The use of cloth diapers can save a considerable amount of money over time. The diapers are relatively easy to care for and can be kept sanitary with virtually no problem. Many parents elect to have a diaper service pick up and launder cloth diapers, but this can contradict their cost effectiveness. Laundering and stain removal of cloth diapers can be achieved by the parent with ease.
1) The trick to adequate stain removal on cloth diapers is to promptly soak them in a solution of water and baking soda, or water and ammonia. Many babies suffer skin allergies and are sensitive to the use of ammonia so baking soda is recommended. Add only half a cup of baking soda for every gallon of water. Place the diapers in a tub filled with the solution and allow to soak for one to two hours prior to washing. Make sure that any solid waste has been removed prior to soaking the diapers.
2) Wash the diapers using laundry soap and cold water. Repeat the wash using hot water for thorough cleansing.
3) When the diaper is removed from the washing machine, check it closely to make sure that all stains have been successfully removed. If the stains still exist then do not dry the diaper. Drying the diaper with the stains will render the stains virtually impossible to remove successfully.
4) If a stain is stubborn and difficult to remove then apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain and allow the solution to sit on the stain for one hour. Repeat the wash cycle after the hydrogen has sat on the stain.
5) Dry the diaper in sunlight to lessen the effects of the stain. Sunlight naturally helps fade the stains out.
6) Many people add a half a cup of lemon juice for every load of diapers that they wash. Lemon juice helps to naturally bleach the diapers and bring out the whiteness.
7) Baking soda can also be added to the load of laundry to help whiten the diapers. Add half a cup per laundry cycle.
8) In place of using a liquid fabric softener on the final rinse, add two tablespoons of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil sanitizes and removes odors. It works very similar to fabric softeners without the added chemicals that can upset the baby’s skin.
9) For diapers that smell intensely of urine or fecal matter, add a cup of vinegar to the load of laundry. Vinegar will help remove stains and odors during the wash cycle.
10) To successfully control stains on cloth diapers, prompt washing is imperative. Many people allow diapers to sit in the diaper pail for a week or more. Wash diapers every other day to keep them fresh and stain free.