Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Cloth Diaper in 3 Easy Steps

Let's get real for a minute, cloth diapers are just extremely dirty laundry. Pee and poop on cotton. Would you use a tablespoon of detergent on your clothes or dish soap? Nope. So why would you with your diapers?

If I had been that rational when I first started using cloth diapers, I would have saved myself a whole lotta heartache. But alas, I used the very very weak "cloth safe" detergent that only had me using a tablespoon of detergent to clean my very dirty laundry.

I think about it now and I'm embarrassed that I allowed myself to be brainwashed into thinking that would clean it.

Are you in the throes of the diaper deception? I was there, too. And I hope this helps you out! Are you thinking about cloth diapering or maybe always thought it would be too much work? It's really not hard at all!

How to Cloth Diaper in 3 Easy Steps

1. Find a good detergent that works well for your regular clothes and use that for your cloth.
Contrary to popular belief, if you can use the detergent without it affecting your child's skin on their clothes, then it will be fine on their diapers. No, you don't want fabric softener, but you do want a really good detergent that will get things cleaned well.

2. Invest in a diaper sprayer.
Ok, so you can dunk and swish and all that jazz, but seriously, yuck! I did it for a little while and it was no fun at all. You can get one for as cheap as $15 at Home Depot, and it's a game changer. No poop or pee ever really needs to be touched with this baby.

3. Check out Fluff Love University.
This website was my saving grace. After just a few months of cloth, I was ready to throw in the towel because I had stink, and I mean bad. As soon as I changed over to a main stream detergent, that all went away, as did any rashes or issues we had ever had and I cut my wash time in half. They will help you troubleshoot and it teaches you just exactly how to wash based on your type of washing machine. Plus, if you're totally new, they explain all the basics.

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