June 13, 2011

How to keep your cloth diapers stain free!

Guest Post by Laura

So you want to keep your cloth diapers white and new-looking? You don’t want to use harsh chemicals that are harmful to your baby’s delicate skin and the environment?

I’ve rounded up some of the best ways to keep your diapers stain-free!

  • There’s no need to use a “wet” pail. Just put your wet diapers directly in a diaper pail with a washable, waterproof pail liner.

  • Use a diaper sprayer to spray all the solids off of the diaper. (You can also use a diaper liner if you prefer not to use a sprayer. There’s also the dunk & swish method as well.) Whichever of these 3 methods you use, you’ll want to make sure you get the soiled diaper wet and wring out just enough water so it’s not dripping wet. Then place it into your diaper pail until it’s time to wash.

  • Turn your wash to a cold rinse cycle and let the diapers soak overnight with about ¼ cup baking soda. In the morning, let the cold cycle run. Afterwards, set to a hot cycle and add your preferred cloth diaper detergent.

  • If your diapers still have light staining, try sunning them directly after washing.  The sun has a natural “bleaching” effect.  If sunning doesn’t work, try adding some lemon juice directly to the stain, and re-sun the diaper. *Use caution because lemon juice can have a bleaching effect. You’ll have to re-wash the diaper after lemon juice treatment before using on your baby again!

  • I usually go no more than 2 days between washings. This increases the possibility of set-in stains and also smelly diapers!

    Always check with the manufacturers’ recommendations before using different detergents or additives to your wash cycle.  If your stains don’t come out after trying these methods, just remember that-after all, it’s just a diaper. And your baby is just going to poop in it again!

    Laura’s Bio:  Laura is a wife and stay-at-home mother to her 3 daughters. She enjoys cloth diapering, bike riding, reading, walking, and arts & crafts.  You can visit her blog at Chalooby Baby.


    I love the baking soda soak & Lemon juice!