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I have another question for you! And guess what?! It’s about washing diapers of course! So I’ve been using cloth diapers on my daughter for about 4.5 months now and am always curious as to what other Mama’s routines are for after they change their baby’s diaper. Do you take your sons diapers and just dump them in the diaper pail after changing him or do you rinse them first? What is your routine? And do you ever feel the need to soak the dirty diapers after you get everything off of them to help get the stains out or do you just let them get some sun after washing them?
Oops! I guess it’s a couple questions! 🙂
Ash from The Adventures of Ash and Rowe
Hi Ash! I know everyone seems to do things differently, but here’s what I do: If the diaper is just wet, I pull the insert out with the wipe, fold the laundry tabs in (if it’s velcro) ball it up and toss it in my hanging wet bag/pail.
If it’s dirty, I flip the poop in the potty and follow the same routine. If it’s really messy (like we’ve been dealing with after too many blueberries!) I will flip off as much as I can first. Since I’m not washing every day anymore, I will then either spray the diaper off in my laundry room utility sink, or if I have several, I’ll do a rinse & spin in the washer. I don’t like to let diapers sit with poop on them. A diaper sprayer will take care of it too, but I never got around to getting one, and since I’m through the messy stuff for the most part, I haven’t bothered. When he was still mostly breasfed, I didn’t rinse at all!
I don’t soak them or add anything to them, aside from when I use RLR every few months. I don’t have any major issues with stains; I find that light stains fade with subsequent washes.
That said, the aftermath of blueberry-gate 2010 left me with some staining! My first try at sunning my diapers had me sold. They weren’t in direct sun very long, not long enough to completely dry them, yet the stains nearly disappeared!
How about you, readers? What do you do?
My very first cloth diaper purchase was a half dozen Bum Genius 3.0 OS diapers which are still my favorites and have fit my son through thick and thin (literally). But, 18 months later, the time has come to repair the laundry tabs and aplix closures. I bought the repair kits, and they have been sitting next to my sewing kit for almost a month – just daring me to give this a try. I’m terrified that I’m going to ruin one of my beloved BGs. Any experience and tips?
I haven’t repaired any of mine, though I have a few that need it! I think this tutorial on P.S. house is great! I’m going to have to replace some of them soon. I did get two replaced under warranty, but the others aren’t bad enough yet, and my warranty expires in about 5 or 6 weeks. I don’t have a sewing machine; my Mom has an old and no-so-great one, but I’m thinking it might actually be easier to do it by hand. Eek!
How about my readers, anyone replaced the velcro on their Bumgenius?
P.S. I’d love to have a guest post with a step by step tutorial for replacing velcro and/or doing a snap conversion. Shoot me an email if you’re interested. I’d like original material only, which wouldn’t be reposted elsewhere.