How do I wash cloth diapers?

  • Rinse immediately after changing. Shake the diaper over the toilet to flush away any solid waste. Then rinse thoroughly to avoid stains and odors. For optimal results, presoak diapers and inserts in cold water for half an hour before washing.
  • You do not need to wash the cover after every use if it is not soiled. Simply rinse it thoroughly with warm water, line dry, and reuse a few more times before washing. 
  • Wash diapers separately from other laundry. You may wash the outer cover and inserts together in the same load.
  • Choose a mild detergent. Any baby detergent that doesn't contain brightener or fragrance is safe to use on our diapers. Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/2 of your normal amount. For optimum results, the detergent must be completely dissolved.
  • Do not use harsh detergents or additives. Many regular detergents contain enzymes, bleach, brighteners, fragrance, and other chemicals that can damage the waterproof outer shell (TPU fabric), causing diapers to leak. Antistatic products, fabric softeners, and other additives can irritate your baby’s delicate skin. Chlorine bleach may cause yellowing.
  • Use lots of water. During the wash cycle, more water is better, especially for poopy diapers. Try washing your diapers on a larger load capacity or with extra rinses.
  • Prevent color bleeding. If the outer cover is a dark color, wash it with like colors in cold water 2–3 times before use. This helps prevent the color from bleeding. When storing wet diapers, do not leave wet colored diapers mixed in with whites because dye transfer can occur.
  • Stick to a wash routine. Do not wait more than three days to wash your diapers. Washing every 1–2 days helps prevent odor-causing bacteria. Rinse soiled diapers before putting them in the diaper pail. Use a pail liner or soak diapers in a solution of lukewarm water and a gentle detergent. Before washing, run diapers through a spin cycle to release excess contaminated water. This will help prevent stains and odors.
  • Set the right temperature. The maximum washing temperature for our diaper pockets and covers is 95 degrees F or 35 degrees C. Higher temperatures can damage the elastic as well as the fabric. The same heat restriction holds for bamboo inserts. Microfiber inserts can be washed in any water temperature.
  • Turn diapers inside out before washing. This will help the outer cover last longer and will prevent colors from fading.
  • Use the fold-back laundry tab. Secure the Velcro fastener during washing and drying so that it doesn’t catch on other diapers or pick up lint. Do not open the Velcro fastener when the diaper is wet; doing so will reduce its stickiness.