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Hello! Today, I had to leave my house at 5:30am, pack up the dogs and baby, then head into town to go to my mother’s house and meet her air conditioning maintence guy at 7:30am. Thankfully, hubs woke up with me and made me coffee to drink on my way in. He is just so wonderful to me!
I will be doing another post later on my cloth diaper inventory and overall storage. It works really well for me, and I would love to share it with you to help you if you are thinking about cloth diapering as well as for feedback to see how I can improve!
First thing is first…
Just look at that fluffy bum! I can’t handle the cuteness!! I also can’t handle the fact that Baby J is already 8 months old and getting ready to walk! It’s craziness, I tell you!!
Alright, so back on track with my washing routine. Since we have had extremely hard water for the past two years, I wanted to make sure my diapers were getting extra clean. Many people I have talked with simply do one wash cycle; they have a cold rinse to help remove stains, hot wash for sanitizing, followed by a cold rinse, finishing up with an extra cold rinse.
When I wash my diapers, I empty the wet bag with the diaper covers, diapers, and cloth wipes into the washing machine along with the wet bag. I use this Baby Ecos Laundry Detergent. This detergent from Amazon comes in two 100oz containers. I have mine on a Subscribe & Save subscription. They last me for about five months. I use them on diapers and all baby items (toys, clothes, blankets, sheets, etc.). I have heard mixed reviews on using homemade detergent on cloth diapers, so I have been avoiding it. (See my other blog post about making your own powder detergent HERE.)
I do one full cycle on cold, then a second cycle on hot. Sometimes I follow the last cycle with an extra rinse. If I noticed I may have used too much soap I do this to ensure it is all out.
Once the washing is done, I take the diapers and throw them in the dryer with THESE dryer balls. They normally need two drying cycles to be completely dry, so I throw the clothes that are finished in the washer in for the second dry. They are normally good to go after that!
For the covers and wet bag, I clip and hang them on THIS hanger. It is absolutely wonderful! I had it on my baby registry, but bought it myself after baby was born. I don’t know how people without one stay sane on laundry day!! It is absolutely fantastic. If I was the diapers in the morning, the covers are usually dry by the late afternoon/early evening.
I normally wash diapers every other day. This prevents them from stinking up the wet bag and prohibits bad staining. Granted, breastmilk poo always stains, so that’s something to look forward to! (Oh, to get those stains out, lay the diapers in the sun for a few hours. Lightens them right up!)
What is YOUR cloth diaper washing routine? What is your favorite detergent to use for baby? How about sharing some fluffy pictures??