Posts Tagged ‘how to clean a cloth diaper’
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Once you’ve settled into a routine, using cloth diapers is pretty no-brainer. Wash. Rinse. Rinse. Dry. Use. Repeat.
In that challenging period before I figured out not to over-think things, mistakes were made. My No. 1 mistake? Trusting that the other people changing my baby’s diaper would know everything I do. Will someone else be changing your baby in cloth diapers? Be especially cautious. It’s one thing when mom is the rookie. We still read, research, and, well, over-think. Dads, grandmas, and nursery workers might do things, however, that we never even dreamed they would.
Putting On the Diaper
- The best thing you can do if you’re about to leave your baby and your cloth stash in the hands of someone else is have the diapers pre-stuffed and ready to put on. If you don’t it’s quite possible you’ll come home at some point to a baby wearing a diaper with no insert. Even when the diaper is completely assembled, you still might find a rookie is apt to put the diaper on backwards. Something about the snaps throws them off, I think. A FuzziBunz diaper might be more fool-proof than others. I’ve had people put other diaper brands on inside out, too.
What Else They’ll Put On
- There’s something about a day care provider and butt cream. They just love the stuff. There must be some comfort for them in slathering it on generously. But beware: most widely available diaper creams can wreak havoc on your cloth diapers. This happened to me soon after my day care agreed to use cloth for my first son. I’d left his tube of zinc oxide cream with them even after he started wearing cloth. I knew it wasn’t “cloth approved” but didn’t think about them wanting to use it since he was usually pretty clear down there, but boy did they use it. That day’s diapers, though they still function, to this day have some staining left from that incident. Keep the stuff away from your diapers at all costs.
- It’s best that anyone who’s going to wash your cloth diapers gets a full explanation of the proper way to do it. A simple laundry mistake can take lots of re-washing to undo. After the rash cream got used with a few of my cloth diapers, I made the mistake of thinking outside the box for ways to wash it out. I ended up trying a degreaser cream from Lowe’s. I have to rinse my diapers countless times to get the orange smell out. My advice? When you’re a rookie, don’t add anything weird to your diaper laundry. It seems simple enough, but it’s important. Also, think carefully about where you wash. I once did laundry at a campground laundromat and ended up with immediate repelling issues.
You’ve done the research and read all the directions (along with a few hundred blog entries!), but make sure anyone else changing your baby gets all the little details, too. You’ll make things easier on your baby that way – and your diapers!
Jessica Wiant is now a stay-at-home mom of two who was once a working mom with a (cloth diapered!) son in daycare.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
If you were to have asked me two years ago what a diaper sprayer was, I would have looked at you like you were crazy and said “a what”. Ask me now, and it is my favorite cloth diaper accessory, something that I use each day. While I could live without my diaper sprayer, and have while traveling, I prefer not to because it makes cleaning and rinsing out my diapers super easy! In this article, I will give you a few reasons why you should take the plunge (no pun intended) and get your own diaper sprayer, as well as tips on buying a diaper sprayer.
Why do I need a diaper sprayer?
- It makes rinsing poopy diapers very easy. Simply spray the poop into the toilet and flush away. End of story. I even used my diaper sprayer on breastfeeding poop, as well. Works like a charm! Thoroughly rinsing your diapers after poop will also help to prevent staining.
- It is easily attached to the side of your toilet and does not stick out like a sore thumb. The design is sleek and smooth, yet practical.
- It’s a conversation starter! While I mentioned above that it is sleek and trim hanging on your toilet, I am sure people will still wonder what the beautiful piece of chrome hanging on your toilet is. This is when you introduce them to cloth diapers and just how “fun” it is to use the sprayer!
- It can act as a multipurpose tool. My diaper sprayer is in reach of the bath tub. I have used it on multiple occasions to clean my tub and even my dog. Never underestimate the power of creativity with your diaper sprayer!
Tips on buying a diaper sprayer:
- Don’t skimp out when buying a diaper sprayer! This is an item you will be using on a daily basis for the next 2+ years if you cloth diaper 1 child. Invest in a quality one that will last.
- Make sure you get a diaper sprayer that has an adjustable pressure valve. This adjustable spray allows for even some of the most stubborn poops to be lifted off the diaper at its highest setting. I have seen sprayers that barely trickle out at their highest setting, and this does not help to get the diapers clean!
