Washing Cloth Diapers
Mother-ease Wash &
Wash Before Use – *See our return policy on washed products.
Diapering products – Wash no more than 8 -10 cloth diapers at a time (minimize lint accumulation) before use with hot water and your favorite laundry detergent.
Swim Diapers – Hand wash in warm water and line dry. Do not wrap wet swim diaper in towel. Garment may bleed color.
Breathable Diaper Pail Meshes and Wet bags – Wash in hot water with detergent before first time use. Color may bleed.
Choose from the following two storage and wash methods:
(A) Wet pail or Pre-soak system – best for reduced staining
- Place Mother-ease Breathable Mesh Pail Bag into diaper pail, add water and a tablespoon of detergent to desired fill level. Place used cloth diapers into pail and let soak (soiled cloth diapers are rinsed in toilet). When ready to launder the mesh bag may be lifted out of the pail and placed over/near a drain. Empty the remaining water from the pail. When much of the water has drained from the bag, place bag back into pail and transport to washing machine. Be sure to open the bag so that the cloth diapers can work their way out during the wash cycle. (best for front loading machines)
- Run a pre-rinse or a short cycle with cold water.
- Wash the cloth diapers in a full cycle, at highest water level, using hot water (70°C / 160°F), and the manufacturers recommended amount of your favorite detergent. Avoid bleach as it can be very harsh against your baby’s skin and will damage the cloth diaper’s fibers and elastics. Avoid the use of fabric softeners or use just a small amount. Over use will result in reduced absorbency.
- Washed cloth diapers may either be line dried or dried in the dryer on medium heat.
(B) Dry pail system
- Place Mother-ease Breathable Mesh Pail Bag into the diaper pail, add used cloth diapers (soiled cloth diapers must be rinsed in toilet). When ready to launder lift the mesh bag out of pail and transport to laundry machine. Be sure to open the bag so that the cloth diapers can work their way out during the wash cycle (best for front loading machines).
- Run a pre-rinse or a short cycle with cold water.
3. and 4. Follow Mother-ease washing and drying instructions above.
For both wet and dry pail systems wipe pail clean regularly with warm soapy water.
Hand or machine wash used covers with your cloth diapers using your favorite detergent and tumble dry on low, or line dry.
Helpful Notes and Hints
Mother-ease does not recommend the use of oxygenated products, chlorides (bleach), fluorides, peroxides nor any harsh solvents. Do not rinse cloth diapers in toilets containing automatic toilet bowl cleaners.
Use of these products will cause fabric disintegration on all natural fibers evidenced by balding spots throughout one or all layers of the cloth diaper and will adversely affect product longevity.
Waterproof Covers – Use over cloth diapers to prevent leakage. Covers can usually be used 3 to 4 times before washing, provided they aren’t soiled.
Line Dried Diapers – An environmentally friendly way to dry your cloth diapers and adds moisture to your house in the winter. Sunshine is an excellent way to naturally bleach your cloth diapers. You can soften up your line dried cloth diapers by placing them in your dryer for a few minutes.
How to Prevent Odors and Staining with the Wet Pail Method – Add a tablespoon of detergent or Borax and fill your pail with enough water to cover the cloth diapers. Change the water daily. Before putting the cloth diapers in the washer, tip off some of the water into the toilet to ease the weight of the pail or if using Breathable Mesh Pail Bags, remove mesh and let some water drain off, then place open mesh containing cloth diapers into machine (best for front loading machines). Rinse and refill the pail. Clean the pail well regularly.
How to Prevent Odors and Staining with the Dry Pail System – Important: To avoid odors from setting into fabrics when using Dry Pail Method, do not leave cloth diapers sitting in a closed pail for days at a time. At the end of each day used cloth diapers stored without pre-soaking should be run through a rinse and spin or equivalent machine cycle. Rinsed cloth diapers can be returned to the pail or ideally spread/hung to dry. Remember set odors are difficult to remove.
Cloth Diaper Stains – Rinse soiled cloth diapers promptly in the toilet to minimize stains. Biodegradable paper liners or Stay Dry liners will also help. Should you have a tough stain, soak it in a concentrated solution of Ivory Snow or Dreft gently rubbing occasionally until the stain has lifted. Repeat if necessary.
Help ensure more hot water gets to your machine by running the hot water tap nearest to your machine until water is hot.
Dreft and Ivory Snow are well suited for washing cloth diapers while formulated to be gentle on infant’s skin.
Creams – Sticky barrier creams used to help prevent diaper rash can leave residues making cloth diapers water repellent. Disposable paper liners will help prevent residue from accumulating on cloth diapers.
Disposable Liners – To simplify the cleanup of soiled cloth diapers, disposable liners may be laid into the diapers.
Diaper Rash – A number of factors can cause diaper rashes. The first thing to try is more frequent diaper changes. Should the problem persist, run another final rinse cycle and add a cup of white vinegar. For more information visit our page on Diaper Rash.
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