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Cloth Diaper Washing Tips to stop leaks and stink

January 24, 2012

Pooters Laundering Tips (to save you time, hassle, leaks and stinks)

Below are a few tips that can help save you time, hassle, leaks and stinks.

  • USE DIAPER LINERS:
    Pre-line all of your diapers with disposable diaper liners to shorten time when changing baby and make cleaning up a snap.
  • RINSE WITH A DOWNY BALL:
    If you need to add something like a softener or additive to your rinse cycle, put it inside of a Downy Laundry Ball. This little gadget knows when to open up in the wash – keeping you from having to sit by the washer waiting for the rinse cycle.
  • BUY WELL FITTING DIAPERS & COVERS
    A loose fitting diaper will leak on baby. See Determining the Right Size Diaper for Baby for tips on how to measure your baby to choose the right diaper.
  • USE NATURAL OINTMENTS ONLY
    Not all baby ointments are the same. Common ones like Desitin have oils in them that make them good for staying on baby – but unfortunately also make them good for staying on your diapers – causing them to retain odors and lose absorbency. Natural baby ointments like Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm are best for cloth diapered babies – they wash right off in the wash.
  • TURN THE ‘FIRE HYDRANT’ DOWN (Baby Boys Only)
    If baby is a boy – make sure the ‘fire hydrant’ is pointing downwards before closing up the diaper – especially at nighttime.
  • USE DRYER SHEETS FOR FLEECE:
    The repellant properties of fleece can decline over time. Restore it by placing it in the dryer on high heat with a dryer sheet.
  • USE TEA TREE OIL:
    Cut a 3" x 3" square piece of fleece and soak it in tea tree oil. Place this in your diaper pail or wetbag to keep stinky odors at bay.
  • SOAK WHEN YOU SWITCH DETERGENTS:
    Switching between detergents can get a little tricky. Your previous detergent may have left buildup on your diapers that reacts negatively with your new detergent and the result is diapers that stink even worse than when you started. To prevent this from happening you should do a long, overnight soak in the new detergent you're switching to. Simply place your diapers and diaper pail liner in the washing machine. Fill the washer with HOT water and add 2 tbsps of your new detergent. Start the wash cycle to agitate the water and then stop the wash cycle. Allow diapers to soak in the washer overnight and resume the wash cycle in the morning. Finish with five (5) COLD rinse cycles with no detergent.


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