Cloth diapers are reusable, which means you can wash them to use again. Many believe that cleaning cloth diapers is just as tricky as it was in the past. Back then, Women used washboards to clean their clothing and filthy cloth diapers that required great physical exertion.
Washing cloth diapers has become child's play thanks to advanced washing machines, easy-care cloth diapers, and highly efficient washing powders. Besides, you can even dry cloth diapers in the dryer. As a result, the time necessary to wash cloth diapers is drastically decreased. In this article we would like to finally dispel the myth,
The cloth diaper washing principles in brief
- Used cloth diapers should be kept in a wet bag or diaper pail for three days before washing.
- Before the main wash, you should select prewash or rinse and spin.
- Choose the main wash program for 2 to 3 hours at 60 grades; spin for max. 1000 rpm.
- Use a high-performance detergent (preferably sensitive).
- Dry your cloth diapers fast on a laundry rack or in a moderate setting dryer.
If you want to know more about washing, you will learn more about storage, washing, drying and common washing mistakes and washing myths in the following sections.
Basic knowledge of washing: how does it work?
All automated cleaning systems, whether dishwasher or washing machine, are based on the same principle: Sinner's circle. According to this, four interdependent factors ensure that your laundry is hygienically clean:
- Chemistry: detergent (type & concentration)
- Time: duration of the washing program
- Mechanics: turning and rubbing the washing pieces together
Individual parameters can be shortened; therefore, one must be extended. A typical example is the energy savings program. The temperature drops here, but the time increases, and the clothes remain clean.
Thus, all factors must be well-coordinated to obtain a satisfactory washing outcome. The Sinner Circle has been around for almost 60 years, and extensive study has been undergone into optimizing each parameter.
Our current high-efficiency washing machines, therefore, can clean soiled laundry items such as cloth diapers.
Here we show you how easy it is to wash cloth diapers. Let's go!
Washing & drying cloth diapers In Washing Machine - Complete Guide
What to do before washing the cloth diapers
Before you wash the cloth diapers, you should pay attention to a few little things:
- Soiled diaper fleece should be thrown away. No longer water-soluble, the stool must not be cleaned after the age of supplementary feeding. At this point, current detergents and equipment hit their limits. With the help of diaper fleece, you can easily remove the stool.
- You should remove diapers or pant diapers' insoles such as prefolds, muslin diapers, or boosters. It maximizes the effectiveness of the washing machine's mechanical operation.
- PUL pants should be placed in a washing net to protect the fabric. Holes in the PUL prevent the diapers from being too tight.
- Overpants and cloth diapers should have counter Velcro closures. Velcro collects lint and can harm other washing items through friction or adhesion.
How often do you wash cloth diapers?
We recommend cleaning cloth diapers every three days or such. Even if the washer isn't completely filled. You can also easily wash additional laundry items suitable for 60 ° C, such as small towels, bed linen, etc., together with the cloth diapers.
Washing cloth diapers at these intervals makes sense for two reasons:
- In the absence of air, urine begins to breakdown, forming ammonia. Ammonia degrades materials over time and can become trapped in diapers.
- The longer stains are left to act, the more persistent they become.
Where are cloth diapers stored?
There are three different ways to store your cloth diapers without your whole apartment smelling like pee.
- Big wetbags
- Diaper pail
- Diaper pail with washing bag or pailliner
In the meanwhile, you may keep your cloth diapers in this odor-proof yet air-permeable containers. The more oxygen you let into the diapers, the fewer ammonia forms and the less stressed the diapers are.
Avoid keeping wet diapers in damp bags or diaper pails to avoid waterlogging. If you're using washcloths, divide them with a wet bag or a washing net. Too much moisture in the diaper might promote the growth of mold.
Wetbags come in various sizes for storing cloth diapers at home or on the move.
PUL diapers should be kept in a separate wash bag to protect the material. You may wash the complete laundry net in the machine, which provides additional protection for your diapers throughout the wash cycle. Another advantage: you can find all nappies at a glance, and none of them accidentally get into the dryer.
