Bleaching cloth diapers are generally considered to be a big no-no. However, bleaching cloth diapers at the right time, for the right cause, and in the right way will not harm your cloth diapers. This blog covers everything you need to know about bleaching your UNOs.
What is bleaching?
Bleaching is a process of disinfecting reusable diapers when all the other methods fail (Hot water rinses, sun-drying, etc).
Why do I bleach my cloth diapers?
1. In case of Used Cloth Diapers
When you're new to cloth diapering and want to test out various diapers, determine which one works best for your kid. Before letting old diapers touch your baby's bottom, make sure to soak them in bleach. It's possible that the previous owner used an inadequate wash procedure or a detergent that irritates your baby's skin. It might spread to your child if their infant has a yeast rash.
Since there is no way to be certain, it is advisable to start the diapers fresh before putting them on your infant by soaking them in bleach. However, if you are still hesitant about using used diapers, feel free to give SuperBottoms newborns cloth diapers a try because of their 30-day return policy, which gives you complete freedom to decide whether or not to transition to cloth diapering.
2. Ammonia Build Up
Numerous factors, such as mineral buildup from hard water, insufficient or excessive detergent use, or even your kid wearing a diaper for a lengthy amount of time, can contribute to the presence of ammonia. Therefore if you have been facing a strong ammonia smell on your soakers, you can first try hot water rinses. If that doesn’t work, you may bleach them.
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3. Yeast Infection
A yeast rash may be the culprit if your baby's rash continues for more than one to two days despite your best efforts to keep them clean, dry, and covered in rash creams. Whether a baby wears cloth diapers or disposables, yeast can harm them both. If your baby has recently had a yeast infection or a UTI, it is ideal to disinfect cloth diapers before using them again.
A lot of times you may experience black spots on your diapers and soakers called molds. They occur if the diaper is left damp/wet or unwashed for longer hours. Complete guide on how to wash a reusable diaperDon't whip out your wallet just yet if you ever notice mold on your diapers. You might be tempted to throw them away and start over with new ones. In such cases, just bleach your diapers and they will be as good as new again once a bleach soak removes the mold.
But leaving diapers dirty for long hours or failing to remove waste from a dirty diaper after changes. encourages the growth of flies. However, even disgusting maggots don't necessarily imply your diapers are damaged. Your diapers will be as good as new again after a thorough wash in hot water and a bleach soak.
How to bleach cloth diapers?
It is vital to choose the right bleach for bleaching cloth diapers. You may choose Clorox Liquid (buy link) (Non-scented ones) to bleach. If it is difficult to source Clorox, you may use Rin or Ala.
Step 1 : Wash your diapers using the normal wash routine. Do note - you should only bleach after the diapers are washed thoroughly. NEVER put dirty diapers directly for bleach.
Step 2 : Take cold water in a bucket. Add 5 ml of Clorox bleach for each liter of water. (If you are using Rin or Ala, follow the quantity mentioned in the bottle). Dilute the bleach in the water well by stirring using a spatula or a mug. Please be careful using your hands since bleach will irritate the skin.
Step 3 : Add diapers one by one. Separate the diapers and snappable insert to be sunk completely in the water. Keep it for a minimum of 30 minutes and not more than 45 minutes. No need to add the Multi-size Waterproof Outer unless the baby has had yeast or if the shells have molds.
Step 4 : Take out the Diapers and rinse them in hot water once before putting them in the machine.
Step 5 : Add the Diapers to the machine, and run a 30-minute hot wash (40-degree minimum and not beyond 60 degrees) once without detergent and again once with detergent.
Step 6 : Make sure the bleach is completely washed out. Smell the diapers - If you feel it has a bleach smell - do a hot wash once more with/ without a little detergent till the smell is gone.
Step 7 : Line dry in the sun.
NOTE: If you have hard water please add a water softener to all the washes. Please, PM us or Whatsapp us to know the amount of water softener to be used.
Additional Tip: Do not bleach the diapers in hard water. Chlorine can react with the iron that has dissolved in your hard water and cause stains (source).