FuzziBunz are easy to use and easy to wash at home! Following our suggestions for washing will help to not only clean your diapers correctly but prolong their life and prevent problems in the future.
Start your wash routine with the correct detergent. It is SO worth it to invest in a detergent that is safe for pocket diapers (not to be confused with cloth diapers – cotton acts differently than polyester).
No. 1 Recommended Brands:
Use either FuzziBunz Detergent, Rockin Green or Allens Naturally.
No 2. Recommended Brands:
More mainstream store brands would be 7th Generation, and Ecover.
No. 3 Recommended Brands:
Even more mainstream than that would be Tide Free and Arm & Hammer Free. But beware of store brands – use only ¼ of the recommended amounts of mainstream detergents as many of them include a lot of wax and you want to prevent this from happening.
There is no need to use fabric softeners for cloth diapers. If you do this, repelling can occur. But what is not common knowledge is that if you use softeners or dryer sheets on your other clothing – it can still get onto your diapers. So if you need to use a softener use it in the wash, not the dryer and do a vinegar rinse cycle to clear out any left over softener before washing your diapers. Stay away from dryer sheets altogether.
FuzziBunz were created to prevent diaper rash – so full time use of pockets is the best way to prevent it. But if your baby does get a rash, do not use a pocket and diaper cream or you will never get it out. What you can do is make a paste of a corn starch / zinc oxide based powder and apply that to the skin. It will help the rash and not ruin your diapers.
There seems to be a different wash routine for just about every brand of diaper and ever diaper user seems to have their own “secret” to preventing smell, getting diapers clean or removing residue. There is NO need for any of these things. Borax, baking soda, vinegar, tea tree oil, Oxiclean and the list could go on and on and on. Wash FuzziBunz with the recommended detergent and none of the other stuff should be needed.
The exception to the rule above is if you have hard water. Even if you don’t, using a mild water softener like Calgon to the wash is a good way of preventing buildup from happening. You can also use Rocking Green “Hard Rock” to help prevent build up.
Keep your wash routine as simple as possible. Here is a good routine to follow:
- Rinse poopy diapers with a diaper sprayer into the toilet to get off excess mess – do not soak in mixtures of anything. Store in a dry pail or a Hanging Diaper Pail.
- If you do not rinse your diapers with a sprayer, run a cold soak cycle (again, with no additives) and rinse out the messy water.
- Run a hot wash with any of the recommended detergents. Add Calgon water softener if you have hard water, and a good idea to add a little even if you don’t.
- Dry in a clean dryer (that has not had dryer sheets run through it) on medium or low until dry. If you want to add an even greener aspect to your wash routine - dry them in the sun - this will save energy and naturally bleach your Bunz!