- I prefer a diaper sprayer that is made of durable materials such as chrome. Not only does it look stylish, but it will hold up to the everyday use.
So what about you? Do you own a diaper sprayer? Why or why not have you chosen to use one? Do you find it as helpful as I have?
Buy a FuzziBunz Chrome Diaper Sprayer – click here.
Julie Murphy is a stay-at-home mom who was thrown into the cloth diapers when her husband bet her she couldn’t last two months on cloth. 11 months later, she is still cloth diapering…and blogging about it at My Cloth Diaper Stash.
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
I have all but bragged on this blog about the lack of stink in my diapers. I don’t know what I was doing right, but somehow a very simple wash routine worked well for us at the beginning. Now, I have a confession to make: I have ammonia diapers.
It started innocently enough. I was just going about my routine, washing every couple of days with no issues. And then, in a rush to get the entire family packed and out the door for a road trip to Minnesota, I left three wet diapers in the wet bag for the entire four days we were gone. Needless to say, when we got home and I discovered it, the diapers were no longer wet and the whiff of ammonia when I opened the bag was enough to knock me over. Oops.
I blame that one stupid mistake for starting my battle with ammonia. Now, I know it had probably been building up in all of the diapers for a while, but leaving those unwashed diapers in the bag must have accelerated it. I rinsed and soaked the heck out of those three diapers, but pretty soon my entire stash would emanate the noxious smell on wash day. The diapers and inserts would come out smelling clean enough, but every time I went to put dirties in the washing machine, my nose hairs would get burned all over again.
A quick weekend trip to my parents house a few weeks later and a couple of good cycles swishing around in their large traditional top-loading washing machine (we have a high-efficiency front loader) briefly took care of the problem, but when my daughter started to get unexplained diaper rash and irritation, I was pretty sure the ammonia was back.
And so, to my reliable, experienced, online cloth diapering community, I went. After a little research, it seemed that a lot of you mamas do a soaking routine and add vinegar to the wash to neutralize the ammonia. Tried both of those without a lot of success, so I decided to get a little drastic and do a bleach treatment on my microfiber inserts only, which I read about online too. Now, mind you, bleaching your diapers is a big no-no. Even the label inside my FuzziBunz says, “No chlorine bleach.” However, I thought to myself, I need to know if this bleach works and I’m only doing it on the inserts – not the diapers themselves! My diapers were already stinky and ruined, so I decided to give it a go, fully knowing I might just be voiding my FuzziBunz warranty. Many moms swear by a little bleach once in a while and my diapers have never had anything but water, detergent and sunshine, so I figured it was time to try it.
And dare I say, I think I have killed the beast.
I did my normal wash routine (cold rinse, hot wash with Rockin’ Green detergent), then I moved the actual outershell/covers and wipes to the dryer for a quick dry. Then, separately, I ran a hot cycle with about a ¼ cup bleach on all of my microfiber inserts. Finished with another cold rinse cycle to rinse out any bleach residue and since it was nasty outside, I opted for a dryer cycle on medium and they came out clean and white, smelling like nothing. I’ve washed twice since and still no ammonia to be found.
Now, we all know my history with making claims like this, so I am not suggesting the war with ammonia is over for good. But for this battle, the victory goes to me.
With the poop situation from last week and ammonia this week, I realize I have been doing a lot of nuts and bolts laundry posts lately…something more fun next week, I promise!
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
| Courtesy of FuzziBunz
You’ve probably noticed we’ve been raving a lot about cloth diapers lately. And why wouldn’t we? They’re one of the simplest ways to go green with baby. FuzziBunz is another cloth diaper collection that we love to pieces. And we’re not the only ones. Matthew McConaughey, Tori Spelling and Angela Bassett are all fans. And who can blame them? These diapers are super cute and a breeze to use.
Known as the company that invented the modern cloth diaper, FuzziBunz has been trusted to keep little bums dry since 1999. And with their new One-Size option, they’re making it even easier — and more affordable — for parents to use cloth.
The One-Size style features easy-to-adjust elastic — similar to maternity waistbands — that allows you to customize the waist and thigh openings to suit your growing baby (they fit from newborn up to 35 pounds). Even better? They’re not as bulky as other one-size versions.
| Courtesy of Rockin’ Green
The next question, of course, is how to care for cloth diapers?
