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FAQ - Cloth Diaper Laundry

HOW DO I WASH (PREP) MY NEW DIAPERS?

Start with 5-6 hot water washes with detergent, drying at least partially in your dryer between each wash. Remember, it can take up to ten washes before the diapers will be fully absorbent. If you experience leaking after five washes, toss them in for another couple rounds of prepping.

 

DO I NEED TO ALTER MY WASH ROUTINE IF I HAVE AN OLD STYLE TOP LOAD WASHER?

A top load washer is great for getting more water into your diaper wash loads. Unfortunately, it also is much harsher on your diapers with the increased agitation when washing. We recommend washing your GroVia Hybrid Shells separately or with other baby laundry on a gentle wash cycle. To conserve water, make sure you are matching your water levels with your load size and use enough detergent. More volume of water requires additional detergent.

MY CLOTH DIAPERS SMELL LIKE AMMONIA. WHAT DO I DO?

The first thing to do is to look at what detergent you are using. Does it have plant oils in it? Are you using the recommended amount? Always use the recommended amount of detergent according to its package directions...always! Rinse your night time diapers well in the morning and squeeze all excess water out before adding to your diaper pail. Propping open the diaper pail to allow air circulation is also recommended, especially during the summer months.

If the above doesn't work, you most likely have a case of ammonia build up in your diapers. Our Mighty Bubbles Laundry Treatment works great for an occasional diaper deep clean. Usually three treatments will be enough to get the diapers back to their normal state again. If they still smell after three treatments, try another 1 or 2 treatments and follow up with a mild bleach wash to disinfect the ammonia bacteria. Use ¼ cup for a HE front load washer on a warm wash, extra rinse and ½ cup if you are using a non-HE top load washer. Going forward, make sure you are using a good detergent and enough of it. Check out our Laundry section for more information located in our Learn tab at the top of our website. You should never need to deep clean your Hybrid shells with Mighty Bubbles. The shells are water-resistant and non absorbent.

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MY DIAPERS SMELL MUSTY/DIRTY. WHAT DO I DO?

More than likely you are not using enough detergent or the right kind of detergent. Make sure you are always using the recommended amount of detergent per the package directions. Check to make sure your detergent does not contain plant oils. If you know you have hard water, you should also add additional detergent to compensate.

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CAN I USE BLEACH ON MY GROVIA DIAPERS?

Regular use of bleach will harm the TPU and elastic on the diapers. It will also break down the natural fibers causing premature wear. We do, however, recommend a bleach wash anytime you are treating a yeast infection or any other bacterial infection. You can also use it to treat some nasty ammonia buildup after you have used the Mighty Bubbles Laundry Treatment to deep clean them first. Make sure to use common sense whenever considering the use of bleach and don't use frequently.

However, if you start to experience an "unclean" smell from your No Prep Soaker Pads (make sure you are always using enough detergent and a full wash cycle) you may add 1/8c of chlorine or oxygen bleach to your wash cycle every 4-6 weeks. Make sure to do an extra rinse after bleaching.

HOW DO I REMOVE STAINS FROM MY GROVIA DIAPERS AND CLOTH SOAKER PADS?

Good old sunshine is still the best stain remedy to remove stains from cloth diapers. Two hours laying a washed but still damp diaper in the sunshine will give you amazing results. Even laying in front of a window in the winter or on an overcast day will help reduce stains.

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WHAT DO I DO WITH THE POOP?

Remove as much of the solid material as possible at the time of the diaper change by rinsing with a cloth diaper sprayer, dunking in the toilet and flushing away, using toilet tissue, or consider using GroVia BioLiners to simplify this process. More Info

HOW MUCH DETERGENT SHOULD I USE ON MY GROVIA DIAPERS?

We always advocate to use the recommended amount that your detergent directs on the back of the package. If you have hard water, you should add more than the recommended amount. You should also add more if you are using a large load setting on a top load washing machine, as there is a higher volume of water being used.

CAN I USE HOMEMADE DETERGENT ON MY DIAPERS?

We do not recommend using homemade detergent on your diapers. The main reason is because the ingredients usually include Fels Naptha or another bar soap which can leave residue on your diapers. Another common ingredient is OxiClean which is another no-no for regular use on cloth diapers. Borax is caustic and should also be avoided. The concentrations in homemade detergents are not formulated for modern cloth diaper materials, making this risky for the new style of diapers that include elastics and TPU. Learn more

WHAT DETERGENTS DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR USE ON YOUR CLOTH DIAPERS?

Any detergent that does not have a lot of plant oils, bleach, oxygen bleach or fabric softener is suggested for use. Visit our Laundry Info Page for more information.

DO I NEED TO STRIP MY DIAPERS?

If your detergent is doing it's job, you should not need to strip your diapers. If you have been using less than the recommended amount of detergent and your diapers are starting to smell or you are experiencing mineral build up, you may need to deep clean them to get the back to normal. Our Mighty Bubbles Laundry Treatment is a great treatment for deep cleaning cloth diapers. Then going forward, you would need to modify your wash routine to prevent future issues. For more information, please check out our recent blog post "Enough with the Stripping Already".