If you are new to cloth diapers, washing them may seem like a bit of a risky procedure. There is alot of talk out there about how you should and should not wash your diapers, as well as what kind of detergent is best. I know when I did my first load of diapers (all five of them, lol) I was worried I was doing it wrong. And I probably was by most standards. I used all cold water and All Free & Clear. I didn’t have any problems with it though, so I kept doing it that way for awhile.
I did eventually do more research into washing though. I accumulated a stash of one kind of diaper, which came with washing instructions. So I went by that. Then I started reading more into detergents and how they could strip your diapers or worse. I started getting really paranoid about that. I was glad when I read a really long thread on diaperswappers.com about washing routines though. Many a mom put in her 2 cents about how she washed diapers. Some of those moms had been washing diapers for a lot of years. It was relieving to know that some mamas used regular old Tide, and not all used natural detergents. Not using natural detergent myself, I was worried I had somehow ruined my diapers.
Now after a year of cloth diapering, I think it’s safe to say I didn’t ruin the diapers. I have switched my detergent to Country Save though and I’m thinking of making the switch once again, this time to Allens Naturally. There is a great and informative page on detergents and their ingredients on Pin Stripes & Polka Dots you may want to check out. I’ve used it many times myself.
So after much research and trial and error, I have come to a washing routine I am quite happy about. Here it is:
A pre-rinse in cold – add a squirt of Bac Out if you have the stinkies
A regular wash in hot with a 1/4 detergent
A post-rinse in hot with a cap full of Ecover if you want to soften it a little
I think you will find that this is a tried and true washing method that alot of other mamas use. Good luck and happy washing! Please don’t forget to visit Eco Baby Buzz for tons of informative articles and how to’s on cloth diapering!