Deciding to use cloth diapers for your baby is good for the environment, healthy for baby, budget-friendly, and who doesn't love a fluffy baby bum?! A cute cloth diaper paired with a T-shirt or baby leggings = instant outfit!
So why don't all parents choose cloth? Washing those adorable little poo-catchers is scary! Or... at least it seems that way to those who haven't done it before. Washing cloth diapers is actually quite simple. Just as many families' wash routine for clothing is different, there are many different ways to wash cloth diapers. If you stick to the following simple routine for cleaning your cloth, you won't go wrong.
"Prep" your new diapers by washing them once in hot water with a small amount of zero residue detergent, and drying them. This will make the diapers absorbent and ready to use.
Remove solids before you wash your diapers by shaking the poop off the diaper and into the toilet. It typically comes off easily, but there is also the option of using a diaper-sprayer. The sprayer attaches to the plumbing on your toilet and is used to spray the mess into the toilet. (Also, newborn babies who are breast-fed only, have water-soluble poop, so you don't need to remove it before washing the diapers.)
Soiled and wet diapers can be stored easily 3 different ways:
Taking care of your cloth diapers is as simple as can be! Once you get into a routine, you will discover why so many moms love cloth diapering. Plus you'll be saving money and helping reduce your families trash output!
Already a seasoned cloth diaper user? What are your methods for cleaning cloth diapers? Share them with us in the comments below. :)
Amy Wohlgemuth is blessed to be a work-at-home mom to two terrific kiddos (an almost-3-year-old and a 10 month-old), who keep her on her toes and make her laugh every day! She loves gardening, crafting, baking, and just being outdoors in general. She also became a mom-entrepreneur in November of 2012 when she started Buttons Cloth Diapers. She believes in keeping life simple, even when it comes to diapering.
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