How do I wash and dry the diapers?
If the outer cover is dark color, wash with like colors in cold water for 2-3 times before use. This helps to retain the color from bleeding.Pre-Wash: Brand new diapers repel moisture rather than absorb it. Make sure that you wash 3-4 times before using. There can be residue left on the fabric from the production process that can cause leakage. Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/4 of your normal amount. Detergent must be completely dissolved for optimum washing results.
- Basic Washing: Simply remove the inserts from the pocket and flush away the soil. Rinse thoroughly to avoid stains and odor develop. Put the cover and the inserts together in the washer. You do not need to wash your covers after every use if they are not too soiled. Simply rinse it thoroughly with warm water, hang dry and reuse it for a few more times before putting in the washer. Inserts can be pre-soak in cold for half an hour, then a hot wash.
- Washing Routine: Don't wait more than 3 days to wash your diapers. If possible, wash every 1-2 days to help prevent bacteria.
- Selecting a Washing Temperature: Water temperature is an important factor in getting your diapers clean.
KaWaii Baby diapers are made of TPU fabric, which is a heat laminated process to make the diaper waterproof. The TPU is not a chemical solvent process, eco friendly is our goal. It can not withstand the heat or hot water. The colder the water the softer your diapers will be. The maximum washing temperature for the outer shells/Diaper Covers is 95 degree F or 35 degree C. Inserts can be sanitized in any water temperature.
- Amount of Detergent: Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/2 of your normal amount. Detergent must be completely dissolved for optimum washing results.
- Velcro Type Outer Shells/Covers: Make sure to fasten the velcro fastener before washing. DON'T open the fastner when the diaper is wet. It will reduce the stickiness ability.
- Turning your diaper inside out before putting in the wash: It refers to turn the inner lining inside out , it will stop the color fading . help keep the diapers looking better and last longer. Same with the dryer , the more heat you add to your diapers , the more worn out they become and the heat fades the color.
How to loosen or undo a snap:
To unsnap the diaper, do not attempt to tear the fabric until the snap pops off, use your fingers to easily unsnap each snap.
Things that you cannot do:
- Don't use fabric softerner or dry sheet, it will reduce the absorbency of your diaper.
- Don't use detergent contains optical brighteners or fluorescent whitening agents.
- Don't use bleach, it can ruin the elastic and damage the water-proofing of your outer shells or covers. Also avoid borax, whitening additives, detergents with chlorine bleach, liquid concentrates and stain removers.
- Avoid rubbing detergent directly on the outer shell or cover. It will damage the water-proofness of your diapers and void your warranty.
- If you choose to use a diaper cream, put a liner between your baby's bottom and the diaper, it will prevent the diaper cream to transfer to the fabric and reduce its absorbency.
How to disinfect your diapers?
Recommend to do this once a month. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Method 1: Baking Soda can kill bateria and odor
Hand Washing: Use a basin of hot water (95 degree F, 35 degree C), add a little bit of baking soda, add diapers in the hot baking soda water, allow to soak until the water has cooled, line dry under sunlight.
Machine Washing: Put the diapers in a full load of water, add 20g baking soda, rinse and line dry under sunlight.
Method 2: Lemon Juice can soften your diapers
Use 20g of lemon juice add to hot water, soak the inserts for a hour before your normal washing cycle.
Method 3: Vinegar
Vinegar helps neutralize the urine in diapers, equalizes PH balace. Vinegar helps break down soap residue or film build up. It is also a natural fabric softener, we recommend to use not more than 1/4 cup of White Vineger in the rinse cycle.
Why do diapers leak and how do I prevent it?
Cloth diapers will always be more prone to leaks than disposables as they do not contain dangerous liquid-solidifying chemicals. There are lots of reasons for leaking and many solutions to help.
Leaking is often a result of repelling, it is because of the residue of manufacturing process, build up from detergent, ointments, soap or hard water that can build up on the diapers to make it less absorbent to cause leaking. We recommend you to do the stripping of diapers. First run a cold rinse with no detergent, run a warm/hot cycle (little detergent if necessary but no bleach). Run another cold rinse cycle. Continue washing on warm/hot and rinsing on cold until all the suds run clear
- Too Wet - Diaper will leak when FULL AND SATURATED, dampness spreading across the outer cover, usually from the legs, this is normal, even the famous brand will be the same. Change the diaper often and don't wait until they are too wet.
- Incorrect Use of Insert - Even a tiny bit of diaper fabric sticking outside of the cover can cause a surprising amount of urine to wick out quite quickly. Make sure the inserts are probably stuff in place when you put it on your baby.
- New diaper repels moisture - If the water droplets bead up on the surface then your diapers need a few more washings in warm water using mild detergent.
- Inserts not effective - detergents gradually build up on the fibers over repeated washing causing the insert to become less absorbent and repel liquids rather than absorbing them. You may soak the inserts in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and warm water for half and hour before washing.
- Newborns wet their diapers often because they have very tiny bladders, so you will require diaper change in every 1-2 hour to prevent leaking.
- Difference between boys and girls - Perhaps your child has a very strong urine stream and literally leak through the diaper, here is the tips. For baby boy will need to be thicker in the front, fluid tend to flow upward, but make sure not over the belly button. For baby girl will need extra padding at the back. This can slow down the urine stream so that the diaper has a chance to absorb.
Is the washing and drying of diapers difficult and time consuming?
It is neither difficult nor time consuming. Washing and drying will give you your first cloth diapering experience hassle free, just remove the inserts from the outer shell to rinse off the soil before washing. We recommend using natural cleaning agent such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar to eliminate odor or stains. Washing and drying time is quicker than normal diapers.