21
Jun

The heat of summer is upon us and that can present some special circumstances for cloth diaper care and maintenance.

It’s important to wash soiled diapers within 2 days or sooner.  Tossing a soiled diaper into the diaper pail for any length of time is problematic, especially if it ends up in the bottom of the pail.  The wetness and compacting of the diaper can really build up heat and cause “cooking” of the diaper in the pail!

Bacteria and ammonia strengthen and multiply rapidly in hot weather. Leaving your diaper too long in the pail before laundering can cause degradation of diaper PUL and lining, plus it makes the diaper and soakers harder to get thoroughly clean.

It’s also very important to make sure you are using a detergent that fully lifts all the soiled matter and bacteria from the diaper. Don’t skimp on detergent - use the full amount recommended by the manufacturer when washing cloth diapers to assure thorough cleaning.

Summer sunshine does have benefits! If you have a clothes line or a drying rack, you can opt to sun dry your diapers instead of using the dryer. Diapers will dry quickly on the line or on a drying rack. This method will save energy, and has the added benefit of aiding in stain removal. “Sunning” the lining side of the cloth diaper will help to remove stubborn stains. A few drops of lemon juice on really tough stains will work wonders. Make sure to bring the diapers in as soon as they are dry, and don't leave them out on reflective surfaces or for extended periods of time. Such extreme heat could be damaging.

Baby’s comfort in the summer months is paramount! Make sure to change baby frequently to avoid heat rash or irritation. If baby does develop a rash, use a diaper cream safe for cloth diapers. If using another type of cream, make sure to use a disposable or other liner to prevent the cream from coming in contact with the absorbent layers. Diaper cream can and will build up on diapers and cause loss of absorption and repelling of moisture. This condition requires stripping the diaper to regain absorbency.

We hope these tips will help you keep your little one comfortable and your diapers in tip-top shape during these hot summer months.

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