Washing and care for Cloth diapers.

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I bought a ton of cloth diapers so I wouldn't have to do laundry often. When they started giving my son a rash I was told I wasn't washing them often enough.

Must I really wash them every other day? Because I feel I have wasted my money if I am supposed to do it every other day anyway.

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Tammy - posted on 08/12/2010

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A rash may be a reason for a couple things-
Change your son at least every two hours- you are meant to do this when using disposables too but many people dont.
-Make sure you are using a cloth friendly detergent. Do your nappies smell clean after you have washed them or do they still smell abit? A rash can be caused from build-up of detergent in the nappy. My wash routine is pre-rinse, hot wash, rinse x 2. You could try stripping your nappies too, so after you do your regular wash, wash again with a small squirt of dishwashing detergent and rinse until there are no bubbles.

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Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2010

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i wash mine every other day but i would think that as long as yours are being washed well enough, washing less often would be okay.

what is your wash routine when you do wash them?
if you do rinse, wash hot, rinse maybe try wash cold, wash hot, rinse and see if that helps.

what kind of detergent are you using?...if the detergent isn't completely cloth diaper friendly, it may be sticking to your diapers and irritating baby's skin when combined with urine or poop

Andrea - posted on 08/10/2010

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I was under the impression that the rash comes from not changing them often enough - they do not hold as much as disposable diapers and do not keep the moisture away the same way, so they must be changed often - that is where having many of them comes into play.

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