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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 8/27/12 – Washing 2 or 3 Diapers?

Washing 2 or 3 #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

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Julie says:

Hi Maria,

I don’t know if you have talked about this topic before or not, but I have a question. My son is currently potty training. We still use a diaper at night time only and when we are out in public I usually put training pants on him just in case. I used to wash my diapers every other day. Now I only have one maybe 2 dirty diapers/training pants a
day, if that (sometimes he wakes up dry from the night). I know I can wait 3 days to wash but am afraid to wait any longer than that. Whatdo I do when I only have 3 diapers to wash on wash day??? I worry they won’t come clean if I throw them in by themselves b/c they won’t have enough friction to properly clean. What do others do? How long would
you wait to wash in this situation?

Julie G 🙂

My older child was disposable diapered (shame) and by the time I was in that situation with my middle child, I had another baby’s diapers to wash!

I have a top load HE (no agitator) so if I just put a few items in, it uses very little water, and they get clean. In fact, when I first started cloth diapering and was building my stash, I washed 3 at a time twice per day! With a standard top load washer, the lowest load level, combined with the agitator, should get them clean as well. In a front loading HE, I would throw towels in with your diapers and wash them every 2-3 days or consider hand washing them.

I know by the time I got to that point with my son, the diapers were often not really even wet/dirty.

Have you had just a few diapers to wash? How did you handle it?

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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
  • Delora
    August 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    If the diaper only had urine, I sometimes throw one in with my regular clothes laundry, just rinse really well first. I use Charlie’s for all my laundry, so don’t need to worry about using some special detergent on only my diaper stash.

  • August 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I would put the diapers through a rinse cycle, and then a hot wash with towels and underwear, extra rinse sometimes. Washed every 3 days.

  • Karen
    August 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    My son is 3 and still wears diapers at night. We really only have 2-3 wet diapers in a week because he stays dry 1/2 the nights so the diaper laundry is a concern for me too. I have switched him to natural fibers (usually cotton flat/ receiving blanket) just so it is less picky for washing. I spray the wet bedtime diaper out really well to remove most of the icky pee. Then I wash with a load of only towels and treat the load of towels like a diaper load (detergent wise). This has worked for us for us. Good luck and just do what what works for you.

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