak the diapers for an hour or so.
- Finish the cycle normally.
- You can do an extra soap-free rinse to thoroughly clean the diapers of any leftover detergent, if you’d like. Adding a little white vinegar to this last rinse will make line-dried diapers feel exceptionally soft.
- For front-loading washers, wash the diapers in a normal cycle and do an extra soap-free rinse (with white vinegar, if you’d like) once it’s done. No soaking is required.
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