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Storing and Washing Cloth Diapers

I think that when people decide not to cloth diaper, a lot of it has to do with the "ick" factor.  I can understand that....but really, it's not as bad as you think.

We store our dirty diapers in plastic tubs with lids.  (i.e., medium-size Rubbermaid tubs)  You can also sprinkle some baking soda in there to help control any stink issues, but we find that just securing the lids on the tubs is effective enough.  

Some people store their dirty diapers in "wet pails."  This just multiplies the ick factor to me.  Wet pails are pails filled with water and usually baking soda, and you let the diapers soak.   I kind of think this method is disgusting (stagnant water with poop and pee in it?  No thanks!) and a little unsafe to have a pail filled with water when you have little kids around.  So I advise storing them dry.

When your baby is mostly just taking breastmilk or formula, you can just throw the entire diaper into the washer, poop and all.  Once they get a little older, you can just shake any solid poop into the toilet.  Some dunk the entire diaper into the toilet and swish it around, or some people buy a diaper sprayer.  

And now...here comes the washing part:

Wash them on a cold cycle, wash them on a hot cycle, and then dry.  Yup!  That's really all we do!  I recommend doing a load every two days or so.  You don't want to wait too long, especially if the diapers have poop.  

As for detergent, you usually don't need to use anything special.  Jillian's Drawers has a chart of different detergents that are OK for use on cloth diapers.  

Want more tips or info?  Green Mountain Diapers has some more tips on how to wash cloth diapers, including wool covers.