How To Wash A Cloth Diaper?

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What is the one chore that new mothers dislike? If you guessed washing a cloth diaper, you are not wrong. True that it is a boring job, but remember; washing them with care is just as much important as wrapping your baby in the diaper.

We assume you believe in following the healthy way of keeping your baby wrapped, that is you chose cloth diaper over the disposable ones for your newborn. But with healthy practice also comes some extra work – of washing cloth diapers at home.

Check out here how to wash a cloth diaper:

Use Of Water:

  • In case of the wet pail method, you need to soak the cloth diaper in water contained in a pail. Soaking them in water shall help remove all stains.
    • In case of the dry pail procedure, the soiled and wet cloth diapers are placed in a covered pail. There is no need to pre-soak the diaper in this case.
  • Control the odor coming from the diaper with baking soda.
  • To get a fresh smell, add a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil in the pail. This can be an effective way to mask the pungent odors.

It is better to use hot water for washing and then warm water for rinsing. Make sure not to use softeners while washing them, as it reduces the absorbing capacity of diapers.

Use Of Detergent:

It is best to use the usual laundry soap in small quantity while washing. Take a look at what you must avoid:

  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Pure soaps
  • Dyes
  • Softeners
  • Fragrances
  • Artificial brighteners
  • Protease enzymes
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Vinegar

Also, ensure you do not use too much detergent as it can leave remnants. Do rinse the diapers thoroughly before allowing them to dry.

Line drying the diapers increases their life; however, consider spin drying them at times.

Stain Removal Process:

While the cloth diapers may not look that gorgeous with stains, they won’t harm your little one in any way:

  • Drying the cloth diapers under the direct sun is the best way to get rid of stains. Sunlight acts as natural bleach and helps in the fading of tough stains.
  • If you use stain removal solutions like oxygen based bleach, you run the risk of harming the baby. The chemicals harm elastic of the diaper and damage the waterproof layer as well.
  • Wash the diapers thoroughly at least twice to ensure all traces of chemicals are removed.

Stripping Diapers:

If you find the cloth diapers leaking frequently or in case you get foul smell when the diaper is soiled or wet, you need to opt for stripping the diapers.

The stripping process removes detergent residues or minerals. Take a look at how you can strip the diapers properly:

  • To get rid of the residues from the diaper, wash the diaper in hot water for 4 to 6 times without detergent.
  • You need to opt for RLR Laundry Treatment when you find residue that is hard to wash off.
  • You may add 1/4 cup of vinegar while washing the cloth diapers in the first or second cycle.

Did you find the information on best way to wash cloth diapers helpful? Tell us how do you wash cloth diapers of your little one in the comment section below. Simultaneously, do share this article among your friends and family.



Hi! I’m Anna and welcome to my blog. I created Baby Essential Care because I am passionate about children and to help real parents improve their lives in a holistic way so that your life brings happiness and fulfillment.

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