Washing Diapers

Rebecca - posted on 09/01/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have all in one cloth diapers that I am using. The lady at the store said to use an oxygen bleach to get them really clean and white. Does anyone have any other suggestions to keep them looking clean?

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Jordan - posted on 09/28/2010

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Peroxide (1/2 cup per load and/or soak) and line dry (the sun is a natural bleach)

baking soda didn't really help for us, and vinegar left a funny smell... but I fell in love with the peroxide and line dry

Jennifer - posted on 09/08/2010

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I have been using BG for almost two years. I use tide as well in an HD washing mashing so I only use about 1/4-1/8 of what tide reconmends. once a week i use oxiclean to get the hard stains out. in the diaper pail I put a little baking soda in the extra stinky diapers. (no water) every other week sometimes every week I use white vinegar in the rinse cycle to help soften and get the smells out. I always line dry the covers. The inserts can be dried in the dryer but i prefer line drying to to not only help the planet but my wallet. Always prerinse the diapers in the machine to get the big clumps off and take some of the pee away before washing.
if you take good care of them that should last through many years and a few kids :)

Kathleen - posted on 09/07/2010

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I recommend using Original Tide for cleaning diapers...you probably think I am crazy but it works. I do a cold prerinse, hot wash with a scoop of tide(level 1), rinse and rinse until no bubbles apear. I will soak in vinegar for several hours if there is strong ammonia smells which can happen as your child gets older. It helps.

Kelly - posted on 09/06/2010

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Ya know? I didn't think about winter. This is my first kiddo and he was born in April, so we haven't had to worry about that yet. lol. And he is weaning and doing solids, so I cannot imagine what they are going to look like. According to diaperjungle.com, they say to avoid brighteners and such becuase it is chemicals left behind and can really irritate the baby's skin. They do have a list of common detergents and what is diaper safe, so hopefully one of those on there can help with the stains in winter.

Gemma - posted on 09/05/2010

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Definately the sun helps, but what to do in the winter! I use one-life, php or mothercare own brand nappy sanitiser which kills all the germs but because it doesn't contain any oxygen bleaching agents it doesn't always get the stains out. My baby hasn't begun weaning yet so the stains aren't too bad, however I think once she has and with the winter coming, i'll invest in some more coloured nappies (lollipop do some great microfibre fleece ones which dry super quick and not only does the fleece material repel stains naturally (the poo sort of sits on the surface and doesn't absorb in) but any slight marking is disguised by the lovely range of colours) Also invest in good flushable liners to contain the mess. I do add soda crystals to all my washes to soften the water, as this makes the detergents work more effectively and also loosens stains but remains kind to skin!

Kelly - posted on 09/05/2010

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I have my Bum Genius 3.0...to get the embedded smells I do a little bit of baking soda with the diaper detergent. To get the stains out and make them look white again, white vinegar works, as well as the good old sun. :) My little one is eating solids now, so unless I sun them at least once a week, they look pretty gross. Hope this helps!

Rebecca - posted on 09/03/2010

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I was wondering if oxiclean was okay to use I use it on all my other clothes with detergent but I'm just not sure on the cloth diapers. I am currently using the thirsties brand detergent but it doesn't get the stains all out someone told me to get a prewash detergent but I just don't know what to get. I'll try hanging them out on the line thanks for the tip

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2010

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i second the suggestion to line dry them in the sun...it really works! for more stubborn stains, put lemon juice on the stain first then hang them in the sun.

bleach isn't good for cloth diapers, it breaks down the fabric. even bumgenius only recommends a small amount of bleach once a month.

i have also heard that oxiclean is cloth diaper safe, and works well on stains but i've never tried it.

Tammy - posted on 09/01/2010

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Line drying in the sun is really good, as the sun will naturally bleach stains etc out. Using bleach is not a good idea, i've only heard of bumgenious being able to be washed with a small amount of bleach. Also making sure you are using a cloth friendly detergent will help. I use amolin and baking soda.

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