Washing Cloth Diapers - Plain and Simple
Feeling overwhelmed with all the advice out there on washing cloth diapers? Don't panic! Plain and simple here are the top 10 suggestions I give to people when asking me about their washing routine:
1. Do a pre-rinse cycle
Getting the poop and pee concentration down before doing your main wash will allow your detergent to work it's magic so everything comes out squeaky clean.
2. Do know your water type - generally speaking
No need to go over the top and buy water test strips - it's just laundry after all! But, if you have a general idea of your water type (think hard, middle of the road, and soft) this will help you select your detergent and amounts. Hard water means stronger detergent and a little more and soft water means milder detergents are okay and you can get away with a little less.
3. Do use warm water
A good rule of thumb - bodily fluids and solids come out best at the same temperature they went in.
4. Do the drying process that works best for you
Cloth diapers are more durable than you think. Putting them in the dryer at low-medium heat is okay. If hanging to dry is your style - go for it!
5. Do stains bother you?
Lemon juice is a fantastic stain remover! After the diaper is cle