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Cloth Diapers and Static - how to get rid of static cling with your cloth diapers

February 15, 2011

Eliminating Static

At times static can be especially problematic in your cloth diapers. To get rid of it, try one of these two natural solutions.

1. Use vinegar in your rinse cycle
Vinegar truly is a wonder solution when it comes to cloth diapers. Not only will it get rid of static, it also helps to get rid of odors and bacteria in your diapers, improves absorbency, and naturally softens. Simply add 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your diaper wash, or if you have a top-loading washer, add 1/4 cup of vinegar to a downy rinse ball and throw it in the wash - it will automatically open in the rinse cycle.

2. Use wool dryer balls
Dryer balls absorb moisture, serve as a fabric softener, and improve airflow between clothes items as they toss about in your dryer. In doing so, they help to decrease drying time (by up to 40%) – thereby saving energy. Wool dryer balls are better than traditional plastic dryer balls because they’re made from all natural, sustainable materials and have better absorbency. Add 2 to 4 balls to your dryer to eliminate static, soften your diapers and speed up your drying time.

WATCHOUTS:

  • Overuse of vinegar can break down the PUL in your Pocket and All In One diapers, causing them to leak. Be sure to limit your use of vinegar to no more than once a month.
  • Avoid using vinegar in hard water areas. It can react with the minerals in the water and cause odor problems and diaper leaks.
  • Do not use dryer sheets to soften your diapers or reduce static. They ingredients in dryer sheets will reduce the absorbency of your diapers and will cause them to leak.


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