Cloth diaper laundry
It is EASY to wash cloth diapers! To keep it really simple, you almost wash them, as you would wash bath towels. This is an overview of our recommendations regarding washing routines.
1) When you change the diaper, put the dirty diaper in a diaper pail liner.
If there is only pee, or if your baby does not eat solid food yet, you do not have to rinse the diaper before putting it into the pail liner (big waterproof bag). Pee and pooh will be dissolved in the water. You can have the pail liner in a bucket.
If your baby eats solids, and there is poo in the diaper, simply wipe it (you can use toilet paper if needed) into the toilet to remove pooh from the diaper. If you want to make it easy to remove, simply place a fleece liner on top of the clean diaper, before you put it on your baby. The fleece liner will catch the poo, and it is easy to rinse off.
For practical tips of how to handle a diaper with poo in it click here.
2) Put the pail liner with the dirty diapers into the washing machine.
You simply take the whole pail liner with all the diapers and put it into the washing machine. You do not have to touch the dirty diapers, they will find out of the pail liner as the washing is going on.
3) Wash the diapers in the machine by 60°c including a prewash.
Use detergent with enzymes, and without perfume and bleach. It is important to use enough detergent – see instructions on the detergent packing. Use calcium remover if you are living in an area with hard water (also see instructions on the packing).
4) Hang diapers and inserts to dry.
5) That’s it!
You have spent about one hour a week washing diapers. The machine does most of the job, you actually only need to push the button and to hang the diapers to dry when the machine have finished washing.
On the other hand, you do not have to carry disposable diapers home from the supermarket just to carry them out of the house again once they are used. And then you save huge amounts of waste!
Depending on how hard the water is in your area, what kind of detergent you are using, how old your washing machine is etc. you might need to adjust some things. So how do you know if you need to change your washing routine?
1) If the diapers smell bad after washing, you might need to correct the amount of detergent or calcium remover you are using. Before changing anything, make sure that you have used the correct amount of detergent and calcium remover in your previous washes. See the detergent package instructions.
You can check the water hardness in different areas in Denmark here.
2) If the water is making a lot of bubbles during washing, you have most likely used too much detergent and / or calcium remover. Try with less detergent and / or calcium remover.
If your diapers smell clean directly after washing when they are still wet, and there haven’t been too many bubbles during washing, it looks like your washing routine is just perfect!
It is also possible that it in your case would be enough to use a little less detergent, even though there are no bubbles to see in the washing machine during washing. In this case you would need to try your way through it. Start out with the normal amount that works for you, and then try to use a little less detergent next time you wash. Smell the clean diapers as soon as they have finished being washed in the machine, and judge the smell. This way you can find the exact amount of detergent to use in your case.
Once you have found the perfect washing routine for you, you don’t have to think about it anymore!