Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My cloth diapers are not absorbent anymore, what do I do?

If you are washing your cloth diapers with a traditional name brand detergent there are a few things you should know....

1. Most detergents recommend you use far more than you need to. A load of cloth diapers (we are talking 50 regular sized diapers, not the college "I am going to save money by cramming an entire semester worth of laundry in a single load" style.) should only take about a tablespoon of detergent.

2. These detergents are often leave a residue on your clothes and over time this will build up until finally there is a layer thick enough to repel fluids.

-How to fix this problem-

**Check your machine manual to make sure this isn't going to cause a problem!**

1. To remove this film use a degreasing soap such as dawn liquid soap, add it to your liquid repelling / non-absorbent cloth diapers (A table spoon will do it, no other detergent necessary).

2. Let the load soak over night and then rinse them as many times as it takes until there are no soap suds in the machine when it is agitating the diapers.

3. That's it! Congratulations you have just "Stripped" your cloth diapers as we call it in the industry. It should greatly improve their performance and smell if they were holding a scent.

**Using a cloth diaper friendly detergent can help you avoid this problem. We use Rockin' Green Laundry detergent, it rinses completely clean, is phosphate free (environmentally friendly), and smells great! Click here to learn more.

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