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Tips for Keeping Cloth Diapers in Good Shape? Help Needed.

post #1 of 19
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Hello cloth diapering mamas!

 

I'd love to hear your tips for keeping your cloth diapers clean and in good shape so I can compile them into a helpful resource for moms just starting to CD.

 

It would be great to know about any soaps you make or buy that have helped, diaper creams you have found to be OK for use with cloth, poop removal tips, soaking/washing/drying routines that have worked for you, ways to keep the hook and loop on some diapers functioning etc. 

 

Please share your ideas below!

 

Thanks so much. 

post #2 of 19
Best overall is to air dry anything you want to stay waterproof (PUL, etc) and to limit using bleach.
post #3 of 19
A couple drops of tea tree oil in the wash kills odors smile.gif oh, and the diaper pail
post #4 of 19

cj's BUTTer, is a great diaper "cream"! Comes in yummy scents, too! I always,always do a pre-rinse before washing, and before adding soap.

post #5 of 19
I second air drying all non-absorbent diaper components. For us, I've found snaps last longer than hook and loop fasteners. We use coconut oil sparingly for diaper cream.
post #6 of 19
Be careful with the tushy balms. We had major leakage problems after about a month before we realized it was too much of that moisture repellant grandma els diaper rash remedy getting on the diapers. Stripping them was a PITA!

we live in an apt and cannot sun our diapers...they smell fine but most of them are stained. We like the bum genius detergent.
post #7 of 19

I just use a little coconut oil or olive oil for redness on baby and it seems to wash out of my pockets just fine. 

 

Rinse. Rinse. Rinse. and Rinse again if you're having smell/absorbency problems. Too much detergent builds up and not only makes your diapers stinky, but keeps them functioning properly and lasting as long as they should. 

post #8 of 19

1) Buy good diapers. You often get what you pay for in terms of quality construction, fabrics, and longevity. Simple diapers last longer. Snaps last longer. Dipes made in North America last longer (why? quality control? fabric production? rest periods for workers? not sure) Expensive diapers are usually made of much more expensive fabrics.

 

2) Don't make stuff up. If you are at the store, buy a detergent, and then post "Can I use this?" on an internet forum you are making a mistake. Buy the detergents everyone recommends and stick with it. (Country Save, Charlies Soap, Rockin Green, "regular" tide)

 

3) Don't make cloth diapering a hobby. Find something that works and stick with it. Diapers of the same sort like to be washed together. If you have nine kinds you are probably doing something wrong to some of them.

 

4) Buy a diaper new before you buy it used. Know the diaper. An old, badly worn diaper is not a bargain and you can't spot it until you know them.

 

5) I don't ever use creams of any type with dipes. If I really need to I air out the bottom and if I need to apply something, disposable only.

post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by JudiAU View Post

1) Buy good diapers. You often get what you pay for in terms of quality construction, fabrics, and longevity. Simple diapers last longer. Snaps last longer. Dipes made in North America last longer (why? quality control? fabric production? rest periods for workers? not sure) Expensive diapers are usually made of much more expensive fabrics.

2) Don't make stuff up. If you are at the store, buy a detergent, and then post "Can I use this?" on an internet forum you are making a mistake. Buy the detergents everyone recommends and stick with it. (Country Save, Charlies Soap, Rockin Green, "regular" tide)

3) Don't make cloth diapering a hobby. Find something that works and stick with it. Diapers of the same sort like to be washed together. If you have nine kinds you are probably doing something wrong to some of them.

4) Buy a diaper new before you buy it used. Know the diaper. An old, badly worn diaper is not a bargain and you can't spot it until you know them.

5) I don't ever use creams of any type with dipes. If I really need to I air out the bottom and if I need to apply something, disposable only.
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Can I ask a question about #2? Do you mean tide free&clear is a no no? I dont like the perfumey smell of tide regular(as far as i remember). Right now i use all free&clear but need to buy soap &am having baby before what i buy will run out. Does regular tide not work for some people? I kniw the country save wasnt working for some people too, but i think it has less strong smelling additives. ??
post #10 of 19

I use the following detergent recipe.  It's worked great so far.  I line dry all my prefolds so they are a little stiff, but they don't smell and are VERY white.

