Diaper Care and Handling

Dump solids: As a general rule exclusively breast fed poop does not need to be rinsed or dumped. It’s water soluble and will come out in the wash. Once baby starts solid foods the stool will either need to be dumped or rinsed out of the diaper.

Initial rinse: This can serve several purposes. The main purpose is to rehydrate and rinse the diapers so there is less for the detergent to have to clean. The other purpose is to facilitate high efficiency machines that use weight to gauge water level to use an appropriate amount of water for diapers. By doing a rinse with no spin the load will weigh more and therefore use the additional water that is needed to get the diaper clean. This is typically done on warm and with no detergent.

Wash: This is the cycle that does all of the work. Be sure to use enough detergent (After all these are dirty diapers!) It’s is also important that there’s enough agitation to enable the machine to scrub the detergent into the fibers of the diaper. We recommend that this cycle be done on hot (not to exceed 120*) on the highest soil level.

Extra Rinse: This is to make absolutely sure that all of the detergent is rinsed out of the diapers. If after the rinse cycle on the main wash there are no bubbles in the drum then this step can be skipped.

Dry: There’s 2 methods of drying: 1.) Drying with a dryer. For this method it is important that the dryer isn't too hot. This can cause the waterproof layer to detach from the fabric and cause the diapers to leak. 2.) Line dry the diapers. If they will be hung on a line it is important to make sure there is as little stress on the elastic as possible. The best way to do this is to hang the diaper over the line so the leg elastic is parallel to the line. An even better way to dry them would be on a rack lying down.

Stuff: Our elastic is made to last for years; however, stuffing hot diapers causes the elastic to cool stretched, and can lead to elastic failure. In order to maintain the longevity of the elastic don’t stuff pocket diapers until they have completely cooled.

Some Specifics:
No Bleach, Baking Soda or Washing Soda. These chemicals have been found to be harsh on bamboo fibers so don’t recommend them be used on our diapers with performance bamboo inserts. Oxygen bleach is an acceptable alternative to chlorine bleach.

We don’t recommend using alternative methods for cleaning diapers. This includes things such as:

  • Using the dishwasher (gross!)  
  • Boiling (yikes!)
  • Using additives not meant for laundry