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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Sanitize Cycle?

Washing cloth diapers should be easy, right? I mean, we all know how to wash our clothes. Around here, we stuff as much as will fit in the front loader and add a scoop of Tide to the drawer. Then we say a prayer that it will all come out clean and smelling fresh. :)

The diapers are a different story though. For starters, I'm the only one that does the diaper laundry. Maybe that's because no one else WILL wash it. Maybe it's because I don't trust anyone else to do it right.

One thing I do know, though, is that there IS a right way and wrong way to wash your diapers.




First, be sure to use the right amount of detergent. Too much or too little is a problem. It can lead to diapers that aren't really clean or, on the other side of things, cause build-up from all the detergent.

Second, it's very important that you run your diapers through the proper cycle. Getting them clean does require hot water, but many companies don't recommend making it TOO hot. Check out Cottonbabies' post on this in reference to bumGenius, Flip, and Econobums:

http://clothdiapers.blogspot.com/2011/11/cloth-101-do-not-use-sanitize-cycle-on.html

I've read many posts about people who've made the water too hot and their diapers got ruined. Ruined diapers from hot water voids the warranty if the temperature exceeds 100* F in your machine. You can see the FAQ, including use and care of the bumGenius brand here:

http://www.bumgenius.com/help.php




My last tip on washing your diapers is rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. You want the bubbles to be gone to ensure the detergent is thoroughly washed out. Part of this is not using too detergent as previously mentioned, but much of it depends on lots of rinses.


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