Cloth Diaper Care
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Caring for cloth diapers is not difficult, but it is important to follow
washing directions carefully. Only additive-free detergents should
be used, and sparingly. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets will coat
fibers, decreasing absorbency. Baking soda, white vinegar, or
oxygen bleach can be used for the occasional stains or smells, but
generally it's best to keep the day-to-day wash routine simple.
For most cloth diapers, the following routine will work well:
The following detergents are good choices for washing cloth diapers:
These brands can sometimes be found at baby boutiques or natural food stores; all can be ordered online.
Wool requires different care than other diaper fabrics. However, it need not be washed frequently, as the natural lanolin in wool neutralizes urine. A wool cover may only need to be washed once or twice a month.
To wash wool, run lukewarm water into a sink or dishpan, add wool wash, gently work the soapy water through your covers, and leave to soak for at least ten minutes. Do not rinse. Wrap the covers in a towel and squeeze out excess moisture, then lay flat to dry. Occasionally, you may wish to add extra lanolin to the wash water, or use a lanolin spray, to help restore waterproofing to your covers.
Washing wool can actually be enjoyable, with the many wonderfully scented soaps available for the task. Eucalan woolwash is a reliable favorite. Sudz 'n Dudz offers bar soaps, liquid, lanolin spray, and lanolin balm in a dizzying array of delicious scents.
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