Thursday, March 17, 2011

How I wash Adalyn's diapers

Washing my cloth diapers is oh-so easy. I have so many friends who are seriously considering CDing but still have some questions. So, I thought I would open up my laundry room to you and show you how it's done! I have about 20 cloth diapers, or so. 15 FuzziBunz, 3 Blueberry, and 2 Thirsties. So on with the show! (How many times did I say "so"?! Hehe!)

Here is a pile of her dirty diapers. It's amazing how much urine can be soaked up by cloth.

First, I take out the inserts in the cloth diapers. There's a little pocket in the diaper where these inserts slide in -- they soak up all the urine and poop. You can add extra inserts for extra absorption. I add hemp inserts at night which soaks up urine for 12 hours.

Here's a "pee pee" diaper. I pull out the insert and throw them both in the washing machine together. I then run a COLD RINSE with NO detergent. This just takes a few minutes.

Once that's done, I whip out my detergent. I use Rockin Green, which is bought online. You have to use scent-free detergent, but some people use All Free & Clear! Rockin Green always leaves my diapers spotless. I've never had a stain!

The bag on the right is the FuzziBunz edition of Rockin Green, but I prefer the regular version.

3 scoops get dumped in the washer! And yes, this handy scoop comes in the bag!

I then run a HOT wash with cold rinse. That's it!

Then I pull them out of the washer and hang them up to dry. You can throw them in the dryer if you're in a hurry.

And they're done! So easy; the washer does all the work. And this will save us thousands of dollars.

No blow-outs
Saves thousands of dollars
No rashes
And CUTE!!

The end :)

Edited to add: Breastfed poop is like non-smelly liquid, and her diapers absorb almost all of it. So there's nothing to shake off into the toilet! It just gets thrown right into the washer. When we're out, her diapers go into a wet bag in my diaper bag. There's zero smell because she's still breastfed! :) Once we start solids for real, I'll knock off poopies in the toilet and use rice paper. More on that later!

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  1. I was thinking about doing this one day, but what do you do with the diaper when you're in public and you can't just throw it away? Oh, and do you shake the poop out in a trash can? (Or is her poop still liquid?)

  2. I added more info to my post for you!

  3. I really want to cloth diaper, but I am so lost. I am not sure what to get, what I will need, how much to get, plus I can't do it full time because I am pretty positive the CDC won't allow it, but I still want to do it at home and during the weekends and time off.

  4. How often do you find yourself washing the diapers? Twenty diapers doesn't sound like a lot. How much do the brands that you have cost? Thanks for the info! :)

  5. You don't have to pull the inserts out beforehand, they'll come out in the wash! At least my BumGenius do. :)

  6. I wash every other day. My FBs cost $284 for 15. I got my Thirsties for super cheap on BabySteals, and my Blueberries were buy 2 get 1 free for a Christmas promo. Those were $50 I think. Blueberries are high!

  7. I am wanting to cloth diaper when our baby is born and I'm kind of excited about it. My husband isn't as excited but he'll get used to it. Thanks for the post about washing them!

  8. Ok, thanks for the info! I'm anxious to read about the rice paper and stuff! :)

  9. Just so your readers will know for comparison sake, it costs about $500 per year for pampers. If you can manage potty training by 2 1/2, you're looking at $1250 to diaper one child. I think it is awesome that some want to go the cloth route, but the few hundred bucks extra were/are worth it to me. None of my kids have ever had diaper rash.

  10. I'm just curious what do you do with the diapers until you have enough to wash? Do you just leave them in a hamper in the laundry room? Do they smell if you just leave them in there until you're ready to wash?