7 responses to “Caring for Your Cloth Diapers- Simply”

  1. Lora Allen

    I wash my diapers in hot water with a detergent that has no added fragrances or softeners. Every few months I strip them with bleach. I have noticed a rash that won’t go away so I might try the dishwasher suggestion.

  2. Danielle Riddell

    While we are currently out of diapers with our daughter, we have number 2 on the way so we’ll be starting back up again. With our first, I never did find a good routine. We had an odd washing machine coupled with hard water, and I was constantly stripping. This time around, we have a new top-loading HE washer which I’m sure will take some getting used to, but I think it will be much easier than the old one.

    I also experimented with several different detergents last time around, including Purex free and clear, Rockin’ Green, Tiny Bubbles, Ecos, and probably more that I’ve forgotten. I think this time around I will stick with Ecos and possibly try Planet. Last time in my frustration to get the stink out, I used oxy-clean and bleach on several occasions, which ended up ruining the elastic in several of my dipes, so I’ll only be using bleach if we are fighting an infection.

  3. Cassandra Pring

    I just googled this today for first time wash. Thanks for the helpful info.

  4. Charity

    I love using cloth diapers and have recently tried linen diaper barriers when my baby has a diaper rash. The linen against their bum keeps the diaper cream from getting onto the diaper but is also really healing for their rash as well. You can buy them here http://shop.kingdompaths.com/Diaper-Shields-Linen-Diaper-Liners-MIS-85000-DIA.htm
    Or just make your own.
    Also my favorite cloth diapers are bum genius pocket diapers. If you guys ever want to add cloth diapers to the boutique those are the brand I would recommend.

  5. Karen Q

    Well, I have clothed diapered 4 children with the baby now. Have an array of different diapers I have made and have purchased. I have hard city water and old machines, that means I don’t have some of the fancy cycles like “desinfecting super hot,” nor have the money to buy the pricey CD detergents. so I found a bucket at my local Krogers that is a Kroger brand powder detergent. It is so basic that has nothing that would cause much build up if at all, and by now (1yr use). Main thing is to look for ENZYME free detergent, and the recomendations of the article.
    I’ve used both dry and wet pails, one with vinager and water mixture, now I’ve settled for a hanged pillow case. If you ever have to buy covers for bed bugs/allergies for your mattreses, they come with pillow cases of the same materil, breathable and yet keeps the mess in, avoid the vynil ones.
    I was in cold no soap, then in HOT with Regular amount of detergent, then rinse on cold. The thing for me is that I seldom am around the washing machine when I put it to the first cold wash, and it is not enough to put it in the rinse cycle, it needs to aggitate a lot. so it goes a wash and a rinse cycle with no soap, then a regular hot wash and cold rinse. My rinse cycle is a joke so I have to “wash” it again to rinse. then to the dryer or the line, that is when I spot stains and to the sun with detergent.
    No problems of smell nor build up.
    Oh and for “liners” I use fleece, the kind that is often reduced sale at JoAnns. it is such a easy clean up!

  6. Amanda easy

    I’ve not mastered a good wash routine since moving and getting a hE top-loader and soft water. I’ve tried various combinations of rinse cycles, extra water, less detergent, stripping, etc. no luck. Still has small barn-smell out of dryer or smell ok until first bit of pee-pee and the major amonia smell and tough on his bum. After months of trying, I’ve given up Andy stash sits unused. Previously had old basic machine with am with water. Any signs of stink is strip and we’d be good for another 2-3 weeks until strip again. Disappointing :/

  7. Sarah

    The winner of the diaper cream prize is Cassandra Pring!! Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways!

Food For Thought

Food for Thought

"It is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has."

Sir William Osler


Food for Thought

"Happiness is underrated and critically important to health. Seriously! Unfortunately, many people just have no idea how to be happy."

Aviva Romm

Food for Thought

"Physicians simply do not have time to be what patients want them to be: open-minded, knowledgeable teachers and caregivers who can hear and understand their needs."

Snyderman and Weil

Food for Thought #1

"They say that time changes things. But you actually have to change them yourselves."

Andy Warhol

Food for Thought

"To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking."

Johann Wolfgang von Goether

Food for Thought

"Birth isn’t about avoiding one set of realities in favor of another. It’s about embracing all facets of birth--contradictory, messy, or unpleasant as some might be--as vital to the whole."

Rixa Freeze PhD

Food for Thought

"Why I appreciate being a certified nurse-midwife, as opposed to choosing another route for midwifery: I feel learning the science is vital so the art of midwifery is safe and effective."

Dr. Penny Lane, nurse-midwife

Food for Thought

"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."


Food for Thought

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Anatole France

Food for Thought

"Science and uncertainty are inseparable companions. Beware of those who are very certain about things. There are no absolute truths in biological sciences - only hypotheses... 'We need to train medical students and residents more in the art of uncertainty and less in the spirit that everything can be known or that it even needs to be known.'"

Grimes (1986)

Food for Thought

"American physicians are rewarded for doing things to patients, not for keeping them well."

Grimes, 1986

Food for Thought

"The false idol of technology. 'Having a widget screwed into one's scalp has become an American birthright.'"

Grimes, 1986

Food for Thought

"Between 1985 and 1987, a hospital instituted a successful program to reduce its cesarean rate. The rate fell from 18% to 12%, losing the hospital $1 million in revenues - no small sum in those days."

Goer & Romano, 2012, p 37

Food for Thought

"Obstetricians are much more likely to perform a cesarean when they wrongly believe the baby weighs 4000 g or more based on sonographic estimates than when the baby actually weighs this much but the obstetrician did not suspect it."

Goer & Romaro, 2012, p 35

Food for Thought

"If you play God, you will be blamed for natural disasters."

Marsden Wagner (2006)

Food for Thought

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."

Anatole France

Food for Thought #3

"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth also is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers, who trust themselves and know their inner strength."

Barbara Katz Rothman PhD (1996)

Food for Thought #4

"Believe there is always, always, always a way. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't."

Thomas Edison

Food for Thought #5

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

Food for Thought #2

"Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast."

Psalm 22:9