More Tips for Cloth Diapers

This is my third blog on cloth diapers. To check out reasons why to use cloth click here, and for a suggested starter list and basic laundering click here. Today’s post is more tips for the current user. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me!

Diaper Rash Creams

Please be careful about what types of diaper rash cream you use with your cloth diapers! Many of the most common brands like A&D and Desitin will react very poorly with cloth.

I just heard wonderful things about coconut oil as a diaper rash cream, and am so excited to give it a try. Our girls little butts are very sensitive to certain foods (tomato and citrus especially) and are prone to irritation. Coconut oil is supposed to work wonders and wash completely out with no changes to your laundry routine. I will be picking some up this weekend and will let you know how it goes.

Stains

If you are getting stains on your diapers try laying them flat to dry in the sun. The sun naturally bleaches and sanitizes! If you have set in stains, try sprinkling a little lemon juice on the diapers and then lay them in the sun.

Stripping cloth diapers

If you use cloth diapers for any real length of time, chances are they are going to need to be stripped every now and then. You’ll be able to tell if your diapers need to be stripped if they are still stinky after washing. The most common reason for stinky diapers is detergent buildup. Cloth diapers only need about 1/4 the amount of soap recommended for regular use. Buildup of detergent is easy to check for. Simply run the diapers through the wash with NO detergent and open the lid part way through the cycle. If you’ve got suds you have been using too much detergent.

It could be possible you aren’t using enough detergent also, but I would recommend washing with no soap and checking for suds before jumping to adding more detergent. If you have been using too little though, that is an easy fix. Simply start adding more (in small increments!)

Now, down to actually stripping. I use the baking soda method and have been very happy with. I add 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda to clean diapers and wash on hottest setting until there are no more suds. (I turn up our water heater when stripping to get the hottest possible water – but make sure to turn it back down when you’re done!) Simple as that! It leaves my diapers smelling brand new.

If you are curious about any other part of cloth diapering please let me know! I am always happy to answer questions.

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Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. I don’t know if you are familiar with California Baby Products (their products are the only thing we use on Rylee) but they have a diaper rash cream that I just learned is safe for cloth diapers!


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