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Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012
My first diaper purchase EVER!!!! I have to admit I am not sure which snaps are supposed to snap to which, but I have a few months to figure it out. I have not used the dipaer obviously; however, Jody sent me lengthy care instructions which will be super helpful and I LOVE these little foxes!!!!! I may need another foxy diaper down the road:)
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WASHING RULES FOR BEST PRACTICE
While caring for your cloth diapers really is very simple, there are a few rules to live by – that, over time, other cloth diaper Mamas have passed around. And remember: you don't need extreme washing methods to properly clean a cloth diaper.
'ACTIVATING OR PREPPING' YOUR NEW CLOTH DIAPERS FOR THEIR FIRST USE
All Persnickety – Natural Cloth Diapers should be washed on warm and dried once prior to first use. Only once is needed. You may have heard from cloth diaper mamas that you need to strip your cloth diapers. The reason for this is that most diaper manufacturers cut a step in fabric preparation. This leaves absorbent inhibiting residues (wax and oil) in the fabric. These residues are not naturally in the fabric; they are added in the yarn manufacturing and knitting. By lubricating the yarns, the yarn will move faster and more smoothly through knitting machines. The residues are not harmful or toxic, but they do inhibit absorbency.
YUCK! The great news is that my manufacturers and I have stripped the inhibiting residues out of the fabric for you. I have decided not to pass on the cost of 'activation' or prepping, which could cost a couple of bucks just to prep one cloth diaper.
Spray/shake off solids into the toilet as they occur (exclusively breastfed babies will not need their 'solids' sprayed off as the poo is water soluble and will wash out completely in the wash). Store dirty diapers in a *dry pail* for no more than 3 days at a time. The ammonia in urine breaks down the fibres after 3 days. I also recommend flushable liners. They are very handy now that our baby is eating solids.
Dump your diapers/clothes into the washer and do a rinse/wash to get the nasties out prior to the wash cycle.
1. Cold prewash/pre-rinse (helps to remove stains!)
2. Cold or Warm wash with 1/4 the reg. amount of non-additive detergent.
3. Extra Cold Rinse
My favourite laundry detergent to use on my cloth diapers is Rockin Green. I tried a lot of alternatives and this detergent performs best. Follow directions on packaging.
Hang in the sun to get stains out. Simply take straight (wet) from the washer and lay or hang in the sunshine and then Fluff for 10 minutes in the dryer *OR* tumble dry warm. Wait until diapers are cool to fold and put away to give the elastic time to return to room temperature - this will help it last longer!
NO Bleach, Borax based detergents or products with "Oxi-" in the name - these break down the elastic and damage the PUL with repeated washings.
NO Fabric Softeners - these will reduce the amount your diapers are able to absorb over time.
NEVER use boiling water (or even some sanitary cycles on your washer) on cloth diapers as it could easily warp snaps, damage elastic or even the fabric. Water temperatures should not be over 140 degrees.
DO add a water softener in the wash if you live in a hard water area. Hard water can cause a buildup of minerals in your diapers which, unchecked, can lead to a bad case of the stinkies!
DO wash touch tape/aplix/velcro diapers separate from others as the hook portion on the velcro can damage other diapers, especially ones with fold over elastic and/or serged edges.
DO Hang Covers to dry (an occasional dry on HOT is a good thing for covers to help reseal the PUL).