Caring for your diapers
Before use: Wash & dry your diaper 4 times to increase the absorbency. They will reach max absorbency after 10 washes. Be sure not to use any rash or diaper ointments with your cloth diapers. If the diaper is soiled, knock solids into the toilet and rinse. Then store the diaper in a dry diaper pail until laundry day. Note: Seperate the insert from the diaper before placing in the diaper pail.
Washing/Drying your diapers
1. Run a cold rinse or soak cycle with no detergent.
2. Run a hot cycle with a cloth diaper safe detergent. Do not use bleach.
3. If your hot wash is not immediately followed by a cold rinse, then run a cold rinse cycle.
4. Tumble dry the diapers or hang to dry. Do not use fabric softener.
As simple as a regular load of laundry!
Avoid in Soaps
Avoid buying products with the following words in their labels:
Natural Soaps: Soaps will leave a residue on your diapers similar to the soap scum in a tub.
Enzymes: Enzymes attack organic matter and help dissolve stains when activated with water or moisture. Sweat, urine, and feces are all organic matter so there is a risk that these substances that are lingering on baby's skin will be a target for these enzymes. In particularily sensitive children these enzymes can cause blistering, bleeding, sores, and rashes.
Fragrances: These are unnecessary and generally contain chemicals such as petroleum. Petroleum does not degrade and can have many harmful effects on the planet. Additionally, they can cause allergies and/or skin and or eye irritation.
Brighteners: These leave a chemical residue on your clothing. Brighteners are tiny particles that stick to your clothes after washing; that reflect light giving the illusion of brighter clothing.
Fabric Softeners: These leave a residue on your diapers that repels moisture. It also coats diaper covers and can break down the water proof laminate.