Wednesday, June 9, 2010
So the first video is of what I have or what you will need. I looked through lots of videos and some people do not soak cloth diapers and just let them sit stinky in a hamper. The best video on Youtube that showed how to wash diapers was howcast. When you are washing the diapers it reminds me of the days where I had to test the chlorine of our pool. You do not want the diapers to have too much base and you don't want your diapers to be acidic, you want it to be just right.
So the first step is to get off all of the debris. I use disposable liners that you can flush down the toilet. Some people are ok with scrubbing poop off of the diapers. I also have a diaper sprayer that has not been hooked up yet because I haven't needed it yet. Don't be nasty and put poop in your washer!
I have a bucket that when ever there is a dirty diaper, it gets thrown in. The diaper doesn't go anywhere but the bucket. The bucket is about 1/4 cup oxyclean and baking soda in a gallon of water. The baking soda and oxyclean doesn't take out all of the smells so I sometimes put a small squirt of seventh generation dish soap in there.
The next thing is to dump out all of the nasty water. If there was any poop on the diapers you may need to rinse out all of the diapers and this is where a diaper sprayer comes in handy.
Dump them in the wash with laundry soap, vinegar, and laundry booser (I used tide). I have seen people that use bleach, borax or oxyclean as a laundry booster. I would not use shout as a laundry booster, it has a thick film that is not gentle on skin. I use shout for my hubby's work stains. I don't use bleach because it breaks down fibers faster. The vinegar is to take out the baking soda which you need to do so your child doesn't get any infections. I start the wash with the concoction of cleansers on cold. After the cycle is done I run it through a couple more cycles until I can't smell the tide and that makes me feel like they are clean enough.
To dry them I throw them in the drier. I have tried to let them line dry and they take too long.
Sorry that I wasn't able to rotate the videos. Dirtydiaperlaundry.com was able to teach me many things about cloth diapers when I was on the debate of switching over.