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Published on September 29th, 2013 | by Brittney French

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Cloth 101: Prepping Your Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers require a little bit of TLC.thumbnail

You will need to wash your diapers a bit differently than you would with other laundry — from start to finish. Prepping, wet towel tricks, regular washes with hot and cold cycles, and stripping, become part of your cloth diaper laundry routine.

So, when you pick up a bumGenius Freetime4.0Newborn or Flip diaper covers and Stay Dry inserts, what is the first thing you do to get these cloth diapers ready for use?

Prep!

Here's how:

  1. Sort your diapers into like colors, just like you would any other laundry. Darker, bolder colors should be washed separately from lighter, pastel colors for the first few washes to avoid color transfer.
  2. Attach the laundry tabs on hook & loop diapers.
  3. Once you have your diapers sorted, we recommend washing once in a cloth diaper safe detergent using a hot wash/cold rinse cycle on your machine.
  4. Line dry covers.
  5. Tumble dry bumGenius and Flip inserts on a low or medium heat setting. 
  6. Stuff inserts into pocket style diapers like bumGenius 4.0.

For cloth diapers with natural fibers like bumGenius Elementals, Flip Day and Night Time Inserts, and Econobum, Chinese and Indian Prefolds, you will need to wash in hot water 3-5 times, drying between each wash to remove all the natural oils found in cotton fabric. By removing these oils, you are making the cotton more absorbent. 

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About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook page, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and cheers for her favorite sports team.



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