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Published on September 8th, 2013 | by Brittney French


Cloth 201: High Efficiency Wash Machines

Washing cloth diapers in a high efficiency wash machine shouldn't be any different than washing cloth diapers in a top loader or laundromat.

Sometimes, however, it is different because HE wash machines use as little water and energy as possible to clean your laundry. This can be good and bad.

When washing dirty cloth diapers, it is extremely important to be sure that your bumGenius, Flip and Econobum covers are getting cleaned enough. If not, your cloth diapers may start to stink due to detergent build up and left over messes, which could irritate your baby's sensitive skin.

Finding the perfect cloth diaper laundry routine for a HE wash machine is tricky, but we have a few tips that can help:

  • A full load of cloth diapers is 12 - 15 cloth diapers or covers and inserts. Putting more in the machine can keep your diapers from getting as clean as needed. Your diapers need room to move around freely to get as clean as possible.
  • We recommend washing every other day, regardless of what type of machine you have. This prevents bacteria growth and stink issues.
  • If your little one is eating solid foods or drinking liquids other than water, formula or breast milk, we recommend rinsing your diapers before you put them in your wet bag or pail. This also helps to prevent staining and stink issues.
  • Try our "Wet Towel Trick." To 'trick' a high efficiency machine into adding more water to your laundry cycles, add a saturated towel (or two) to the beginning of your wash routine. Let the towel go through all the wash cycles (hot, cold and rinses) to make sure the machine adds the most water possible to every cycle.

For additional questions about washing your cloth diapers, give us a call at 1-888-332-2243.

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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.

One Response to Cloth 201: High Efficiency Wash Machines

  1. Hey, I am surprised that you didn’t list wash using “bulky items” setting. It’s what I use when I do diapers.My trick to clean, clean, CLEAN diapers, is as fws:
    1. Rinse and spin COLD
    2. Wash on bulky items COLD w/ 1/2 the recommended amount of detergent, OR soapnuts (I LOVE THEM!)
    3. Wash on bulky items HOT using soapnuts
    4. Remove soapnuts
    5. Rinse and spin
    6. Line dry.

    It seems like a lot of work, but really, it’s the best way.
    Gets them really clean.

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