Cloth Diaper Wash Routine
Learn the basics of cloth diapering like what to do with the poop, how to wash, and put on cloth diapers!
How To Wash All-In-One Cloth Diapers
Washing All-In-One cloth diapers is a really easy to do! Here's a simple diaper wash routine:
Prepping Your All-In-One Cloth Diaper - Washing it for the first time
Preparing your cloth diapers before first use, also known as "prepping," is essential to ensure optimal absorbency and longevity. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to prep your cloth diapers:
Natural fibers like the bamboo in LKC diapers require more prepping cycles to reach maximum absorbency, though you can use after just one wash, we suggest 5 washes until it reaches full absorbency.
If you'd like to prep your cloth diapers, here is a simple routine:
- Wash your brand new diapers with your regular diaper laundry or regular clothing laundry with detergent. (This only works with new diapers, do not wash soiled diapers with your regular laundry).
- Dry on low or hang to dry. The LKC AIO dries 5x faster than regular All-In-Ones.
- Repeat 5 times.
We suggest not using un-prepped diapers for night-time or you may experience leaks.
How to wash AIO cloth diapers once they are prepped
Get rid of the poop: Before washing, remove any solid waste from the diaper. You can shake or rinsing it off into the toilet. You can also use cloth diaper liners to make cleanup easier. If you need more info on poop and cloth diapers watch the video below.
Pre-wash - No detergent: Removes any excess urine or poop residue from your cloth diapers. By pre-washing, you can help prevent staining. Simply run a short rinse cycle with cold water.
Main wash with detergent: Use hot water with a temperature of 140F/60c. Add the recommended amount of cloth diaper-friendly detergent, you may find this in the back of the detergent box. Avoid using fabric softeners, bleach, or detergent with additives, as they can affect the absorbency of the diapers.
Load size: Make sure not to overload your washing machine. The diapers need enough space to agitate and get thoroughly cleaned. If necessary, split the load into two smaller loads.
Rinse cycle: After the main wash, run an additional rinse cycle to ensure all detergent residue is removed. This step helps remove any detergent residue.
Drying: Most all-in-one cloth diapers can be air-dried or tumble-dried on a low setting. Keep in mind that excessive heat can degrade the elastics of the diapers, so it's best to avoid high heat.
Stain removal (if necessary): If you notice any stains on your AIO cloth diapers after washing, you can try sunning them. Place the diapers outside in direct sunlight, as the sun's natural bleaching properties can help remove stains. You can use a stain remover that is safe for reusable diapers.
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