April 28, 2009

Bleach and cloth diapers: Yay or Nay?

Have you ever seen PUL after it's been through a mild bleaching a few dozen times? It's not a pretty sight. It actually DISSOLVES the PUL. So hold the bleach and try Bac-Out instead. :)

(BumGenius is the exception. They still say 1/4 cup bleach once a month is okay with their diapers and they back this up with their warranty.)


I love Bac-Out, but be sure to rinse thoroughly! Bac-Out's live enzymes can attack baby's skin if they are not all removed. (Trust me on this.) I have hard water (even after it's been softened) and a low-water usage washing machine. I put two teaspoons of Bac-Out in with a cold rinse, then wash with a two teaspoons detergent (with two rinses), then wash again without detergent (with two rinses). Sometimes I do another cold rinse just to be on the safe side.

I only use Bac-Out when my diapers start to smell when they're wet because it takes so many rinses!