Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Virtual Cloth 101 Class: How To Strip Your Cloth Diapers-Easily!

Buildup.  It's an ugly word in the cloth diapering community.  And if you have any experience with cloth diapers you know why.  Leakage, stink, stains, are all par for the course when you have detergent build-up on your diapers.  Now here is the million dollar question; how do I keep my diapers clean and build-up free?  Well first off, always make sure that your washing routine is a good one!  A typical washing routine is as follows: A cold pre-rinse to get rid of all of the yuck.  A hot wash with cloth diaper recommended detergent.  An additional cold rinse. (a total of two final rinses).  The type of cloth diapers you own will determine the kind of detergent you use.  It is always important to use  the recommended detergent for your diapers.  Not only because it will help them last longer, but it will also allow you to send the diaper back to the manufacturer in case of a faulty elastic, bad snap, or any other manufacturer defect due to normal wear.  When you purchase new diapers from an authorized retailer, most cloth diaper companies will repair your diapers for free with proof of purchase.  If you find that after establishing a good washing routine, you are experiencing problems with build-up, the simplest and most benign method for stripping your pocket diapers, your all-in-ones, fitteds, hybrids, and inserts is using blue Dawn.

Yes, good ol' blue Dawn...the stuff that cleans penguins caught in oil spills also helps cloth diapers!  Yay Dawn!  Pretty much all types of modern cloth diapers can be stripped this way: Follow the washing routine described above.  In the wash cycle, in addition to detergent, add a squirt of blue Dawn.  If you open your washing machine during the rinse cycle you will see bubbles galore.  That is totally normal.  Basically what the blue Dawn does is it binds to the build-up and oils trapped in the pores of the cloth and helps wash them away (same as the penguins).  Once you are done with your two rinses, you will have to keep rinsing until you see no more bubbles in the wash.  For my washing machine, it is about 2 more rinses (in addition to the 2 after the wash, a total of 4 rinses).  For super tough build-up you can literally add a tiny drop of blue Dawn to the spot in your diaper where you are having trouble (perhaps a side that always leaks?) and scrub it with a little brush before putting it in the wash.  Check out this video by smartipants where this technique is demonstrated.

Follow this routine to kick the build-up in your cloth diapers to the curb!  Have you ever stripped your cloth diapers using the blue Dawn method?

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  1. I really need this fact because I face lots of problem in this and really appreciate your help.

  2. No problem Sophie! Let me know if it works for you or if you need any more info!

  3. Yes this was really helpful dear thanks a lot.

  4. Useful advice for all mothers living with the reality of cloth diapering- the best way to go in my opinion! Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us and I hope to welcome you over at Seasonal Celebration again today! Rebecca @Natural Mothers Network x

  5. @Bespoke Suite-Thanks so much for stopping by!
    @Natural Mother's Network-I agree cloth is best! Will check out the Seasonal Celebration! Love your blog!

  6. Great idea! I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today :)