You’ve made the difficult choice of using disposable diapers instead of cloth for your baby. Considering the numerous advantages of cloth diapers might not be a difficult choice.
If you’re trying to put your wallet fuller or looking for cloth diapers for security, you’ve made a wise decision! In contrast, disposable diapers are free of chemical dyes, perfumes, or chemicals that could cause harm to your baby. (Note that we recommend cleaning new cloth diapers using at least one full washing cycle before your baby wears their first diaper.)
We’re big fans of the cloth diaper option, but we know that they pose several issues for parents. One of them is cleaning up.
We’ll walk you through the procedure to make cleaning your baby’s diaper less intimidating. Soon you’ll be changing cloth diapers with the ease of a diapering expert!
Step 1: Flush Solids into the toilet
The cloth diapers soaked with urine are extremely easy to use because all you have to do is throw them into your pail for diapers or bag or whatever you’ll use to keep dirty diapers in until you’re ready to wash them. Poop, however, on the other hand, needs extra effort.
Solid poop must be scraped from the diaper before putting it in the toilet to flush. Although you don’t require a sprayer for diapers to accomplish this task, it can make cleaning up simpler.
When breastfeeding the first baby poop or newborn’s poop (aka meconium), the consistency should be slightly runny or smooth. Some parents opt for disposable diapers until meconium is done if you’re planning to start using cloth diapers from the start and want to make clean-up much easier by inserting a flushable liner into your baby’s diaper.
Step #2: Pre-Rinse Your Diapers
It’s now time to wash your clothes. You’ll have to wash your dirty diapers in two steps beginning with the rinse before washing.
The pre-rinse process will eliminate the waste that wouldn’t be eliminated in the full wash cycle. Although it’s tempting not to do this, you’re likely to get stinky cloth diapers if you take the time to do. Learn More about How Many Diapers Per Size Your Baby Needs?
Get rid of your dirty diapers, turn them in, and pour the contents into the washer. If you’re carrying a bag for diapers, make sure to empty it into the bag, also! The bag will smell when left unwashed over a long period.
Ensure the machine runs an ice-cold rinse (hot water can set the stain into the material). While you may apply a safe detergent for babies in this procedure, it’s not needed.
Step #3: Do a Full Wash Cycle
Once you’ve finished one rinse using cold water, it’s time to start the real wash. Be sure to include your safe baby detergent in the washing machine and set it for an entire wash cycle using hot water.
When your disposable diapers are still causing a smell, you might want to do another rinse before the final wash. Washing cloth diapers with hot water over and over can diminish their efficacy and absorbency.
Step #4: Hang Them Up to Dry
It’s easy to put your wet diapers in the dryer and prepare them in just an hour. However, just like normal clothes drying them frequently will reduce their life span.
If there isn’t a laundry line that can dry diapers think about investing in an adjustable rack for drying your diapers or installing an open shelf in your laundry room where you can hang the diapers. It is important to plan this before time, or your diapers could dry on the floor or various chairs in your living space.
Step #5: Don’t Forget to Wash Diaper Covers!
While diaper covers are generally protected from spills, they will occasionally require washing. They’re much easy to clean because they don’t require the use of a rinse cycle before washing. Put them in the washer and wash them according to the instructions on the label.
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