Published on January 19th, 2014 | by Brittney French5
Cloth 201: Never Use the Sanitize Cycle
The 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.
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.