HOW TO CLEAN CLOTH DIAPERS
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Using cloth diapers is well worth the extra laundry for many families, as disposable diapers contribute significantly more trash to landfills. Disposables makeup 3.4 million tons of landfill waste per year and don't decompose.
While cloth diapers are more of an investment in time and energy, they are much cheaper than disposables in the long run. Cloth diapers are also free of potentially irritating dyes and absorbency gels used in disposable diapers. Lastly, cloth diapers do need to be changed more often than disposables, but this may result in fewer diaper rashes.
Many laundry detergents have additives that can build up on cloth. Regular detergent without optical brighteners tends to work best on cloth diapers. You should also avoid using fabric softeners, as they coat fabrics and reduce absorbency.
Simple Green Laundry Detergent is gentle enough for sensitive skin but strong enough to clean dirty cloth diapers. It works hard to remove tough soils and eliminates the need for adding a separate baby detergent to your wash routine.
The formula uses plant-based surfactants and a smart enzyme system with no chlorine, optical brighteners, borax, or phosphates. It does not contain detectable amounts of the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane or endocrine-disrupting phthalates, and NPEs found in some other brands.
It's best to do diaper laundry every two or three days. Putting it off any longer can result in mildew stains and more washes needed to get the diapers clean.
Use this tip for more information about pre-treating fabrics.
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Remove solids before washing cloth diapers by either swishing them around in the toilet or using a diaper sprayer hooked onto the toilet.
For heavy stains, dampen material before pre-treating with full strength Simple Green.
After pre-treating, wash immediately.
When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first.
HE Washing Machines:
Conventional Washing Machines:
Tip: Overloading a washing machine inhibits thorough cleaning and rinsing. Running smaller loads may take longer, but the results will be much better.
Tip: Why not clean your diaper pail while the diapers get washed? Use this tip.
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