Hand washing diapers is an awesome alternative to machine washing if machine washing isn’t easily accessible. You can use your bathtub or sink, or a large bucket. A ordinary toilet plunger can also be used to agitate the diapers.
Fill tub or sink with hot water and detergent
Add diapers and swish until they are all wet
Let soak if desired
Put on rubber gloves and agitate diapers for a few minutes
Rinse with warm water until rinse water is clear
Wring out and hang to dry
Make sure you aren’t using too much detergent. You should be using enough that the diapers are coming out clean, but that it doesn’t take ages to rinse all the bubbles away
To conserve water, use the kid’s bathwater as a prerinse. When they are done bathing, put the diapers in to soak before washing.
Consider washing every day. It is less overwhelming to wash less diapers at a time, and they generally take longer to dry.
Leaks don’t have to be part of cloth diapering. If you are experiencing leaks, here are some steps to troubleshoot:
Check if the inserts are soaked. If they are, add an extra layer of absorbency or change baby more often.
Check that the fit is good. You should not be able to see gaps around the legs or waist, but not tight enough to leave red marks (pink marks like the ones your socks leave on your legs are fine)
Check that there isn’t any of the interior of the diaper sticking out. This will wick moisture out onto baby’s clothes
If you are still having problems, contact us. We will help you troubleshoot.
Diaper rashes happen with many babies, whether in cloth or disposable diapers. Only a doctor can diagnose and treat a rash, so if a rash stays for more than a couple of days, looks painful or you are concerned, go to your doctor.
Some ways to deal with rashes are:
Change baby often, especially while they have a rash
Change detergents in case baby is allergic
If baby has been diagnosed with a yeast diaper rash, contact us for instructions to deep clean your diapers
Use a cloth diaper safe diaper cream at change time
Make sure diapers are rinsed thoroughly when washing
If a rash is accompanied by diapers that don’t smell clean, contact us.
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