Cloth Diapers 101

Until I actually have a chilliun of my own to use cloth diapers for, I have been taking information from various sites and blogs or cloth diapers.

That being said, here’s some info on how to clean your cloth diapers and fix the dreaded hard water issue!

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Regular wash routine:

There are many opinions about washing cloth diapers, and many people have developed additional steps and routines based on their individual needs. Here is a simple routine for washing cloth diapers that has worked for us. We recommend starting simple and adjust only if necessary for your baby or water-type.

If soiled, use the mini-shower to remove poop from diaper. Leave the diaper wet enough that it almost drips. Keeping the diaper wet until it is washed will help reduce stains.

Toss into a dry pail; wash every day or every other day.

Wash no more than 12 – 18 diapers at a time.

Use your washer’s highest water level.

Pre-rinse with cold water and no detergent.

Use a regular hot water cycle and Tide (not Tide Free).

Dry diapers in the dryer or hang dry or a combination of both.

Here are some things to avoid:

Avoid using chlorine bleach on a regular basis. It will break down fibers and noticeably shorten the life of your diapers. In addition, it may irritate your baby’s skin.  Some manufacturers, like bumGenius!, recommend using 1/4 cup bleach with your regular wash once a month.

No fabric softeners, which coat fabric and reduce absorbency. This includes ‘baby’ detergents such as Dreft.

Lengthening the Life of Your Cloth Diapers:

Here are some things that you can do to help your diapers last longer:

Hang dry overnight, or partially dry in the dryer and then hang dry.

To keep diapers soft, do not dry on your dryer’s hottest setting.

Minimize use of bleach.

Never use fabric softener.

Use 1/2 cup lemon juice to whiten.
Sun them, even in cold weather, to freshen and remove stains.

Smelly diapers?

Use baking soda and vinegar! Here’s how:

Do a cold rinse.

Use your regular amount of detergent.
Add 1/2 cup baking soda and a Downy ball filled to the top with distilled white vinegar.  Start your washer’s hot cycle.
After the diapers have agitated, but before the hot water has drained, stop the cycle (this can be done on some washers by leaving the lid up).

Let the diapers soak overnight.

Close the lid in the morning to complete the cycle.

How do baking soda and vinegar work?

The baking soda neutralizes acidic odors, removes acid and protein based stains, and softens the diapers. The vinegar neutralizes alkaline odors and removes alkaline based stains. Rather than adding the baking soda to your washer on wash day, you can add it directly to the diaper pail before you begin to fill it with diapers. This will help keep your diaper pail smelling fresh.

Note: if you have hard water, use borax instead of baking soda.

Do I HAVE to use a Mini-Shower for dirty diapers?

No! If your baby is solely breastfed, you can just throw the diaper into your diaper pail. The initial cold rinse will remove the poop. This is because the poop of breastfed babies is water soluble. However, stains will occur.

After your baby starts solids, you should shake off what you can into the toilet before placing the diapers into the diaper pail. Another option is to use biodegradable, flushable liners. Just remove the liner, poop and all, and drop into the toilet.

However, if you want your diapers remain stain-free, we recommend using the Mini-Shower and leaving your diaper almost dripping wet when placing it into the diaper pail. Keeping it wet until wash day will minimize staining.

Choosing A Detergent:

There are many opinions about which detergents are best for cloth diapers. We believe you should use what works for you and your baby. Remember, if you feel your detergent isn’t working, you can always strip your diapers and start over.  Our top three recommended detergents are Original Powder Tide (not liquid Tide, HE Tide, or other version of Tide), Allen’s Naturally, Charlie’s Soap, and Sensi-Clean. Do not use any baby detergents such as Dreft, since they contain fabric softeners.

For a complete detergent chart, click on the link below. This guide (from jilliansdrawers and customers) will help you choose the best detergent for your cloth diapers.

Choose a detergent for your wonderful cloth diapers that will keep them smelling fresh, leak-free, and soft!

A note on “Free and Clear”…

We get calls daily about leaking cloth diapers, especially pocket diapers and All-In-Ones, and the Free and Clear detergents listed below are the culprits 99% of the time.  Please note that many parents do use Free and Clear detergents successfully… it depends on the water in your area. However, it is true that when we receive calls and the issue is due to the detergent, Free and Clear detergents were being used. And if you do want or need to use a Free and Clear detergent, then we recommend two brands below (Purex and Mountain Green).

