Friday, June 18, 2010

My Three Favorite Tricks to Keep Cloth Diapers Fresh

1. The Sun
One of the benefits of living in a hot dry climate is the sun. Hanging your diapers to dry is not only economically and environmentally sound; the sun naturally bleaches out stains and odors. While the sun in Arizona is stronger then other states - you can still reap the benefits of sun drying anywhere in any climate.

2. Very Little if any Soap
I know you have read that you should use 1/4 of the recommended amount of soap when washing cloth diapers. I've seen parents make the mistake of adding more soap if their diapers stink. What happens then is that the soap actually holds in the odor instead of vice versa. If your diapers stink then follow our simple stripping guidelines After your diapers have been successfully stripped THEN use 1/8-1/4 the recommended amount of detergent to wash.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar
You know how baking soda neutralizes cat box odors? The same principle can be applied to cloth diapers using a dry or wet pail. Just sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the diapers and it will neutralize the urine smell. For the freshest smelling diapers; add white vinegar in lieu of fabric softener.


Mindy said...

Thanks for the great tips! I'm going to try the vinegar and I've been trying to figure out where to put up a line.

My earthy momma odyssey said...

I actually hang them on the swingset, lol.