Four Cloth Diapering Laundry Mistakes to Avoid
Posted by Courtney Moser on March 29, 2015.
If you're new to cloth diapers, we don't want you to feel overwhelmed. However, we also want to make sure you get started on the right foot with good washing habits so that you don't get frustrated by laundry issues.
Based on years of helping customers troubleshoot problems and then establish good, simple wash routines, here are the top four mistakes we see that lead to problems:
- Not washing frequently enough. Don't let soiled diapers sit in the pail for more than three days between washes. The longer your diapers sit, the more the urea breaks down and converts to ammonia. Ammonia builds up in the fibers of the diapers and is difficult to wash out in a normal wash cycle (more noticeably with microfiber).
- Using the incorrect amount of detergent. Too little detergent means you can get ammonia build up; too much may cause detergent residue. Both can irritate your baby's skin. Use the proper amount of a good detergent for a heavily soiled load.
- Skipping the pre-rinse. The more water you have flowing through your diapers, the cleaner they will be. A pre-rinse in cold or warm water ensures that you are not trying to clean your cloth diapers in dirty water.
- Too many additives. Additives refer to anything you add to your wash routine aside from your trusty detergent. These include vinegar, baking soda, bleach, oxygen bleach, borax, essential oils, etc. Creating an overly complicated wash routine with multiple products often causes further problems.
Check out some of our cloth diaper laundry supplies to help you along your way!