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What does washing cloth diapers look like? In this post I'm going to take you through the routine washing of cloth diapers as I do it. I wash my cloth diapers 2-3 times a week. On occasion if your cloth diapers begin to smell even after you wash them, you may need to do a more intense wash or two called stripping. I will cover that in more detail in another blog post. But for now, I will just show you the day-to-day care of cloth (g) diapers.
When I get down to about 3-5 inserts (see this post to read more about my cloth diaper stash), grab the diaper wet bag - it's time to wash some dipes!
|Dirty diaper wet bag - ready for washing.|
I simply unzip the bag, shake out the contents, and throw the bag in as well!
|Cloth diaper stash and wet bag, unloaded in the washing machine.|
|Rinse Cycle on cold.|
|Adding my soap for the wash cycle.|
|Ready for the real wash now.|
|The nylon snap in liners, separated from the rest of the load.|
|The stash ready to be dried.|
I find that my diapers don't usually get completely dry on just a normal dry cycle, so I usually put them through either a heavy duty cycle, or a normal with a touch up.
|Drying cloth diapers in most dryers takes a little more time than a standard run.|
Your second drying option is to sun dry your diapers on a drying rack. This is energy efficient, and helps to naturally bleach your diapers. Something to consider when sun-drying your diapers though: they get crunchy. They are not very soft after a sun dry session. So, I recommend throwing them in the dryer for 10 min. after they have been sun-dried just to soften them up a bit. Not necessary, but it is what I like to do to keep the softness of cloth diapers on my baby's bum in the equation.
|Sun-drying the diapers in my backyard.|
Now that your cloth diapers are clean and dry, they are ready for your baby to use again! :)