 

1 part washing soda

1 part baking soda

1 part Sun Oxygen (or the generic equivalent, look at the ingredient list)

 

Use one tablespoon/medium load of diapers.

 

(I pre-wash/soak with a glug or two of white vinegar)

post #11 of 19
Ignore detergent rules. Use whatever detergent works well for you with your water and washer and use plenty of it. You are washing some of the dirtiest laundry on the planet, 1 tsp isn't going to cut it!

For us, that means using a scoop of tide free and gentle (up to the 1 or 2 line depending on load size), a bit of oxy clean, and white vinegar in the rinse. 4 years later my diapers still look and work great!
post #12 of 19

While some of my diapers have been bought and sold over the years other things in my stash Ive used for years. For example by beloved 100% nicky covers that I bought in 2004 and are still going strong..

 

Ignore the CD "rules" use whatever detergent works best for you. I use inexpensive mexican powdered and baby oxyclean full scoops of each and one cycle with an extra rinse

 Wash like you cleaning poop and pee filled diapers baby the baby not the diapers

line dry dryer dry really its up to you. I like the dryer

bleach if you like but you shouldn't need to for stink issues with a good wash rountiunue I like to about 1 a month for disinfecting purposes though

buy good quality opt for new when you can have enough to feel comfortable but know have 102 diapers wont necessarly mean they will last longer. My stash flexes between 12-36 depending on age it has never been an issue.

diaper creams shouldn't be an issue with a good detergent. I use regular destin max if we flare washes right out

post #13 of 19

Okay, my diaper stuffing has a smell...kinda like ammonia. I wash and hang dry my swaddlebees and bum genius,and other random ones but the pocket stuffing(the pocket fleece) I dry in the dryer. I soak them for 15 minutes,then wash and rinse and dry and I cannot get the scent to go away...and it's driving me crazy on what I should do. anyone have any ideas on what I should do or what I did to make this happen. when I was using vinegar they still smelled. Now,I use unscented tide or next generation. But what a bummer this is.

post #14 of 19
Tracyamber - use more detergent and add a little oxy clean to help disinfect. If you have ammonia, they aren't getting clean enough.
post #15 of 19

I concur with crunchy on the detergent. 

 

Also snaps!

 

and I didn't see have a big enough stash! Seriously 12 os diapers in rotation is not going to last that long. 

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by CrunchyChristianMama View Post

Tracyamber - use more detergent and add a little oxy clean to help disinfect. If you have ammonia, they aren't getting clean enough.

okay, oxy clean on my grocery list. thanks. And by the way I really like your blogsmile.gif.

post #17 of 19

This is all awesome information. I do have a lot of pocket dipes, but also TONS of Green Mountain prefolds I got second hand (along with some covers). I have three other kids, but never ventured into CD land until now (the oldest is 17, and I didn't even know they made cloth diapers at the time! LOL)

 

I will be keeping track of these tips once my little guy gets here (hopefully sooner than later!!!)

post #18 of 19
I think people over complicate cloth diapers. Use what detergent works for you and 1-2 tbsp. for a load of pee and poop? Not going to cut it lol.

I line dry, but I used my dryer for years. No issues. And I dried everything, including PUL.

Hot water washes aren't really necessary. Most people don't have hot water that gets not enough to kill anything, anyway.

Don't get addicted :P
post #19 of 19

depends on what you use but never let any diaper sit any longer than 48 hours maximum they need to be washed, rinse out poo and store in a ventilated container, use a same washing clean detergent, dont use a lot of it and be sure its cleaning out detergent build up is bad. only use a cream or balm that says cloth diaper safe. badger or earth mama are great !!! natural fibers get cleaner easier in my opinion. if youre using a laminant cover hanging to dry will extend its life and then of course an all in one drying partially then hanging the rest of the way helps with longevity of the diapers.

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