Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cloth Diapering: Part III

The biggest question/concern we come across with cloth diapering is laundry.  What is the safest and most effective way to clean my diapers?  Great question!  I'm glad you asked...

My wash routine with my GroVia AI2's and AIO's is pretty simple.  I wash on warm with a 2nd rinse.  That's it.

Remember, you MUST use the appropriate detergent.  I like Bum Genius detergent or Tiny Bubbles by GroVia.  There are other main stream approved detergents, like a version of Tide, but I choose to protect my cloth diaper stash investment by only using detergent specifically made for diapers.  That way, if I have a problem, I can call the manufacturer and let them know exactly how I've been caring for my diapers and get the appropriate advice.

I tumble dry the soaker pads and AIO's.  It's recommended to line dry the shells.

I like to keep my detergent in a glass jar. It makes me feel fancy.  

We actually just got a new washing machine last week, so I'm still learning to see if I can keep my wash routine as simple.  (My husband simply did not understand why I was so concerned about a new washing machine. Pfffff.  Men.)  So far, so good.

You'll know if something isn't working correctly in your wash routine.  Hint: The diapers will smell like ammonia.  I ran into this problem at the very beginning of my cloth diapering journey.  Simply adding more detergent (an extra half of scoop) solved the problem.  Another recommended tip was airing out your diaper pail by keeping it open about an inch.  Since our diaper pail is in our pantry, that wasn't a good option for us.  Luckily, we didn't need to do that.  Other people have said they add soaking wet towels to their wash with HE machines, but I haven't needed to try that.  Finally, don't forget to use a Might Bubbles tab by GroVia every 6-8 washes.  This will safely rid your diaper of any build-up.  

You'll want to do laundry every 2 days.  I'm on a rotation where I wash the diapers after the kids go to bed and throw them in the dryer before I go to bed.  The next morning, I put them away.  The next day I repeat the wash, etc.  This way, I always know where I'm at in the cycle and don't forget to do laundry!

If you google cloth diapering, you're inevitably going to come across the word "stripping".  This is the process of removing build-up on diapers and is really what scares everyone away.  Stripping really shouldn't be necessary if you care for your diapers appropriately.  Use products that you know are safe and remember, keep your routine simple.  

When all else fails, call your manufacturer's customer service. After all, they're there to help and want you to be successful.  Patty, the gal from GroVia, and I became fast friends after a week straight of phone calls.  I wonder if she misses me...

Excuse the photo bomber.
Does anyone have any other laundry tips to share?  Please excuse the mismatched washer & dryer set! No one really sees it but me.  And you.  

Up next in the series: Getting organized and commonly asked questions!

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