Note about washing machines:
Top loaders are very effective in washing cloth diapers. Clean diapers are achieved by the movement of the fabrics against one another inside your washing machine. It is important to ensure that you don’t over-load or under-load your washing machine as diapers need enough fabric to rub against but also need enough room to move.
High efficiency front loading machines are great because they don’t use a lot of water, but not using enough water to wash and rinse your diapers can cause residue problems. If using a front loader to wash your diapers, set your machine to a maximum water level. You can also increase the water level in your front loader by adding a wet towel to your wash and trick the machine into adding more water.
How do I prep my diapers? - VERY IMPORTANT!
Wash different colours (lights or darks) and fabrics types (suede cloth or bamboo) separately at least five times before use. DO NOT wash natural fabrics such as bamboo together with suede cloth or microfiber as natural fabrics release oils that can settle onto synthetic materials and cause residue problems. Washing a minimum of five times is very important as it will increase the absorbency of your diapers. Your diapers will continue to increase in absorbency each time you wash them.
How do I wash my diapers?
1. Pre-wash/rinse on cold to remove waste and fight stains
2. Wash on hot to a maximum of 40°C/104°F with a diaper safe detergent
3. Follow with a second rinse
4. Hang diaper shells to dry. Tumble dry soakers on low temperature.
Yes, it is that easy!
If you have a top loader, you can use the full recommended amount of a zero residue detergent. If you have a front loader or HE machine, stick to the lower end of the recommended amount of detergent. Wash about 16 diapers at a time (any more than that, and they won’t get clean enough).
Don't worry about putting dirty diapers in your washing machine. Urine is actually sterile, and feces contain no pathogens unless we are extremely ill. There is no need to clean the washing machine after washing cloth diapers; your washer does a great job of that itself.
What should I avoid?
Do not use laundry additives such as bleach, fabric softeners, vinegar, oxy-clean or dryer sheets. Do not use laundry detergent/natural soap containing enzymes, brighteners, whiteners, dyes, perfumes, essential oils or phosphates. Do not use other additives like vinegar or baking soda.
Here are some tips on how to spot additives to avoid when shopping for detergents:
Fabric Softeners: Easy to spot as they are usually clearly marked on packaging.
Optical brighteners: Look for words like “brighter, “whiter,” or “cleaner” on packaging. They may also be called optical bleaches or fluorescent whitening agents.
Stain Guards: Look for call outs like “stain repelling” or “stain protection.”
Natural Additives: Usually show up in detergents in the form of oils. Over time, natural oils can build up and lead to wicking, leaking and repelling of liquids. Examples include orange oil, citrus extract, and grape seed extract.
Soaps: They can react with the minerals in water to create a film on whatever you wash. It may also turn fabrics grey.
Can rash creams be used with cloth diapers?
Avoid using diaper rash creams/Vaseline directly against the cloth diaper. Diaper rashes should be treated according to your physician's recommendations. If you need to use a rash cream, you should use a diaper liner between your baby's bottom and the diaper to prevent the cream from transferring onto the diapers.
YES! Our diaper can be used in 3 different ways. Our pocket system option allows you to stuff the diaper with any required amount of absorbency. You could double up 2 of our stay dry or bamboo soakers. You could add 1 or 2 of our bamboo boosters in addition to the soaker. You could stuff it with almost anything if it will get you through a full nights sleep without a leak. There is no need to have a night time diaper option for newborns. They are changed so often throughout the night in the early months and have little output.