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Published on January 19th, 2014 | by Brittney French


Cloth 201: Never Use the Sanitize Cycle

Bumgenius-Freetime-AIO2The time has finally come. Your baby's bumGenius, Flip and Econobum diapers need to be sanitized. So, what's a desperate mom to do in this situation? Toss those puppies in the wash machine and hit the sanitize cycle button and walk away. 

Except, DON'T.

The sanitize cycle on a washing machines generates extremely hot water, often raising it above our suggested washing temperatures of 140°F/60°C. These high temperatures can cause your cloth diapers to lose elasticity or destroy hook & loop closures, snaps, and PUL. The high heat and prolonged exposure to it can also cause some of these components to wear and degrade more quickly.

If you do need to sanitize your diapers, know that there are more gentle ways to do so that don't involve using the sanitize cycle on your wash machine. 

Try one of these methods:

  • Strip your diapers, which we explain here.
  • *Add 1/4 cup of regular liquid chlorine bleach to your wash load once a month. Just pour it in the bleach dispenser on your wash machine. If you do not have a bleach dispenser, let your machine fill with water and later pour in the bleach. You should add your diapers to the load after you have filled the machine with water and bleach. Never soak your diapers in vinegar or bleach. 
  • Sunning. It's easy and free. Just find a nice sunny spot outdoors to lay down your diapers for an hour or two.
For questions about sanitizing your diapers, give us a call at 1-888-332-2243. Remember, always use a cloth diaper safe laundry detergent.
NOTE: Cotton Babies does not condone the actual tossing of puppies into wash machines.
*Using this recommended amount of bleach once a month will not harm your bumGenius, Flip or Econobum cloth diapers. Always be sure to check with other cloth diaper manufacturers if you plan on adding bleach to your wash load*

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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.

5 Responses to Cloth 201: Never Use the Sanitize Cycle

  1. Rebecca says:

    Is it safe to use that amount of bleach on the flips covers as well, or will is strip the color from them?

  2. desarae says:

    But what if my puppy really needs to be washed? ;)

  3. Beth Ann says:

    Oh man. Good thing you guys said not to add the puppies to the washing machine. I was just calling mine over in preparation before I even finished this post. Then I luckily saw that’s not what you were saying.

    SO confusing, but thank you for the clarification!

  4. Anna says:

    When adding the 1/4 cup of bleach, about how many diapers are in this load? I know that some of us have smaller stashes than others, and I wonder about too much bleach.

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