Wash your own diapers rather than hire Diaper services.
If you are new to cloth
diapering, you may be wondering if you have to look into cloth diaper
services. You don't have to hire a cloth diapering service. With
the advances in cloth diapering designs and accessories, washing your
babies cloth diapers is easy. You can actually save the money you
would spend on cloth diaper services.
At Kelly's Closet, we
have the cloth diapers and accessories you need to make your cloth
diapering routine easy.
If you are going to
forgo hiring cloth diaper services to wash your diaper, you
need to know how to wash certain types or fabric. When you receive
your cloth diapering package from Kelly's Closet, you will need to
launder them before using them on your baby. Wash pocket diapers,
covers, inserts and other items made from micro-terry or bamboo in
warm or hot water (detergent is optional).
Organic or unbleached
cotton/hemp products need to be wash several times before they reach
their maximum absorbency capabilities. If you don't wash them several
times, leaks will happen. Washing cotton and hemp in hot water 5 to 6
times removes the natural oils and allows the fabric to absorb
liquids better. It is recommended to dry cotton and hemp diapers
between each wash.
When you wash soiled
diapers, Kelly's Closet recommends keeping it simple. There are
several ways to launder cloth diapers. Diaper services handle
their client's laundry in different ways, too. Parents use different
washing machines and different detergents. It's important to develop
a cloth diaper washing method.
The following method
seems to work for most parents, regardless of the kind of washing
machine or cloth diapers they use: 1 short cycle cold water wash with
detergent; 1 long and heavy duty cycle hot water wash with detergent
(use slightly less detergent); and finally 1 additional rinse (A warm
water rinse, if its an available option on your machine, often works
best to remove residue from soiled diapers.)
We recommend the
following detergents for washing your cloth diapers: Rockin' Green
Cloth Diaper Detergent, bumGenius Cloth Diaper Detergent; Tiny
Bubbles Cloth Diaper Detergent, Country Save and Planet Ultra.
If you decide not to
seek cloth diaper services and to wash them yourself, you will
need somewhere to store diapers until you are ready to wash them.
While a diaper service will be prompt at picking up soiled diapers to
wash, it's important to have a place to store soiled diapers. A dry
diaper pail is recommended to store soil diapers. Dry pails are an
alternative to diaper pails that use water to soak the diapers. A
popular option is to line a 13 gallon plastic trash bin with a diaper
pail liner from Planet Wise or Wahmies Diaper Service Quality pail
For more information
about washing your own diapers instead of hiring diaper services,
please explore the “Cloth Diaper Information” section on