Wash and dry new cloth diapers 4 to 6 times to (remove chemicals from the manufacturing process) for natural fabric and 1-2 times for synthetic fabrics. This will also increase the absorbency of your cloth diapers.
The washing instructions are for a full load of (about 24) cloth diapers. You may include nylon and polyester diapers covers in this load.
Overnight Soak Method
REMOVING URINE SMELL
Striping Cloth Diapers
If you do choose to use soap rather than detergent and it leaves a residue on your diapers, the natural solution to break down the residue is a vinegar rinse. This will help maintain diaper absorbency.
Use no more than ½ cup of distilled white vinegar in the rinse cycle. Make sure it is distilled vinegar to avoid stains from vinegars with color.
Vinegar may also be used in the rinse cycle to help neutralize the urine odor, equalize the pH balance, help prevent stains from setting in, and as a natural fabric softener.
NOTE: If you have hard water, vinegar may cause your diapers
to smell bad once urinated on. In that case, we recommend you discontinue the use of soap rather than detergent.
WET PAIL AND DRY PAIL METHODS
Cloth Diaper "No No's"
Some things that should not be used when cleaning cloth diapers and will likely decrease their effectiveness and absorbency.
The number of diapers you need will depend on the age of your baby and how often you do laundry. A newborn will go through more diapers than a toddler. Most people choose to do laundry about every other day. If you can afford to buy more diapers you may wish to do laundry every 3 days. You won't want to let them go much longer than that or odor will be a problem.
If you can't afford to buy all the diapers you need all at once, you can start with one day's worth of diapers and then add more each paycheck until you have the number you need. If money is really tight you can buy Regular size prefolds or Flat diapers for infants and fold them down to fit. You may also be able to find good used diapers or make your own to save money.
|Wash Daily||Every 2 days||Every 3 days|
|Up to 6 Mos.||10-12||20-24||30-36|
You will need one diaper cover for about every 3-5 diapers you have. Covers can be reused a few times by airing them out between changes unless they are dirty. It is always a good idea to have one more cover than you think you need. It never fails that when they are all dirty and you are in a hurry that the one remaining cover gets dirty too!
Wool diaper covers can go several days or even a week or two between washes if they are properly lanolized when they are washed. PUL diaper covers are easily cleaned and dry quickly if the need to hand wash one arises between loads of laundry.
Pocket diapers and all in one diapers do not need covers. You will need to have at least 1 insert for each pocket diaper and it is a good idea to have a few extras for night time doubling.