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Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Brittney French

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Cloth 101: Washing Bright Colored Cloth Diapers

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 5.04.47 PMPicture this: You're washing a brand new load of cloth diapers — most of which are light colors like Noodle and White. You take your cloth diapers out of the wash machine and notice that the load is now an entirely different color. You sort through each cloth diaper in the laundry pile and discover that one of your new Sassy and Hummingbird diapers got thrown into the same load, causing the color to transfer! 

Don't let this happen to you! Wash your bright colored cloth diapers 5-7 times separately before washing with any other laundry!

For brighter, bolder colors like Hummingbird, Sassy, Dazzle, Moonbeam, Grasshopper, Albert, Piccadilly Circus, Top Hat, Jules and Carroll, we recommend washing these diapers with 'like' colors for the first six washes to avoid any transfer of dye to other lighter colors. These do not have to be six consecutive washes before your first use. You can also wash these darker color diapers together.

Think of it this way: You wouldn't wash a white T-shirt with your dark blue jeans, so don't wash a Noodle bumGenius 4.0 with a Dazzle Flip. After you wash your brights six times, you can wash them with lighter colors and clean all your cloth diapers in the same laundry load.
 
The same rules apply for discontinued colors like Blossom, Zinnia, Grasshoper, Bubble, Sweet, Butternut, Lovelace and Oops. 
 

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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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