How to Cloth Diaper

How to Cloth Diaper

Everyone does it differently, but there are so many bad stigmas that deal with cloth diapering that I thought I would address them, and show you what my day consists of.

First of all, lets address the following issues:

Pins? No! Bleach buckets? Absolutely not.

Cloth diapers now have snaps or Velcro. If you wanted to buy the type that don’t have these options then you could buy what’s called a Snappi.

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Bleach is bad for the fabrics and can break them down quickly. It’s also not good for your baby’s skin.

When it’s time to change my daughter’s diapers, it’s basically like every disposable diaper that I’ve changed. Except that it’s snaps instead of tabs. Instead of commercial wipes, I use cloth wipes. My wipes are just cut up fleece. I use fleece instead of flannel, because I feel like they keep their softness, which is important to me.

Anyway, spray the wipe with wipe solution, Zany Zebra has some great recipes for making your own from home! I find that it’s helpful to spray the bum and the wipe, so that both are wet. :)

After you put your baby in a new diaper, what do you do with the old one??

You buy or make what is called a Wet Bag. It’s a bag with a layer of PUL in it (waterproof material.) I add a few Arm & Hammer Deodorant Disks to the bottom to keep it from stinking. Most people also have a travel wet bag, so that when they are out and about they have somewhere to put the dirty diapers. I have personally made a travel wet bag, it was pretty easy as well.

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Laundry day! What do you do?

Alright, I’ll be honest with you all. I don’t like cleaning up poop. Shocking, right? Isn’t that why people cloth diaper, the love of poop? I have a whole station for my cloth diapering washing.

It includes:
A pair of rubber gloves.
An empty gallon ice cream bucket
A stool
A diaper sprayer.

A diaper sprayer?

My husband took a kitchen sink sprayer and hooked it up to our toilet so that I don’t have to scrub out the yucky diapers. The total was about $15. You can buy one as well, but they are much more expensive.

Want to learn how to make your own? Here’s a tutorial!

Once all the poopy diapers are clean I just throw them in the washing machine, and I wash them in the following way:

  1. Cold Prewash with Borax (helps with smells and stains) and with 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar (helps keep diapers soft.)
  2. Hot Wash cycle with Charlie’s Soap and BioKleen
  3. Cold Rinse cycle

No fabric softener. Sounds like a lot of detergent, right? Nope! Charlie’s Soap and BioKleen only require you to put in 1 tablespoon of detergent! And yes, it gets them clean! Most cloth diaper companies tell you to only use 1/4 of amount of soap that most detergents tell you to use!

I then hang the diapers up to dry and dry all the inserts in the dryer. I had a large enough stash to only have to do laundry every 3 days.

What about the cost? Find out next time! :)

Samantha is lucky enough to be a stay-at-home-mom to two little girls. Her youngest daughter suffers from chronic yeast infections and severe eczema in the diaper area, because of this she started a blog devoted to cloth diapering, hoping to educate others on cloth diapers, remedies for eczema and yeast infections. For more information visit her blog or find her on facebook.


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    Great post. I love the idea of using a sink sprayer on the toilet for dipes (they’re pretty much the same a a diaper sprayer aren’t they). I’ll have to check out your tutorial. I’ve never bought a diaper sprayer because they are so expensive.
    BTW-my son also had/has a problem with yeast and eczema in his diaper area. For wipe solution we use plain ol water in a 4 oz spray bottle with 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract. It cleared up his yeast, and the yeast has never returned (the ped said he’d probably have problems with it until he potty trained). The yeast was also an unusual strain and was fairly resistant to the various prescription creams we tried. The eczema however is something that we still deal with. Makes diaper changes a sad time. :(

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    Carrie Martinet says:

    I thought I’d add a comment about my own diaper washing routine. I have an open rubbermaid clothes hamper to keep my dirty diapers in until laundry day. It is lined with a wetbag with an elastic opening that gets tossed into the wash with the diapers. It amazes me how I have zero odors in her nursery, even though the diapers sit there up to 3 days without a lid to cover them. Yet on the odd occasion that we use disposable diapers, they stink to high heaven!

    We may be at a different stage of infancy than your little pooper, but I’ve never needed to set up a poop station like yours. We do have a diaper sprayer attached to the back of the toilet, but use it rarely; most of my 11 month old’s poop just rolls off the microsuede liner of the bumGenius diaper and plops into the toilet. No spraying needed. Before she started solids we tossed complete poopy diapers into the washing machine as breastfed poop is completely water soluble.

    Thanks for this post! I have a few pregnant friends that I’ll send to read this.

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    great info for a new mom!


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