Published on January 5th, 2014 | by Brittney French12
Cloth 201: The Dos and Don’ts of Washing Cloth Diapers
People use bleach, people boil, people like Tide, people strip, people sun, and people also tend to give conflicting washing instructions that go against Cotton Babies recommendations. Now, what you do to your cloth diapers is your prerogative. But following a blurb from a mama on some forum that says, "Boiling my inserts works great for me," isn't always the best thing to do because advice that doesn't come from Cotton Babies could void your warranty on bumGenius, Flip and Econobum diapers.
To make sure you know how NOT to void the warranty on your Cotton Babies' diapers, we've created the handy list for you below!
- Wash your cloth diapers on warm or hot, but temperatures should not exceed 140°F/60°C.
- Add 1/4 cup of REGULAR liquid chlorine bleach to your wash load once a month.
- Do one cold wash, one hot wash (both with detergent), then rinse.
- Use a cloth diaper safe detergent, which you can find here.
- Strip your diapers if you experience leaks or odors.
- Line dry covers, tumble dry inserts on medium heat setting.
- Boil your diapers or inserts, or use the sanitize cycle. EVER. It's simply too hot.
- Use a cream, lotion or oil without a barrier.
- Wash with detergents not formulated for cloth diapers. Detergents containing pure soap, enzymes, fabric whiteners, fabric brighteners, fabric softeners or anything scented are not recommended. You can download a list of detergent recommendations here.
- Add bleach more than once a month.
- Soak your diapers.
- Baking soda and vinegars are a no-no because the additives can damage the waterproofness and elasticity of your diapers. These products can also change the pH of your diapers resulting in skin irritations.
If you're still unsure about how to wash your cloth diapers safely without voiding your warranty, give us a call at 1-888-332-2243 so we can help. You can also read more about the Cotton Babies warranty here.