One thing we cloth mamas like to talk about is our stash. We are protective of our stashes, taking care to keep them in beautiful condition. It’s not unusual to discuss laundry routines. We like to compare what we’re doing and seek advice and suggestions when we run into stink or stain issues and just over all advice on washing cloth diapers.
I read about others’ wash routines as I experimented with my own. I tweaked ours until I found what seems to work. I’ve been using the same routine now for a couple months.
I’m sharing it with you in case you still haven’t found the right routine for you. However, please keep in mind that there are lots of variables that contribute to any laundry issues. I also admit that my routine doesn’t necessarily match the recommended laundering instructions of the manufacturers of our diapers. Have you noticed that they don’t all agree on the best care either?
Some say a cold rinse, some say a cold wash, some say a warm wash and still others say a hot wash!
So, keeping all that in mind…here we go!
Washer: GE, top loader
Dryer: GE, gas
Water: Hard (have softener system)
Detergent: Rockin Green
I do a warm soak with a cold pre-rinse to start. We have an option for a 30 minute auto soak, which will then do a power rinse.
I add 2 scoops of RnG (3 if its a very large load or very poopy load). The wash cycle is HOT on heavy cottons setting. It rinses on cold.
Then I do a cold power rinse.
Before hanging shells on the line and putting the rest into the dryer, I give ’em the sniff test. They say if they stink out of the washer, you need to tweak amount of detergent. After washing cloth diapers, they should smell like nothing. Well, that’s what I hear. Mine smell like wet towels to me. Not stinky, just wet. I figure they are clean if I need to really bury my nose into my inserts and not smelling much of anything.
All the inserts and prefolds go into the dryer. All my shells go on the line except for my AIOs and my Happy Heiney organic hemp pocket. I put them into the dryer because they take took long and get crunchy otherwise.
We have very few light stains. Throughout the winter I sunned stained diapers in the front window. I’m not sure if I’ll get a line for outside yet or not…
What’s your laundry routine for your fluff?