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Washing & Care

Before wearing

Wash all diapers at least one time before use. Washing and drying your organic bamboo, hemp and natural cotton diapers at least 3 times before use will wash away the natural oils that inhibit absorption.

Pre wash

Use warm water and a small amount of detergent for the pre-wash cycle to help lift stains and rinse away solid waste. You may use cold water for the pre-wash, but we have learned that stains are lifted more effectively at temperatures at which the stain was set in. For optimum cleanliness, limit the load size to no more than 18 diapers (plus inserts and wipes) and wash every other day. Machines generally do not use an adequate amount of water to clean cloth diapers. To trick the washer into using more water, add a large, wet bath towel to your diaper laundry. The machine will automatically “weigh” the load of laundry telling it how much water to use. You will use the towel in the prewash cycle, and leave in for the wash and rinse cycles.

Wash

Choose a HEAVY cycle and wash on HOT for the main wash, using an adequate water level. You will want to use enough water to cover your diapers allowing them to soak. Please avoid using water temperatures higher than 130 degrees Fahrenheit for any item with components such as hook and loop, elastic, and laminate. Many detergents on the market will leave a residue on your diapers that will affect the absorbency and will cause odours and diaper rash. Use a cloth diaper safe detergent that doesn’t contain additives such as bleach, fabric softeners, pure soap, brighteners, and dyes. These can not only harm your diapers but also your baby’s sensitive skin and in many cases will void your warranty. When washing diapers or covers with components such as hook and loop, elastic, and lamination, please avoid; Borax, sanitize cycles, and vinegar. For hard water the use of additional detergent or water softener may be needed.

Rinse

Add an additional warm rinse after the wash cycle. If you only have a cold rinse option, that will suffice.

Drying

When drying diapers use a low or medium temperature setting. For drying inserts, flats, and prefolds, a higher temperature setting can be used. Adding a dry towel or wool dryer balls will shorten the drying process. Drying in direct sunlight is the very best method for drying, disinfecting, and getting rid of stains. However, take care not to leave diapers out longer than necessary, as UV rays and high temperatures can also have an ill effect on diapering products. Cotton and hemp diapers will be somewhat stiff when hung to dry. One option to soften sun-dried cotton and hemp products is to add ½ cup vinegar to the second rinse cycle, or use the dryer while product is still slightly damp.

    *Routine drying in the dryer will shorten the life of any diapering product - especially diapers or covers with elastic components.

Tips and Advice

Cloth diapering tip and advice.

  1. For safety reasons, when using a wet pail method (soaking cloth diapers) only use a pail with a locking lid.
  2. Follow the manufacturer's washing and care guide.
  3. Cotton Diapers will need to be washed and dried a few time priors to use to reach their maximum absorption ability. Non treated fabric may require a few more washings.
  4. Diaper covers can be aired to dry in-between uses, unless it is soiled or smells of urine.
  5. Covers should be washed separate from diapers to extend the life of the cover. Rinse stool off the soiled diaper covers as soon as possible. Most covers can be washed with other clothes unless they have special washing instructions such as wool covers. Always follow manufactures care guide. PUL Covers can hang to dry in a short amount of time.
  6. To prevent Velcro or hook and loop closure diapers from tangling and reduce the lint build-up in the tabs, Be sure to fasten the fold back tabs prior to laundering. Do not fret if you forget to fold the tabs back. Simply use the fine end of a comb to clean out any lint that may get in there.
  7. Diaper liners can help prevent staining and provide for easier cleanup.
  8. It is recommended to use the suggested amount of laundry detergent from the detergent manufacture.
  9. Use an extra rinse cycle. Set your washing machine to an extra rinse cycle or if your machine does not have an extra rinse setting, you can manually move the dial to the rinse cycle.
  10. By using an extra spin cycle after washing a load of diapers, it will reduce the drying time up to 25%.
  11. Adding a dry towel to the dryer will decrease drying time even more.
  12. Line-dry diapers to save on drying cost. The sun will naturally disinfect and will remove some stains. If diapers are a little stiff, put them in the dryer for 5 minutes to fluff up the fabric.
  13. Turn All-In- Ones, Pull-On Pants and all training pants inside-out prior to laundering.
  14. Avoid the use fabric softener because it leaves a waxy coating on the fabric, which will reduce the absorbency and may cause rashes.
  15. Avoid the use of CHLORINE BLEACH- Chlorine bleach is hard on fabric and prematurely breaks it down. It will also irritate your baby's skin causing rashes.
  16. Avoid laundry detergents that contain optical brighteners, fabric conditioners, chlorine-bleaching agents, or any stain guard ingredients.

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