Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Between Babes?

Did you cloth diaper your first child and are using them again for your second? Are you cloth diapering your third, fourth, fifth, SIXTH child and storing between? Did you buy a bunch of cloth diapers and still have 8 months to store them (we won't tell)?

It doesn't matter which stage you are at, if you are wanting to store them, or are just thinking about it, read on to see our suggestions! 


If the Diapers are Brand New:

Well, I wish they could all be this easy....you just toss them in a tote and store away!  If you want to give yourself an edge before baby comes, you can prep them all ahead of time: For Rock-a-Bums you wash the cover and dry it on hot for 20 minutes and wash the inserts 5-10 times to reach full absorbency.  Piece o' Cake, Piece o' Pie.

If the Diapers are Used:

If the diapers were purchased used OR used by one of your other babes,  you will want to strip the diapers before storing them.  Please use the following stripping guidelines for your style of washing machine:

How to Strip Using a Front Loading Washer:

1. Load washer with dirty diapers, shells, pods, wipes and wet bag.
2. Do a quick , cold rinse with low spin (this will make your diapers
    heavier, and will trick your machine into adding more water for
    the wash).
3. Wash on Hot and Water Level HIGH  (Usually 
    a "Heavy Duty" cycle, do NOT use the sanitize
    cycle) with 1/2 of the recommended amount
    of cloth safe detergent.  (Some Front loaders
    will have an extra button where you can add
    more water to your cycles.  Check out your
    manual to see if you can do that with your
    machine)
4. Wash on hot and water level HIGH with NO
    detergent
5. Wash on hot with water level HIGH with NO
    detergent
6. Pull wet diapers from washer, and sniff
    them.  They should smell fresh and clean.  If
    they still smell a bit fishy, repeat steps 1-3,
    but only use 1/4 of the recommended
    amount of detergent. 
7. Remove the covers and wet bag
8. Put washer on heavy duty wash cycle again and add 1/2 cup
    bleach (if you do not want to use bleach, use 1/2 to 1
    Tablespoon of baking soda).
9. Wash on hot and heavy duty 1-2 times.

The trick with front loading washing machines is to make sure you have enough water running through your diapers.



 

                                                                                     How to Strip Using a

                                                                                     Top Loading Washer:

                                                                                   1. Load washer with dirty diapers, shells, pods,
                                                                                                wipes, and wet bag.
                                                                                            2. Wash on hot and water level HIGH with 3/4
     the recommended amount of cloth safe 
     detergent
3. Wash on hot and water level HIGH with NO

     detergent
4. Wash on hot and water level HIGH with NO

     detergent
5. Pull wet diapers from washer, and sniff them. 

    They should smell fresh and clean.  If they still
    smell a bit fishy, repeat #1 - #3, but only use
    1/4 the recommended amount of Detergent.
6. Remove the covers and wet bag
7. Fill washer with Hot and 1 cup of bleach (if you

    do not want to use bleach, use 1-2
    Tablespoons of baking soda), let agitate to mix
    and then stop for 2-4 hours and let soak
8. Wash on Hot and Large 1-2 times



 

You need to make sure you completely dry the diapers prior to storing them.  If they are wet at all, they will come out of storage smelling and....growing....and nobody wants that!



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