Bleaching Cloth Diapers - Your Complete Guide
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What Is Bleaching?
Why Do I Bleach My Cloth Diapers?
How To Bleach Cloth Diapers?
Key Takeaways
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Bleaching cloth diapers is generally considered 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 cotton diapers. This blog covers everything you need to know about bleaching your SuperBottoms UNO Cloth Diapers.

What Is Bleaching?

Bleaching is used to disinfect and whiten fabrics, including cotton diapers. It involves treating the fabric with bleach to kill bacteria, remove stains, and brighten the material. Bleaching is often done in newborn cloth diapers to remove any lingering odours, stains, or bacteria, ensuring the diapers are clean and safe for reuse.

Why Do I Bleach My Cloth Diapers?

1. Used Cloth Diapers: When you're new to cloth diapering and want to test various reusable diapers, determine which one works best for your kid. Before letting old reusable diapers touch your baby's bottom, 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 specific, starting the diapers fresh before putting them on your infant by soaking them in bleach is advisable.

However, if you are still hesitant about using used diapers, feel free to give SuperBottoms newborn 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 try hot water rinses first. If that doesn't work, you may bleach them.

Yeast Infection: If your baby's rash continues for more than one to two days despite your best efforts to keep it clean, dry, and covered in rash creams, a yeast infection may be the culprit. Whether a baby wears cloth diapers or disposables, yeast can harm them. If your baby has recently had a yeast infection or a UTI, it is ideal to disinfect cloth diapers before using them again.

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3. Moulds: You may often experience black spots on your baby cloth diapers and soakers called moulds. They occur if the newborn baby diapers are left damp/wet or unwashed for longer hours. Complete guide on how to wash a reusable diaper. Don't whip out your wallet if you notice mould on your diapers. You can throw them away and start over with new ones. In such cases, bleach your diapers; they will be as good as new once a bleach soak removes the mould.

4. Maggots: Leaving baby cloth 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 a suitable bleach for bleaching cloth diapers. Here's a table summarising the steps for bleaching cloth diapers:




Wash diapers using the regular wash routine. Do not bleach dirty diapers directly.


Prepare a bleach solution by adding 5 ml of Clorox bleach per litre of cold water in a bucket. Dilute the bleach well. (Follow quantity instructions if using Rin or Ala.)


Submerge reusable cloth diapers and snappable inserts in the bleach solution, ensuring they are completely covered. Allow them to soak for 30-45 minutes. Optional: Include multi-size waterproof outer for yeast or mould issues.


After soaking, thoroughly rinse the best cloth diapers in India in hot water before washing the machine.


Place the best cloth diapers in India in the washing machine and run a 30-minute hot wash cycle (minimum 40 degrees, maximum 60 degrees) without detergent, followed by another hot wash cycle with detergent.


Check for any remaining bleach smell. If detected, repeat hot wash cycles until the smell is gone.


Line dry the best cloth diapers in India in the sun to complete bleaching and ensure thorough drying.

Following these steps helps effectively bleach newborn baby diapers, maintaining their cleanliness and hygiene for your baby's use.

NOTE: If you have hard water, please add a water softener to all the washes. Please PM or Whatsapp us to know the amount of water softener to be used.

Additional Tip: Do not bleach the cloth diapers for newborns in hard water. Chlorine can react with the iron dissolved in your hard water and cause stains (source).

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Key Takeaways:

1. Bleaching is used to disinfect and whiten cloth diapers for newborns, removing stains, odours, and bacteria.

2. Check for any remaining bleach smell after washing. If detected, repeat the washing process until the smell is gone.

3. Following these key takeaways, you can effectively bleach reusable cloth diapers, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene for your baby's use.


Q.1 Is bleaching safe for cloth diapers?

Ans. When done correctly and in moderation, bleaching cloth diapers is safe and effective for disinfection. Proper dilution ratios and rinsing procedures are essential to ensure no bleach residue remains on the diapers.

Q.2 How often should I bleach my cloth diapers?

Ans. Bleaching should be done as needed, typically in response to specific issues such as persistent odours, stains, or bacterial contamination. It's unnecessary to bleach clean diapers regularly, as this can cause excessive wear on the fabric.

Q.3 Can I bleach all types of cloth diapers?

Ans. Most cloth diapers for newborns can be bleached safely, including pre-folds, flats, SuperBottoms Booster Pads, and SuperBottoms Top Clean Sheets. However, it's essential to check the manufacturer's recommendations for specific care instructions, as some materials may be more delicate or prone to damage from bleach.

Message From SuperBottoms

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