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A mom asked:
What are some tips for washing cloth diapers in a laundromat/coin operated machines?
Nearly 3 years ago, Alyssa wrote a guest post on how she washed her cloth diapers without a washing machine. I think combining a lot of her tips with flats/handwashing challenge experience can reduce your expense in washing diapers in coin operated machines. Sarah has a great post on the best diapers for coin-operated machines.
A successful wash routine is typically a rinse/quick wash (warm if possible) with no detergent, a hot wash with detergent, and a double rinse. With coin operated machines, the cycles are typically not very customizable, and of course, each wash costs money.
I’d suggest rinsing cloth diapers at home first, perhaps even as you take them off, before you store them. Especially if they are going to sit for several days before you make it to the laundromat. Consider using a detergent that is easy to rinse out to avoid multiple rinses. If you’re not in a hurry to get the laundry done, wash a load of your clothing using your cloth diaper detergent first, then wash your diapers in the same machine. This way you don’t have to worry about other people’s detergent residue getting onto your diapers.
Finally, though it is extra work, you can do an additional rinse at home in the sink or tub rather than paying for an additional cycle to rinse (or skip the additional rinse if it works for you.)
Do you have tips?