Well, we had the chance to try Rockin’ Green laundry detergent and we’re loving it.
Targeted specifically at cloth diapering families, this detergent doesn’t leave any residue so there’s no build-up, which eventually affects absorbency and can cause rashes.
Available in yummy natural scents including Smashing Watermelons and Mighty Mighty Marshmallow, Rockin’ Green also works great for the rest of your laundry too.
There’s also an unscented option too, aptly called Bare Naked Babies. And depending on where you live, you can also buy formulas for hard, regular and soft water to increase the effectiveness.
Want to check these products out? Go to fuzzibunz.com and rockingreensoap.com for more information.
— Stephanie Phoenix
Original article: http://celebritybabies.people.com/2011/01/26/go-green-with-fuzzibunz-diapers-and-rockin%E2%80%99-green-soap/
Friday, May 21st, 2010
View the original post here: http://styleberryblog.com/2010/05/21/an-accidental-passion-cloth-diapering-for-the-modern-mom/comment-page-1
I want to preface this post with some information. I am not a crunchy granola kind of person. Yes, I recycle as much as humanly possible, I make all my own baby food, I am a huge advocate for nursing & I bring my own bags to the grocery store. However, I drive an SUV so I can’t claim to be all that green. But I try as best I can.
A recent conversation at Target:
cashier: [holds up baby gadget I was about to purchase] “they sure make the neatest things for babies these days!”
me: I know! So much fun stuff!
my mom: “How did we ever raise babies without all this cool stuff?!?”
cashier: “I know! Would you believe that with ALL this great stuff my daughter in law is using CLOTH DIAPERS on my grandchild??” [scrunches nose in disgust]
me: “well, actually I use cloth diapers on my daughter and I love them. Look, aren’t they cute??”
This is the conversation I seem to find myself in on a regular basis. When people hear or see that I have chosen this unconventional way of diapering my child, I get everything from blank stares to looks of disgust. I wish I had the ability to open people’s minds about the subject, so I thought why not bring it here! So here it goes, Cloth Diapering for the MODERN MOM!!
I don’t remember exactly when I decided that cloth diapering was for me. It was somewhere during my stint with pregnancy brain (which I swear, is absolutely positively real) that I made this decision. I picked the brains of the four people I knew who cloth diapered (CD’d, for the remainder of this post) their children. I learned their process, their systems & their raves & gripes. I visited a local baby shop that had a bunch of different brands to look at. I touched them & opened/closed them. I fell in love with the soft material that my unborn child would have close to them for the next two years. Seemed a lot better than crunchy, scented, chemical laden materials. CD’s have come a LONG WAY baby!!!
WHY WOULD YOU CLOTH DIAPER?
There are many answers to this question! If you want a very intelligent, fact checked answer, go to The Real Diaper Association Facts Page. I cannot post the info here due to copyrights, so please, give that a look. It’s a fantastic, informative resource.
If you want a regular mom’s answer, here it goes: I thought about how uncomfortable maxipads are & the thought of crunchy, chemical filled material like that up next to my daughter’s most sensitive areas 24/7 for two years just didn’t feel right. I also loved that I would not create waste. I also really loved that my cost of diapers would be about $300 vs the couple thousand dollars it would cost to use disposables. I love how they look. I love how they feel. I don’t mind the extra laundry. I think they are really cute & colorful!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE BRAND THAT YOU DID?
I was lucky enough to be able to touch & feel about 10 different brands of diapers before settling on Fuzzi Bunz as my diaper of choice. I looked at all the methods, and the FB just looked like the simplest to use. I liked the snaps vs. velcro for a couple of reasons. One, they are tougher for the child to take off themselves. Two, they will wear better than velcro. Three, a pet peeve of mine is velcro that sticks to everything in the dryer…so no pulling stuff apart.
I use the Fuzzi Bunz One Size diapers. These diapers, with the proper sizing adjustments, will be the only diapers I ever need for my children. They will fit a newborn & a two year old. Very cool! They are lined with the softest fleece, that wicks moisture from the baby’s bottom & are called “pocket” diapers because you stuff them with a cotton pad insert. I double stuff overnight. Very easy. They adjust using a maternity pant-like button & elastic system around each leg, as well as the waist. You can also custom fit the snaps for the perfect fit. Perfect fit=NO LEAKS! You will need to change your baby after a couple of hours, because if the pad insert is full, the diaper will leak. Good rule of thumb is change every 2-3 hours, except during the overnight hours. You want to change your baby that often anyway to prevent diaper rash whether you use cloth or disposable diapers. My daughter has never had a diaper rash.
