If you're reading this, chances are you're a parent and you've got some dirty diapers you need to tackle. Baby laundry is another level of laundry many parents don't anticipate until they're knee-deep in soiled diapers, crusty baby bibs, and too many onesies to count. Let's start with those stinky cloth diapers that you started using because you care about the state of the environment and your wallet, but now you may be second-guessing because of the the mess. Don't panic, cloth diapers are super easy to clean we're here to help you get the job done efficiently and easily!
1. Rinse or lightly clean soiled diapers before putting them in the pail. Depending on how dirty the diaper is, you may just need to throw away the solids or lightly rinse the dirty diaper under warm water. Doing this will reduce the amount of stench produced by these diapers and also prevent stains from settling. Once you do this, fill up the pail with the diapers.
2. Dump the dirty diapers and liner from the pail into the washer machine. We recommend washing cloth diapers every 2-3 days.
3. Soak the diapers. Before adding detergent, you can run cold soak cycle or warm rinse cycle on your washer machine. Avoid using the hot water temperate as that will encourage stains to settle.
4. Add detergent. Once the diapers have soaked, add detergent for a proper cleansing and sanitizing wash cycle. It's important to use detergent that is formulated without enzymes or optical brighteners so you don't irritate a baby's sensitive skin. We recommend using one Small Load Sensitive Skin detergent pod. The smaller dose will be just enough to clean the diapers without leaving behind any residue buildup on your baby's diapers. You can use the hot water temperature for this cycle.
5. Line dry the diapers. Not only will this help save money and energy, line drying extends the life of the diapers. If you need to tumble dry, set the dryer on the lowest heat and delicate setting as to not damage the fibers.