Proper Care: Flat Cloth Diapers
Protex Medical Inc™ - How to care for flat cloth diapers
Before using your new diapers:
Wash your new diapers first before you use them. Your diapers won't
absorb properly unless they've been washed and dried before use. Most
all clothing, including diapers are coated with sizing which
facilities handling and protects the garment during the manufacturing
process. This coating will reduce absorbency unless first removed
during the wash cycle. If you put a brand new diaper on and wet it,
urine may simply bead up and run right out of the diaper. The washing
swells and fluffs the cotton fibers maximizing your absorbency.
Pre-washing your diapers with vinegar is an excellent way to reduce
future stains. Vinegar "sets" the fabric and may prevent staining
altogether. We suggest doing the first wash using the cold cycle with
one cup vinegar only. Then follow with three warm or hot washes with
detergent and a run in the dryer after each of these three washes.
How to Wash Your Diapers:
Properly washing your diapers will extend their life and keep them
soft and absorbent. Improper laundering can weaken the fabric and
reduce the life of your diapers.
Your wash day should be at least once and ideally twice a week. Either
rinse soiled diapers in the toilet or soak them in the pail with cold
water and a cup of Borax, baking soda or vinegar. Begin by running one
cold wash followed with another wash on longest hot cycle with
detergent and Borax, but no bleach and cold rinse. Bleach will damage
your diapers in the long run and is never recommended. A cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle is also recommended (use a Downy ball with vinegar in it) but NO fabric softeners. Reason? Using vinegar in the rinse cycle helps to get out the uric acid and keeps your diapers smelling clean and fresh. Fabric Softeners leave coating of a wax-like substance on your diapers and makes them less absorbent.
How to Dry Diapers:
Put your diapers in your dryer for at least 60 minutes or hang them in the sun. If
after they've dried in the sun your diapers get stiff, put them in your
dryer with a damp wash cloth for a few minutes to soften. Do not use
fabric dryer sheets as they leave a coating that reduces absorbency.