Cloth diapers have been around for generations, but many people are curious about how to make this traditional method work with their modern lifestyles. In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know, from how to use cloth diapers and how to wash them; the best detergent for washing; how to store dirty diapers before washing and even how many cloth diapers you’ll need.
- How to Use Cloth Diapers
- What Is the Best Detergent for Washing Cloth Diapers?
- Preparing Your Laundry: What to do with Cloth Diapers Before Washing
- How to Wash Cloth Diapers with Tide purclean™
- How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need
How to Use Cloth Diapers
Wondering how to use cloth diapers? There are plenty of types of cloth diapers suited to every need, budget, and preference, and it’s a good idea to check out your options in person at your local baby goods store before you decide what type might be best for you. Cloth diapers now come in all types of materials, from synthetic microfibers to natural fibers like cotton or wool. Before investing, you can also learn about different types of folds and closures, and even practice on a doll or small toy.
What is the best detergent for washing cloth diapers?
Tide purclean™ is the first and only plant-based detergent with the same cleaning power as the Tide products that you have come to trust and love. It’s the perfect choice for those who want to make smart decisions for their families without compromising on the cleaning power they expect from their laundry detergent, so you can feel good about the products your family is using. Certified bio-based by the USDA bio-preferred program, Tide purclean™ is also made at a zero manufacturing waste to landfill site and the formula is made with 100% renewable wind power electricity.
So, what does this mean for you and - more importantly - your baby? A common problem parents face is finding products that get the job done while not jeopardizing their family’s health and well-being. It’s not an easy task, and sometimes, deciding on the right product can feel like guesswork. Rest assured, plant-based detergents are free of dyes, chlorine, phosphates, and optical brighteners, and they're effective at cleaning even the toughest stains.
Preparing Your Laundry: What to do with Cloth Diapers Before Washing
Depending on your washing schedule, you may be doing laundry daily or every two to three days. In between washes, you can store soiled diapers in a plastic-lined bin with a lid. Make sure you’ve removed any solid waste, first, as this will help prevent stains. Some families use a moisture-proof wet bag for diaper storage, and these bags can be washed right along with the dirty diapers as needed. For sanitary reasons, try not to let dirty diapers sit for more than a few days before washing.
How to Wash Cloth Diapers with Tide purclean™
Rinse:Shake off excess waste, and rinse the garment with cold water.
Pre-treat:If the stain persists, pre-treat the cloth diaper for 5 minutes. To do this, simply soak the cloth diaper in a mix of water and Tide purclean™ detergent. Use a white washcloth to weigh down the cloth diaper, so it’s completely submerged.
Load:Place the pre-treated cloth diaper directly into the washing machine without rinsing. This will ensure a deeper clean.
Wash:For tough stains, use the warmest temperature permitted by the garment’s care label. For less soiled cloths, keep in mind that Tide purclean™ works well in cold water, too!
Unload:When the cycle is complete, unload the cloth diapers promptly.
Drying:Line drying outside is one option, weather permitting, and the sun can help naturally bleach stubborn stains. If you decide to tumble dry, use a medium heat setting to preserve the cloths’ softness.
Tip: Read our laundry symbol guide to understand the symbols on your fabric care labels, which tell you everything related to washing and drying, including what water temperature to use, whether you can tumble dry, and if so, on what temperature. .
How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need
How many cloth diapers you’ll need depends on your family’s washing schedule, budget, and other needs. Your little one is likely to go through about eight to ten diapers each day, so you may find about 20 to be a good number to start with. Or, you may feel more comfortable having around two to three dozen on hand, so you’ll only need to wash them every few days. Try not to let soiled diapers sit for too long before washing to avoid stains and help them last longer.