HOW DO YOU WASH THEM?
The biggest “nose scrunch” I get from people has to do with how to handle dirty diapers. I hear “I don’t want to touch poop” almost every time I talk about it! For some reason people think you rinse them in the toilet. To that, I say GROSS! I certainly wouldn’t want to do that either! But you don’t do that. You don’t have to touch poop any more than with disposables. I have never had a blowout with my Fuzzi Bunz–so I bet disposable diaper-ers have handled more poop than I have with as frequently as I see disposables unable to contain poop! But let’s be honest here…we’re moms & we’re going to touch it at some point. I just don’t think that is a good excuse not to CD because it comes from a lack of understanding how CDs work.
Before solids were introduced, all I did to wash the diapers was unstuff them (grab the pad insert & pull it out) & throw the entire thing in the wash. If poop gets into the cinched part of the diaper on the side, I would loosen the elastic using the button sizing feature, just to be sure it could be rinsed out. I can only speak from my experience, which has been exclusively breastfeeding, but I have never had a problem with stains then & I don’t now. My wash/dry regimen on an LG front loader is the following:
Wash setting: NORMAL/COTTON
Water Temp: HOT/COLD
on the side “extra” buttons, I use the PREWASH, EXTRA RINSE & WATER PLUS options
To dry: SPEED DRY set to LOW heat for 50 minutes. I try to dry them outside when I can. The sun bleaches the diapers better than any chemicals can!
A few notes on the above…you always want to wash hot & rinse cold. I do a prewash to rinse the diapers of urine & poop. I do an extra rinse to be sure nothing is left in them after the wash cycle has run with soap, as it is the soap that causes unpleasant odors if it builds up. I use the water plus option because if you do the math, you need a lot of water to counter the amount of pee that is in there. Most front loaders do not use enough water to effectively wash your diapers in clean liquid.
I follow with a TUBCLEAN with bleach when I feel the washer is smelling funky. Which is every couple of weeks or so.
Once we began solids, I began using flushable liners. These resemble a dryer sheet & get placed between the baby & the diaper. THESE ARE AWESOME. I will use them sooner next time. Following a poop, I simply lift (or dump) out the mess & flush it down the toilet. I unstuff the diaper & throw it in the bag to be washed. Solid foods actually made cloth diapering easier, as the output from solids is easier to dispose of. I have no experience with jarred baby food output, but since I am making all my own baby food, I can directly alter the consistency of her stools by choosing what to feed her at each meal. This certainly makes it easier on me. I still haven’t switched to cloth wipes and don’t intend to. If anything missed the liner, I just wipe it with the used wipes & throw them away, or use toilet paper & flush it. Check this video out for the full visual: FuzziBunz Diapers + Flushable Liners.
WHAT DO YOU WASH THEM WITH?
CDs cannot be washed with “regular” laundry detergent. Many leave behind buildup that causes the diapers to stink, as they do not rinse clean. What you’ve got to watch out for are enzymes, fabric softeners, brighteners, scents & dyes. The soap you use should not contain any of these. I began using Country Save, which can be found at any military commissary for dirt cheap, and also at some grocery stores. I have also used Charlie’s with so-so results. My diapers seemed to not get as clean with Charlies, but this may be user error, as I don’t think I was using enough soap during my short stint with Charlie’s. Following a stink problem using Country Save, I have recently switched to Rockin’ Green & have been VERY VERY pleased with the results. For a wonderful resource on diapering detergents, see this chart. However, they do not review Rockin’ Green, which is my favorite so far. Rockin’ Green sells samples for 75¢ so you can try before you commit to a whole bag, since diaper detergent lasts forever! I took one of the samples & “rocked a soak” which means I put every diaper I owned in the bathtub with a packet of soap & hot water & soaked overnight. After a full wash, my diapers had never been softer, whiter or smelled better. I adore this stuff, so check them out!! Questions are answered directly by the owner, Kim, on their Facebook Page. Added bonus for San Antonians, their store front is in the Alamo Ranch area, so literally, she is right up the street!! I love supporting local business!
