Care Science

Washing Diapers consists of three types of washing: Pre-wash, Regular washing and stripping.

Pre-wash

Before the first use, wash your new bamboo inserts/ soakers and microfiber inserts four or five times in water. Washing increases the absorbency of the diapers. We suggest doing the first wash in cold water with vinegar added to it. The vinegar will set the fabric and prevents future staining. Then wash twice with warm water and detergent. Make sure you dry the diaper in the sun after each of these washes.

Regular wash

Please follow ABCD of diaper washing

A. Alienation of solids – remove any solid waste in the diaper to closet.
  • Dispose of any waste by flushing it down the toilet
B. Bucket soaking - Keep the diaper soaked in the bucket
C. Cleaning the diaper
  • Pre-rinse with cold water in the bucket.

  • Toss it in the washing machine.

  • We recommend a low foaming and hypoallergenic detergent.

  • You can add white vinegar to your wash water to aid in odor removal. Fabrics washed with white vinegar may need an additional rinse or two.

  • You can also add a tsp of Dettol or Savlon in the final rinse.

  • Do not use bleach, fabric softener or any laundry detergent that has optical brighteners, stain protectors or fabric conditioners in it. These products will leave a waxy build-up and lower the absorbency of the inserts or cause leaks.

  • If the diaper smells bad after washing, then you need to use MORE detergent and rinse the cloth diapers more thoroughly in MORE water. You may need to go for oxy bleach when fighting a yeast infection, but make sure that you don’t do it regularly. Bleach breaks down the fibers in cloth diapers causing them to deteriorate. It may ruin some diaper covers also.
D. Dry the cleaned diaper
  • Hang dry the inserts as sun is nature’s best disinfectant. It will help sterilize cloth diapers.

Stripping

Stripping is needed when your diaper is leaking or repelling frequently, or diaper smells horrible when it becomes wet. Stripping helps you to remove mineral build up. It will also correct the damages made by improper wash methods and remove any additives or residues that have been used while diapering your baby. There are three ways of doing stripping.

  1. Get 4-6 warm water washes without detergent to get rid of most residues.

  2. Sanitize the diapers after a yeast infection, by adding ¼ cup of bleach (Avoid chlorine beach and use oxy bleach) to your wash cycle.

  3. Remove diaper creams, fabric softeners or other stubborn stains or oils by gently rubbing on the problem areas with a dish soap and rinse prior to washing.