Over 3.3 million tonnes of disposable diapers are added to the country's landfills every year. A single diaper might take up to 500 years to degrade in a landfill. For every diaper thrown out, the ecosystem has been infected with poisonous gasses and hazardous chemicals for 500 years.
Cloth diapers make a significant difference. You are having an impact. However, how we wash these baby's cloth diapers is critical – not just for our sanity but also for your infant's health. Many parents are scared off by the thought of washing cloth diapers before they even begin. However, it does not have to be complicated.
We've been using baby cloth diapers for years, and washing them is rarely inconvenient, especially considering the money you save by not using disposable diapers! We'll answer all of your questions and show you how to wash cloth diapers the easy way in this article.
Steps to Wash Cloth Diaper for Newborns
1. Rinse off pee/poop if any, using a little detergent
If your infant is exclusively breastfed, their excrement is water soluble and technically does not need to be removed. Some women may prefer to dump soiled diapers into the pail or bag they're using for storage, which is okay.
Before keeping the diaper or the padded underwear with the other dirties, dump, drop, scrape, or spray the solid poops into the toilet and rinse off pee/poop using a little detergent.
Soiled diapers should be presoaked. Warm water and a pinch of detergent should be used. Soak liners, booster pads, inserts, wipes, and other goods in warm water for 10 minutes.
Fill your bucket with a third to a quarter of a cup of warm water. There should be enough water to completely cover and soak the diapering products. One-fourth the amount of detergent used in a wash load for a bucket or tub.
3. Wash Well
Rub the cloth against itself on the inside of the diapers using your hands. But make sure not to use a brush. Allow for a 10-minute soak if desired.
Tip: Avoid using bleaching powder in every wash because it can degrade the quality of the diaper and harm your baby's skin.
4. Rinse Thoroughly
Squeeze extra water from each item. Toss it in the diaper bucket or push it to the back of the bucket or tub. Do not ring out diapering things as stretching the fabric/components out of shape).
5. Line Dry in the Sun
Drying your diapers in the sun will help eliminate stains, clean them, and provide fresh air.
Once these are put to dry, wash the tub/bucket/basin with a disinfecting cleanser such as pine oil cleaner or vinegar.
1. Rinse Off
Using a health faucet, remove the solids in the toilet.
2. Put it into the machine
Put the dirty diaper in the washing machine with a small amount of detergent and run a brief cycle to clean it.
You can now add your other garments to the machine and run your longer regular wash cycle if you desire. With your normal washing, add a regular amount of detergent.
3. Tumble Dry
Dry on low heat or hang to dry
Dos and Don'ts of Washing Cloth Diaper
1. For stains, use lemon juice and Sun bleach.
2. Sanitize your washing machine once a month. To avoid stains, rinse and wash the diapers daily. Once cleaned and residue-free, place the diapers in the washing machine with other clothing items.
3. When travelling, put dirty diapers in a sealed bag - a Waterproof Cloth Bag is a beautiful choice for this because it has an appropriate tight closure.
1. Do not leave soiled diapers out for several days.
2. Avoid using bleach since it destroys the waterproof membrane and melts elastics.
3. Avoid washing the diapers in extremely hot water since this shortens the life of the elastic.
Cloth diapers for babies are available with various features such as double leak guards, square tabs, stomach strips for tummy-sleeping babies, pocket flaps, and so on. Each minor detail can have a significant impact on your baby's comfort and your cloth diapering experience. Choose the appropriate cloth diaper.
1. Why Cloth Over Disposable: Reusable Cloth diapers could save a lot of money.
2. Gentle on Skin: Cloth diapers are incredibly soft on a baby's skin.
3. Material and Ingredients: Cloth diapers contain various non-natural components that increase overall functionality, like Velcro, snap buttons, a waterproofing polyurethane coating, etc.