A lot of people get overwhelmed with the idea of washing cloth diapers. In all honestly, it’s not any more gross than taking out the dirty diaper trash. Somebody’s gotta do both of those things, so might as well save some $$ and some space in the landfill and wash your fluff.
Washing your cloth diapers
The biggest rule of thumb when washing cloth diapers is this: wash them till they’re clean. Obviously you don’t want chemicals on baby’s bum (that’s probably one of the reasons you’re doing cloth diapers in the first place!), so getting all the pee, poo and detergent off is the main key.
How to do it? That can take on many forms, but we’ve found the best route is a cold wash and a hot wash, with a line dry after or tumble on very low heat. Sometimes we add in an extra rinse here or there depending on soil level of that particular load, or maybe even an extra wash cycle, but you can tailor those elements to fit your baby/family’s needs.
COLD WASH This gets the main goo off. Make sure you’ve dumped all clumps of poo in the toilet prior to washing (this should be done after each solid diaper change)! If it’s loose, it goes. If it’s stuck on or liquid enough to have sunk in, it should wash out in this cycle.
HOT WASH This sanitizes the diapers and gets any final remnants washed out. Some advise against using an actual “sanitize” cycle if your washer has it, as this is extra hot and could put too much wear and tear on your diapers. We’ve done it before but only when the diapers really needed it. Normally the regular “hot wash” cycle should do fine.
LINE DRY/TUMBLE DRY Ideally you should always hang dry all your diapers if you want them to last the longest. But, well, we moms don’t always have that kind of time… So if you can at least hang your covers and tumble dry the rest, that will help a lot (those dry super quick anyway), but if not, just make sure the heat setting is as low as it can get without being air dry… Cause at that point your diapers will actually dry quicker on a line. Speaking from experience here.