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How to Clean Cloth Diapers

Cleaning your cloth diapers is a lot easier than you think. Cloth diapers have come a long way and that includes cleaning them!

  • Step 1: Start with a cold water rinse/wash with no detergent. This will rinse out any urine and solid residue.
  • Step 2:Next, perform a hot water wash cycle with detergent. Do NOT use the sanitary process, and be sure your water heater is not set above 120 degrees as temperatures warmer than that can damage your cloth diapers.
  • Step 3: Now, do a second cold or warm rinse. Optionally you can add 3-4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, a natural antiseptic.
  • Step 4: Toss in the dryer on tumble/low 

Pro Cloth Diaper Cleaning Tip: Adding a dry towel or wool dryer balls will lessen the dry time. Cover and pocket diapers outers should be hung dry. 

Before Washing Your Cloth Diapers

Each diaper manufacturer has its own guidelines for care and use, including detergent recommendations. Please check with your manufacturer to avoid problems with warranties! Generally speaking, we DO NOT recommend using bleach, stain removers, borax, Biz, Bac-Out, Biokleen, or Oxy-Clean as they may damage your diapers.

Cloth Diaper Washing Tips: 

  • Dump any solids (use flushable liners to make it even easier!) or spray wsith a diaper sprayer before putting in a dry pail, wet bag, or wet hanging bag. 
  • Breastfed newborn poop is water-soluble and can be put directly into the washer.
  • Attach hook & loop closures to laundry tabs before washing to prevent snagging.
  • Line/air drying diaper covers and pocket shells can help extend the life of the hook & loop closures as well as the elastic (bonus- saves energy!).

Start Your Cloth Diapering Journey With These Favorite Styles:

All in One Cloth Diapers

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All in Two Cloth Diapers

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Cloth Diaper Covers

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Frequently Asked Questions on How to Clean Cloth Diapers:

Pro Tips:

  • Ammonia smellis usually linked to not enough detergent being used, and sanitizing them is almost always required to kill any ammonia-causing bacteria. Sometimes sanitizing needs to follow a strip.  
  • Barnyard smell is linked to detergent build-up.
  • Borax is never recommended and can cause extreme damage to the cloth. It voids most, if not all, warranties.
  • Rockin Green is not recommended-EVER
  • Covers/Shells need not ever be treated-only absorbent materials
  • Tummy Bugs: Diapers do not need to be treated for basic tummy bugs.  
  • When in doubt, email