Frequently Asked Questions
Prep, Wash & Care Guide
How do I prep / prepare my diapers?
All new products must be washed before use. Generally this is to get rid of any dust accumulated in transit and in storage.
How to regularly wash cloth diapers
The key is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Keep your wash routine simple:
For the main wash choose the longest wash setting on your machine. This is to ensure diapers agitate long enough to get thoroughly clean.
What detergent should I use?
Use mainstream detergents free of additives and fabric softener.
Fabric softener sticks to the fabric and can cause repelling.
There is no need for bleach unless when sanitizing. Do not soak diapers. Soaking can weaken elastics.
What to do with poop?
As a parent there really is no way that you can avoid dealing with poop regardless if you use cloth diapers or disposable diapers.
The easiest are those with EBF (exclusively breastfeed) babies -- EBF poop are water soluble and can go straight in to the wash. No need to rinse / spray off poop.
Formula fed babies and babies that has started on solids -- their poop must be removed first prior to loading into the washing machine.
To remove as much solid and or sticky poop - you can either spray into the toilet; spray or rinse in a bucket then dump water in the toilet; or if you are brave enough you can do the "dunk n swish" method (dunk the diaper into the toilet and rinse it using toilet water). If you seek Youtube there are a couple of videos that shows how to do the spraying vs dunk n swish.
Do I have to rinse pee?
This is a matter of preference.
Some parents prefer to rinses pee diapers prior to washing. This is not a necessary step because you will be doing a pre-wash cycle anyway before the main long wash.
Depending on where you live and on the season you may have to rinse the pee from overnight diapers. For example, Vegas summers can be very hot and the temperature can magnify the stink produced by urine. In the summer we rinse our baby's overnight diaper before putting it in the pail to minimize stink build-up until wash day. We only do this in the summer.
What to do with stains?
Diapers will get stain in its lifetime. They are poop catchers afterall.
My baby has rashes
Since there is no chemical in cloth diapers, a rash in the diaper area may be due to different factors. But first, isolate if the rash is a yeast infection and treat it.
If it is not an infection then you’ll need to identify what triggered the rash – it could be something new in baby’s diet. Antibiotics in poop can sometimes irritate baby’s behind.
Other causes of rash could be detergent sensitivity, this is very rare but it could still happen.
Some babies are also very sensitive to wetness, if this is the case then try lining your diapers with fleece.
Or it could be other dermatological conditions, please consult your doctor.
If using diaper creams make sure there are no petroleum based ingredients. Petroleum can cause repelling and are not recommended to use without a liner. You may use disposable liner, or other thin fabric such as fleece, flannel, cotton and the like.
Zinc is cloth diaper safe but may cause staining.