My Cloth Diapering Wash Routine

cloth diaper wash routinePeople often ask me how I clean my cloth diapers. It’s really more simple than I think they imagine it to be. It’s certainly more simply than I ever thought it would be. Sure, there are more complicated routines out there, but I’ve never had a problem just keeping it simple. Here are my steps:

1. After removing the diaper, if there is poop on it, I knock as much as I can out into the toilet. I don’t touch the poop, I don’t spray it, I don’t even care if all of the poop has been removed. I do what I can before removing the insert and tossing it into the laundry basket.

2. I use a separate laundry basket for cloth diapers, and all it really is is a small garbage can with a lid.

3. Either every day or every other day, depending on how many diapers I have and how motivated I am to do laundry, I dump the diapers into the washing machine.

4. I set the water temperature to hot and adjust the load size accordingly. I don’t do a pre-soak unless I know there is a diaper or two in there that particularly needs it. I don’t even do an extra rinse.

5. I insert a capful of laundry detergent and close the door.

6. When the wash is done, I put them in the drier on medium heat (I used to hang them to dry but it’s soooo humid on my little tropical island that they never dry).

Yes, washing cloth diapers is really that simple. The key is a good laundry detergent that doesn’t have any fragrances, enzymes, or other additives that can build up on your cloth diapers and make them less absorbent. I recently started using method 4x concentrated laundry detergent and I have to say I’m pretty impressed.
DSC_0052method is made of naturally-derived ingredients making it biodegradable and hypoallergenic. It’s perfect to use on baby diapers or clothes, or anyone’s clothes for that matter. It smells AMAZING, without the use of any fragrances (I don’t know how they do it). Using a detergent like method can help prevent cloth diapers from buildup that causes funky smells and leaking, which may require stripping. It is tough on baby’s messes but gentle on baby’s skin. Washing cloth diapers is easy! All you need is the right detergent. method is currently partnering with ASOS to create a wonderful collection of the latest fashion trends. Check it out at the ASOS hub!

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Keiki Update

 Now that I’m all done with monthly letters (wow!), I wanted to steal Megan’s idea and do monthly “Keiki Updates.” Here’s the first!
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Eva has been three for two months now. She’s blossomed so much since she started pre-school in April. She talks and talks and talks about anything and everything. She always has to be on-the-move and she hates being stuck at home. She loves the beach and going on nature walks. She loves picking flowers and watching animals. She’s as girly as ever, always noticing when someone has a new piece of jewelry or nail polish color. But she’s a free spirit. She isn’t afraid to roll around in the sand or splash in muddy puddles. She loves spaghetti, chocolate-chip granola bars, and grapes. She hates putting sunscreen on, even though she gets it just about every day. She’s getting really good at drawing and coloring. She’s very protective of her little brother and is always looking out for him. She’s the only one that can boss him around, in her opinion. She has a sweet, sensitive soul and she’s just so full of love. <3

Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetDamian is 13 months now. He’s already learned so much since turning one. He’s really starting to get the hang of repeating sounds and learning words. Some of the words he says are there, bird, bear, here, ball, and he’s trying to say “belly button.” He can point to it along with his eyes, nose, mouth, ears, teeth. He can also nod his head yes or no when asked a question. He loves throwing and kicking balls. He loves trucks and wheels. He’s also obsessed with our vacuum cleaner. He follows his sister around everywhere and tries to copy everything she does. He loves the beach and the ocean. He’s a great eater and will eat all day long if you let him. He likes to brush his teeth more than any kid I know. He’s the best cuddler and I hope he stays that way forever. <3