More Washing Tips
August 4, 2009
WHAT DETERGENTS OR CLEANING AGENTS SHOULD I USE TO CLEAN MY CLOTH DIAPERS?
Stick with fragrance free detergents. For babies with sensitive skin Diaper Pin recommends All Free Clear. Be sure to avoid detergents with whitening enzymes such as Fabricare: Arm and Hammer Advanced Detergent Action.
Do not use Borox or bleach. Both of these products are harsh on cloth diapers. They will break down their fibers and reduce their life. Also, they are rough against your baby’s skin.
Avoid washing cloth diapers with soap products since repeated washing with soap creates a waxy build-up that reduces the aborbancy of cloth diapers. Contrary to what some cloth diapering parents believe, Dreft and Ivory do not fall under the soap category. They are both detergents. Ivory Snow used to be sold in the form of soap but was changed to a detergent in 1993.
REMOVING URINE SMELL
Include baking soda when washing or soaking your cloth diapers.
If you use baking soda in the wash or soak, make sure to use vinegar in the rinse, This will help restore the pH of the cloth diapers. Otherwise your baby may end up with diaper rash.
According to Vicki Lansky author of Baking Soda : Over 500 Fabulous, Fun and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought of, baking soda works with liquid detergents to whiten and brighten laundry. It does not boost powder detergents.
VINEGAR IN THE WASH
Many parents have complained that using vinegar in the wash leaves their diapers remaining smelly. Actually it is more effective to use baking soda in the wash and add vinegar to the rinse.
Hint: Consider using vinegar in the rinse cycle of all your laundry, not just the diapers load. Also consider buying distilled white vinegar by the gallon for general household cleaning.
WET PAIL AND DRY PAIL METHODS
There are 3 basic methods for storing wet and soiled cloth diapers, wet pail, dry pail and wet/dry pail.
- Dry pail. All cloth diapers are placed in a covered pail. Sprinkle baking soda to control the odors.
- Wet pail. All cloth diapers are placed in a pail half filled with water. Make sure this pail is covered to prevent infant drowing.
The Diaper Pin preferred method is the dry pail method. We used to use the wet pail system (for dirty diapers only), but it was messy and unwieldy. Now we simply dunk dirty diapers (and swish if necessary) in the toilet bowl before tossing in the dry pail. We keep our diaper pail in the bathroom. Much easier!
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