*You must wash ALL diapers & covers prior to first use 3-5 times: This must be done so your diapers can be at their full absorbency. Washing will remove the natural oils and waxes that will hinder your diapers absorbency. I recommend you wash 5 times with hot water and use a small amount of detergent.
*ONLY use cloth diaper safe detergents. Detergent can affect many aspects of your diapers: absorbency, odor, and how long your diapers will last.
Here is a Cloth Diaper Safe Detergents Chart: http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html
*Wash cloth diapers regularly. I suggest every 2-3 days. This will keep stains from setting in and will discourage mold growth.
*Wool products hand washed every 2-3 weeks.
*No fabric softeners, no optical whiteners or brighteners, & no enzymes.
*Never use chlorine bleach on cloth diapers.
My Laundry routine:
Step 1– No detergent cold rinse & spin cycle
Step 2-Hot water wash on highest setting with a cloth diaper safe laundry detergent
Step 3-1 or 2 Extra rinse cycles to ensure no soap residue
Step 4-Separate out diaper shells/covers to air dry. Everything else dry on a medium setting with 6 dryer balls and two large towels to help reduce static and dry quicker.
*Stained diapers I line dry outside for sun to naturally bleach. For really bad stains I spray a little lemon juice and then line dry. I use a portable clothes rack because I don’t have enough room for a traditional clothes line. The Household Essentials 3-Arm Portable Umbrella-Style Clothes Dryer works great for me and was not too expensive.
Helpful Websites and Resources:
Cloth Diaper Safe Detergents: http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html
Washing Cloth Diapers Information: http://www.kellyscloset.com/Cloth-Diaper-Information_ep_34-1.html#washing