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clean diapers hanging on a clothesline 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:

  1. Rinse with cold water.
  2. Wash with hot water and just a tablespoon or two of detergent.
  3. Rinse again, with either hot or cold water.

The following detergents are good choices for washing cloth diapers:

  • Country Save contains no additives and is proven to wash cleanly out of laundry.
  • Allen's Naturally is another good detergent with similar properties.  Very little is needed for each load.
  • Charlie's Soap is one of the most-recommended brands.  However, babies with sensitive skin may have a reaction to it.

These brands can sometimes be found at baby boutiques or natural food stores; all can be ordered online.

Wool Care

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.

wool soaker 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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