However, wool over pants need to be cleaned only every two to three weeks or when they have dirt on them. You only need to let the overpants air out between wearings. They can be used again and again if they're not filthy.
How many cloth diapers wash at the same time?
You shouldn't overfill your washer. Too many cloth diapers in the drum mean too little water for complete cleaning. Take a look at the maximum weight information for your washing machine. Do not forget that the maximum weight in operating instructions is based on the weight of the wet laundry.
Too little laundry, on the other hand, increases the friction between the items of laundry and can lead to premature material wear. The amount of washing directly affects the mechanical factor. As a guideline, a hand's width in the top of the drum should be about.
If you want to wash fewer diapers, rinse and spin them once, then add hot laundry like towels, underwear, socks, etc. However, it is better to wash large towels separately, as they a) absorb too much water and b) individual diapers or liners can get tangled in them and possibly not be rinsed sufficiently. Typically, a partially full wet bag, plus a wet bag with a washcloth, fits inside the machine after three days of wrapping.
Which washing program is suitable?
Temperature and time are essential factors in laundry washing, according to Sinner's circle. Modern washing machines are designed to use the lowest possible energy and resources, i.e., wash with as little water and as low temperatures as possible. Since the Sinner's Circle variables impact each other, it takes longer to wash; thus, you may alter the time factor to clean the diapers.
The optimum temperature is 60°C as germs prefer 40°C, washing soiled diapers at a low temperature is not advised.
To rinse your cloth diapers before the major wash cycle, you may either pre-wash them or rinse and spin them once. Your diapers are made to soak up as much liquid as possible. That means washing them requires a lot of water.
Detergent residues may stay in the diapers if you wash with too little water, allowing deposits to develop. Your diapers will ultimately begin to stink. Soak your diapers in water before washing them in the main wash routine.
The primary wash program should run for 2–3 hours at 60 degrees. Cotton or colorful fabrics perform nicely in this situation. If available, click the water plus button or pick a water-intensive program.
An extra rinse helps if there is residual foam on the clothing after washing.
Protect your cloth diapers by spinning at a maximum of 1000 revolutions.
Which detergent to wash cloth diapers?
Heavy duty detergent for insoles and PUL overpants
The majority of misconceptions are about the cloth diaper detergent. It should wash hygienically and not have any excessive additives since they come into touch with mucous membranes and the genital area of your kid. It's simple: use a heavy-duty detergent with oxygen bleach. At 60°C, oxygen bleach disinfects and bleaches spots, leaving diapers hygienically clean. It breaks down into water, oxygen, and soda.
However, isn't it true that diapers are never bleached? This refers to the considerably more abrasive chlorine bleach, which is especially common in American detergents. As a result, the additional note. Oxygen bleach is completely safe for cloth diapers and is a must-have if you want to keep your diapers hygienically clean.
If you are using modular systems, you must always add oxygen bleach (stain remover) to your diaper wash separately, as this is the only method to generate a heavy-duty detergent.
Also, PUL pants must be washed with powder detergent, which is rinsed with water from the detergent compartment before flushing into the drum. To safeguard your PUL over pants, you may wash them at 40 degrees with your colored clothes if they have just come into touch with pee.
You should clean all cloth diapers except woolen covers with a heavy-duty detergent.
Wool detergent for wool diapers
You should wash the woolen diapers using a wool detergent that is somewhat hydrated and hence cares. This detergent is easy to create from olive soap or soap flakes, and it saves you unnecessary packaging; soap also serves as the emulsifier here. With prolonged use, it may be essential to clean the overpants thoroughly. It is possible to heat wool as long as it is not pushed too hard.
Wool felted by a combination of:
You should avoid long soaking, strong rubbing when wet and aggressive detergents with wool.
Sensitive detergent for washing cloth diapers
If your baby has very sensitive skin, you should use a sensitive detergent.weight of the wet laundry