Also important to note, is the use of diaper rash creams or powder. Hopefully, you will never experience a diaper rash, which is one major perk of using cloth diapers. Fuzzi Bunz claims that babies who wear their brand experience fewer diaper rashes, and I have to agree, as we have never experienced it in our house. Creams should not come in contact directly with the fleece as it can cause repelling and problems with absorption. What I have done when my daughter has looked a little red, is spread a little Aquaphor on the affected area which is covered by the flushable liner, which acts as a barrier from the fleece. This has treated the problem overnight everytime. Powders are just unnecessary. For more FAQs, head to the FuzziBunz FAQ Page.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR “SYSTEM”
This was my biggest question before I started. I couldn’t wrap my head around how to store them until I washed them. So here is my system:
I have two locations for dirty diapers because I have a two story house. Downstairs in my laundry room I have a plastic bin on a shelf above my w/d to catch any dirties from downstairs changes or from when we were out & about. I also use it if one happens not to wash totally clean & I have to wash it again. Upstairs in my daughter’s room I have rigged my system to be hidden in a woven wood hamper. I use the FB In and Out Mess Free Diaper Bag to store the dirty diapers. I have two of these, as one is usually dirty and one is clean. I love it because it zips open at the bottom & all I have to do is unzip it & throw it in the wash–no touching of dirty diapers necessary. My plastic bin allows for the same thing–dump & wash, keeping my hands clean.
When I am out & about, I always carry a FB Zippered Diaper Tote in my diaper bag for the dirties. Before I throw a dirty diaper in it, I always unstuff it, so all I have to do is fold the bag inside out for washing. Easy as pie.
Wipes get thrown in the trash. Liners get flushed. Poop is where it should be…down the toilet not sitting in the landfills.
HOW MANY DO YOU NEED?
Honestly, it depends on how often you want to do diapers. I could get by on 12. If I wanted to. But I don’t want to do laundry that often. Until recently, I had been just fine with 19. I bought one to try before I committed, then FB ran a promotion that gave me $40 of free merchandise with the purchase of 9 diapers. I then bought two sets & used the $80 in free product to get the bags & totes for my system. I recently purchased three more. Only reason: NEW COLORS! They were super cute. Not a very good reason, but I bought them anyway. (bought the new colors locally @ Bloom Maternity) So now, I have 22. I do laundry every other or every third day.
And now, for some eye candy…I opted to leave them all large, because I think it is important that you see as much detail as possible if you have never seen one in real life!
[this is the FuzziBunz One Size in the brand new 2010 color Crushed Berry]
[these are the snaps you use to achieve the perfect fit. you are looking at the front of the diaper. there are waist snaps on the top row & hip snaps on the bottom row, assuming you are viewing the diaper right side up]
[each diaper comes with a small pad insert & a large pad insert plus an extra set of elastics. I have yet to need the replacement elastics.]
[this is the tush end of the diaper]
[cotton pads, large & small. I used the small when my daughter was a newborn. now I only use the small size when I double stuff her at night.]
[this is the button & elastic sizing system that makes these "one size" so you can adjust them with the growth of your child. I love that you can get them to fit perfectly with the proper adjustments. this is very similar to many maternity pants sizing systems that grow with you.]
[soft as can be!!!]
[the sizing system is numbered so you achieve consistency through out your entire set of diapers. I have only re-sized mine twice, so it's not like you have to do it all the time.]
[this is the waist button & elastic, so you can get the perfect waist fit, on newborns through toddlers. if you are having problems with leaking, before blaming the diapers, be sure your sizing is right. It does need to be pretty snug. I credit this waist sizer for my zero blowout record.]
[this is how you "stuff" the diapers. Cotton pad goes in & you tuck the fleece under the pad, under the cinched waist. If you experience leaks in the waist, be sure the fleece is tucked. more in the video on that. you can also see the coating on the diaper in this shot. be sure to watch the video for tips on easy stuffing technique, since it is kind of sticky.]
[I also put together a tutorial video so you could see the diapers in action. please use the comments section if you have any questions about cloth diapering, or anything else discussed here. I will follow this post up with Q&A if there is enough interest!! I would also love any tidbits of wisdom, if you happen to be a CDer yourself! there are all sorts of tricks out there & I'd love to know yours! do tell!]