Cloth diapering appears to be a fantastic eco-conscious choice until the topic of dealing with the cleanup comes up. Many individuals feel overwhelmed by the complex washing advice circulating on TikTok and Instagram. However, I'm here to assure you that it doesn't have to be so intricate! Whether you're new to this or just need a refresher, we've got you covered with the fundamental steps for washing those adorable reusable diapers. Trust me, it's simpler than you think!


Let's start with the pre-wash routine. When your little one leaves you a surprise, rinse the diaper to remove any solid waste. A diaper sprayer attached to your toilet works well, but if you don't have one, a simple dunk and swish will suffice. If you're out and about, don't worry! Store the soiled diapers in a wet bag until you return home. Then, toss the rinsed diapers into the washing machine for a prewash with a small amount of detergent to eliminate any remaining residue and prepare them for the main wash.

Main Wash 

Next, onto the main wash cycle! Use a high-quality detergent that is free from fabric softeners and bleach, as these can impact the absorbency and durability of your diapers. Opt for a warm or hot water setting, based on your machine's capabilities and the diaper brand's guidelines, for a thorough clean. After the cycle is complete, check the diapers to ensure they are spotless and fresh.


Lastly, let's dry those adorable diapers! While air-drying is the eco-friendly choice, using a dryer on a low heat setting is a good option and won’t damage your diapers. Sunlight acts as a natural bleach and sanitizer, so if possible, let your diapers bask in the sun on occasion. Just be cautious of any elastic parts, as prolonged exposure to sunlight can weaken them. And there you have it! Fresh, clean diapers ready to keep your little one comfortable and dry for the next round.

There you have it – cloth diaper washing made simple! You can dive into more complexities of caring for cloth diapers, but it does not require that. If you come across an issue with your wash routine you can do more research or reach out for help, but you do not have to know it all before you start. Jump in with the basics and enjoy the journey with your little one!

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