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How to Easily Clean Out Your Velcro – Hook & Loop or Aplix Cloth Diapers

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I purchased this item myself. Post contains affiliate links. Hook & loop closure diapers need occasional “cleaning out” to keep them in tip top shape. Whether you just want to help them stick better, avoid diaper chains in the wash, or if you’re getting ready to sell your used cloth diapers, you probably do this (or need to.) You can sit picking fuzz out with your fingers, use a Snappi (which I’ve done) or get it done quickly with this handy tool.

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The MSRP of the Grip Clean is $6.99. Since I’m dumb, I didn’t realize this when I ordered it, and paid more for it (but I got “free” shipping. *facepalm*) Anyhoo, even though I paid more, I am in love with this little doohickey!

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It’s super compact (I keep it in my laundry room), is easy to grip, and slides closed to cover the bristles.

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The wiry bristles remind me of a pet brush, but the length and size are perfect for cleaning out hook & loop.

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A couple swipes…

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and whoa.

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Even my most neglected diapers look brand new! I’ve been keeping my Grip Clean in the laundry room where I stuff and stack diapers, so I can easily give a diaper some attention as needed. It’s addictively satisfying; I want to search the house for other Velcro to clean. 😉

Do you clean out your hook & loop? How do you do 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.
  • Kim Carreau
    October 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Where can I purchase a “Grip Clean” it looks fantastic???
    Please advise as soon as possible.
    Thank you.

  • March 30, 2015 at 9:30 am

    […] careful to maintain them and I do not put my hook & loop diapers in the dryer. Here’s a helpful post on cleaning up your hook & loop. Most companies that sell hook & loop diapers also sell hook […]

  • September 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Sweet, I so need one of these, I buy a lot of used diapers that always need Velcro clean!

  • Sarah
    August 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Ok, I NEEDED it;-) I was just struggling to pick the lint out of my H&L’s yesterday.

  • Katie Fender
    August 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    This thing is so awesome! I may need to get one.

  • August 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Is it easy to clean the stuff out of the device, then?

    • August 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      A tiny bit of stuff sticks at the very base of the bristles (you can see that in my photos) but it doesn’t affect the use. It is super easy to just grab the clump of stuff out!

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