Cloth Diapers Care Instructions
Before using our Diapers
All diapering products should be pre-washed at least once prior to use. Bamboo inserts should be washed a few times on hot and dried once on hot to ensure optimal absorbency.
How to Use Cloth Diapers
• Place a diaper insert either in the pocket in the lining of the diaper or on top of the lining
• Put the diaper on the baby using the snaps to create a snug fit. There are multiple sizing options in terms of rise and width to ensure that the diaper will fit your baby no matter what size.
How to Change Cloth Diapers
- Empty all solids into the toilet.
- If the cover is still clean, add another Bamboo Insert and replace the diaper onto your baby.
- If the diaper is wet, then pick out a new diaper and insert.
- After changing your baby, store soiled diapers in our waterproof, reusable Planet Baby Cloth Diaper Wet Dry Bag or diaper pail bag until time to wash.
Washing Cloth Diapers
A good rule of thumb is every 2-3 days. Many factors can change this, but an average of 2 days between washes is optimal. It is much easier to manage and clean the diapers if you don’t leave them sitting for too long. After changing your baby, and in between washes place the wet diapers in a diaper bag or diaper pail bag. Inserts should be removed before putting them in the bag to make sure they clean effectively.
- Empty solids into the toilet. Breast milk only feces do not need to be removed from the diapers prior to washing as they are water soluble. To facilitate the removal of any solids, we suggest Planet Baby Disposable Diaper Liners.
- Run a small warm wash cycle.
- Run the heavy-duty/full wash cycle with hot water (60°C) and the manufacturer’s recommended amount of a residue-free, scent-free, softener-free, glycerin-free detergent on the heavy soil option.
It is best to use two separate wash cycles. The first cycle is to wash away a good amount of the liquid and solids from the diapers. The second hot long cycle will be washing in a much cleaner water, and that will make it easier for the detergent to clean the diapers properly.
Drying Cloth Diapers
We recommend hanging your Planet Baby covers, diaper bag and pail whenever possible as this will extend the life of your covers. Covers and diaper bags can be machine dried as well. The maximum suggested temperature is 50 degree C / 130 degree (low). Turn the diapers inside out before drying to speed up the drying time. Inserts can be machine-dried on medium or hung to dry. Note that if you choose to hang your inserts to dry, a quick spin in the dryer while they are just a little bit damp will lead to softer, fluffier inserts.
Using Detergents with Cloth Diapers
Our laundry detergent recommended choice is Nellie's Laundry Soda. It’s super-duper concentrated, so only one tablespoon per wash is needed, even in large loads. One small tins offers 100 loads. The scent of clean laundry you're used to may be caused by nasty chemicals. Discover the true smell of naturally clean clothes with Nellie's Laundry Soda. It's hypoallergenic, and leaves your clothes soft, fresh, and residue free. Ingredients: Sodium Silicate, Coconut oil based surfactants.
Avoid the following in your wash cycle, as they can lead to damage the diaper outer shell PUL:
- Fabric softeners
- Natural oils
- UV brighteners
- Stain guard ingredients
- Enzyme cleaners (can cause rashes on some babies’ skin)
- Detergents that contain sodium percarbonate (the active ingredient in many oxygenated bleaches)
Be cautious about using vinegar and/or baking soda, as they can together or individually cause damage to the diaper fabric.
We understand that one set of washing routine instructions will not be a perfect fit for everyone. And also no one perfect brand will work for everyone.
What it comes down to is what works best for you and what you feel comfortable with. If you start off with "residue-free" detergent and you find that you cannot get it to work for you, try switching to a different brand with different ingredients. It may be the case that you need the enzymes in a conventional brand to get your diapers clean. (To breakdown organic matter). Other brands that we would recommend are Tide Free (or Free and Clear), Nature Clean Powder, Claudia’s Choices, and Lulu’s in the Fluff.
At Planet Baby, we support what works and keeps your diapers leak and stink free without causing irritation to your baby's skin or damaging your diapers.
Diaper Rash Creams and Zinc Ointments
We recommend using our flushable diaper liners as to be used between the baby treated with a rash cream and the diaper in an effort to protect the diaper from the negative water repelling properties of the diaper rash ointment or cream.
If you are using our bamboo diaper inserts, you will also want to wash the inserts and the wipes used to clean off the ointment or cream with your liners: separate from your diapers. Please note that some flushable liners may not protect a diaper well enough from certain creams.
If you would rather not use diaper liners, we would recommend using a non-staining diaper rash cream or zinc ointment and plan to strip your diapers after the diaper rash is done to ensure all residue from the cream is removed. Make sure the diapers are washed clean and rinsed thoroughly.
How to Strip your Cloth Diapers
At some point you may need to strip your diapers due to detergent build up or if you have used any diaper rash creams or ointments which may have led to reduced absorbency or stinky diapers. If this is the case simply follows these directions:
- Follow our recommended detergent instructions to help prevent this from happening
- Put all of your diapers through a hot wash with our recommended amount and type of detergent.
- Put all of your diapers through several more hot washes with no detergent
- Dry your diapers as per our Diaper Care instructions and hopefully your problem will be solved.
Cloth Diaper Stains
Stains are unavoidable with cloth diapering. Regardless of how well, often or with what type of detergent you wash them, they may get stained. This does not mean that you can no longer use the diapers or that they are not clean, although you will probably want to remove the stains even though they aren’t causing any harm.
We would not recommend using bleach or other chemicals to rid your diapers of their stains because they could harm your baby or the diaper. The best remedy for stained diapers is actually sunlight. It is free, easy and chemical-free. All you have to do is hang your diapers in the sun after washing them. This can also work on an overcast day (direct sunlight is not necessary, UV rays are present even when it’s cloudy) and even in the winter (just hang them in front of a window). A few hours in the sun’s UV rays can drastically improve the stains in your diapers, as well as acting as a natural sensitization process.
If the sun doesn’t seem to be doing the trick or you want to take precautionary measures, using a small amount of oxygen bleach or brightener without additives in your wash occasionally is an option, but make sure to give the diapers an extra rinse afterwards.