Yes, I have a system. Just like with most things that I do, I create a system in my head to make myself “efficient”. I guess, that’s why I need to do things myself. I know it’s bad because I need to delegate and ask help and let go. But nobody will do it the way I do it, and not as efficient as I do it. Oh well…
I’m already done reviewing the different brands of cloth diapers I bought for Light, so now I’m going to share how I wash them. Before I get into my “washing system”, let me share first how I washed Light’s cloth diaper when they were new. At first I thought that I just needed to put them all in the washing machine and that’s it. But it wasn’t as easy as that. I found out that you have to soak new cloth diapers in water for an hour (some would suggest in warm water, some in cold water). You also have to wash them 2-3 times. Like wash them, dry them and wash-dry them again.
I found it such a time waster so I did a short cut. I didn’t have any problems with rashes so I guess I did okay.
How To Wash NEW Cloth Diapers
- I soaked them in water (I tried both in warm and cold; I think it doesn’t matter) for 30-45 minutes.
- I soak them in water with laundry detergent again for 20-30 minutes.
- Lastly, I wash them in the washing machine using Cycles Mild Laundry Detergent FOR BABIES.
That was my 3-wash version already. 🙂
Here are some instructions from different brands of cloth diapers.
Anyway, my cloth diaper washing system. 🙂 Like I mentioned in my previous posts, we didn’t get any household help at home. I do all the laundry. I wash Light’s clothes twice a week (part of the system ^_^). Since she uses cloth diapers at home, I made a “system” where keeping wet/soiled cloth diapers before laundry day won’t cause any problems like stinking the whole room or breeding bacteria. It’s a pretty simple system. 🙂
I placed two pails for the cloth diapers near Light’s changing table.
Pail #1: Water-laundry detergent solution (I use Tide Ultra Original laundry detergent.)
Pail #2: Plain water only
What i do is…
- I dump the wet diaper into Pail#1.
- If it’s soiled, I dump the poop into the toilet bowl first, then put the diaper into Pail#1 too. Use your bidet or the head shower to rinse off as much poop as you can.
- I let it soak, sometimes overnight or at least 4-5 hours (or when I get the time).
- Then, I soak them again into Pail#2 to rinse the detergent off a bit (‘coz I heard using the regular laundry detergent might be harsh on baby’s skin).
- By laundry day, Pail#1 is starting to stink with all the pee and poop stains so that means it’s time for me to change it with new water-laundry detergent solution. I usually change both pails by laundry day.
- I wash the cloth diapers together with Light’s other dirty clothes. I use Cycles Mild Laundry Detergent FOR BABIES.
I use Cycles because I like the smell and it really removes the stains off. Actually, I think it helps the companies a lot when they give out samples. I ended up using Cycles because I got some free samples of it from the seminars I attended when I was still pregnant. I’m partly excited when going to these seminars because of the freebies haha. I would have tried different brands (since I didn’t have any clue about laundry detergents for babies) and ended up using some other brand if I didn’t get any samples from the seminars.
Cycles is a little bit pricey, like with most baby items in the market today. The big box (1KG) of Cycles costs around Php300 in the supermarket. It lasts around 1-2 months for me. I think most of these baby laundry detergents are pretty much the same. Their prices don’t really differ that much.
I’ve also tried using D-nee laundry liquid detergent for babies. I received a pack of D-nee products which included shower gel, laundry liquid detergent, bottle and nipple cleaner and a body lotion for babies. I didn’t like the smell of D-nee detergent, though. I found it too strong. Although I read somewhere that liquid detergents are better to use than powdered ones. I think D-nee products are composed of natural ingredients where as Cycles is just mild and made safe for babies.
Anyway, Light didn’t have any skin problems with her clothes when I used either of the detergents. I just ended up using Cycles because it works great and I like the mild smell.
Here are my THREE MUST HAVES when doing Light’s laundry.
3 Must Haves For Doing Your Baby’s Laundry
- CYCLES mild laundry detergent FOR BABIES
- PAIL or balde
- CLOTHES RACK and HANGER with clips
So far, all Light’s cloth diapers are still in very good condition despite the soaking and multiple washes. 🙂