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May

Whether you have sewn your own cloth diapers, received them as baby shower gifts or decided to purchase them, keeping cloth diapers fresh is important for the health of your baby, for your financial investment and for the value of your time.


Here are 5 Tips to Keep Your Diapers as Fresh as Possible:

1. Laundry Tabs - When making diapers with EZ Adjust™ hook and loop closures, be sure to add laundry tabs to the inside of the diaper. Wash the diapers with the closure tabs attached to the laundry tabs to prevent snagging the diaper’s fold over elastic and lining as well as other items in the laundry. Of course, do not wash items with zippers or other metal closures with your diapers.

2. Detergent - Use the proper type and amount of detergent. Since washing machines and water types vary, here are links to several charts and guidelines to help determine what detergent is best for your diapers:  

3. Whiten and Brighten with Sunlight -  When possible, rely on Mother Nature to provide a great solution for drying diapers while also removing stains. If you are not washing diapers immediately, be sure to rinse prior to placing in your diaper pail and to avoid mold and mildew; do not allow your diapers to soak while in the pail.  It is also recommended to wash diapers within 2 days of use.

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4. Stripping Diapers - Occasionally, it may be necessary to strip your diapers. Check out this advice should your diapers become “smelly” and have evidence of detergent or diaper cream build up.

5. Elastic Care – The elastic in the diaper legs and waist needs to be considered. By drying your diapers in the sunlight, it will reduce the wear and tear on the elastic caused by heat from your dryer. If you do use the dryer, keep the spin cycle turned down. It may still be necessary to replace the elastic should it lose some of its stretch. For a pocket style diaper with cased elastic, use a seam ripper and take out the stitching at the seam where the elastic ends meet. Unstitch the old elastic, pull it out and use a bodkin to run the new elastic back through the casing. You’ll need to re-stitch the ends together and sew the opened seam closed.  There are several tutorials online to help with this. Here is one we found.

With these tips as well as the great advice from moms like you in online diapering groups, your baby’s diapers will last until potty training and may be in good shape for your next baby!

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