Free and Clear detergents contain microbiostats, which control the growth of microorganisms, such as dust mites. 
This is beneficial to those with allergies, but may be the common ingredient that causes the fleece in your pocket diapers to repel.

Now, many parents use Free and Clear detergents with great success (it really depends on your local water mineral content and washer), but if you begin to have leaks or smells after a few weeks or months, try stripping your diapers and then switching detergents.

How To Strip Cloth Diapers And Why:

What is Build-Up?

Build up means your diapers have a film coating on the fibers.  You will notice this because they may come out of the washer and dryer smelling and will lose some absorbency.  Pocket diapers and All In Ones that worked great when new may begin leaking.  Don’t worry!  It’s easy to strip them!

How can I tell if my cloth diapers have build-up?

If your diapers are smelling, repelling, or wicking, then chances are that the detergent is building up.

Diapers may also be smelling due to bacteria, in which case stripping them will not remove the bacteria.  Instead, we recommend using 1/4 cup bleach with one load.

When do I need to strip my cloth diapers?

To keep cloth diapers working their best, we recommend stripping them once a month. If a cloth diaper incompatible detergent has been used, then we recommend stripping all your diapers twice, and then switching to a compatible detergent.

How do I strip my cloth diapers?

Start with clean diapers.  Use 1 packet of RLR (this is a favorite: or 1 capful of Sensi-Clean ( on a warm cycle to strip your cloth diapers (use 1/2 capful for HE washing machines).  For cloth diapers with a lot of build-up, repeat.  Then rinse your diapers to remove any RLR or Sensi-Clean residue.  Dry on medium heat.

Sensi-Clean (also labelled as Sports-Wash) is biodegradable and is made from vegetable based surfactants.  A very small percentage of babies are allergic to Sensi-Clean and will develop a severe rash after its use.  For this reason, remember to rinse the diapers and watch your baby’s bottom closely for any reaction.

Alternatively, you can use 1/16 – 1/8 cup of Dawn Original dish detergent instead, although we have not found this method to be nearly as effective.


Cloth Diaper Humor


Well when they come in so many prints and patterns you can never have too many!

Cloth Diapering 101: Diapers Still Smell Or Not As Clean As They Could Be?


Questions to ask if your cloth diapers are still smelly or not as clean as they could be.

Cloth Pads 101: The Prelude

So along with cloth diapers there are cloth pads. I also will be looking into making my own! So excited! 🙂

You can read the whole article here:

“The reasons women switch to cloth can be varied, but here is a list of pros and cons collected from other users comments as well as my own list. Some are major things, some are more minor, and to be fair I’m listing the cons too….even though I don’t agree with them all. If you want me to add to this list, contact me and I’ll be happy to.


– Cheaper than disposables in the long run.
– Much Less waste for you to throw away.
– Less waste formed during manufacturing.
– Reusable (better for the environment + saving you money).
– Always on hand – Never “run out” and have to make the dash to the supermarket to get more.
– Feels softer than plasticky/papery disposables.
– Tends to be less “sweaty” feeling than disposables.
– May lessen the chance of getting thrush (than using disposables).
– Not giving money to large companies.
– Supporting WAHM and other small businesses.
– Can help women get in touch with their bodies and view menstruation in a more positive light.
– Can buy a variety of different styles and shapes to suit your preference and needs.
– They come in bright colorful fabrics, which makes them more interesting.
– Can be available in natural and organic fabrics.
– Less chance of causing skin irritations as they don’t contain the chemicals found in disposables.
– No adhesive strip to catch pubic hair.
– Soaking/washing water makes a good fertilizer for plants.
– Can wash them in the washing machine with any load of laundry.
– Various options of absorbency means you can use whatever is appropriate for each day.
– Many styles can be tumble dried.
– Some styles have waterproofing sewn in, so can be as leakproof as plastic disposable pads.
– Some styles have no synthetics to be as breathable as possible (less “sweaty”).
– Can be purchased online from numerous places, and some brands available in stores.
– Some styles (usually synthetic topped) can resist staining, and some users find no problem with staining anyway.
– Some women find they are more likely to change their pad more often with cloth, as they don’t have to worry about “wasting” a disposable pad.
– Some women notice less smell when using cloth pads.
– No bin of smelly wrapped used pads sitting in the toilet/bathroom.
– Can be more absorbent than disposables.
– Some women find reduction in length or heaviness of periods, or reduced cramps, clotting etc. when using cloth.
– Easy to make yourself.


– Takes time to wash and dry the pads compared to throwing away disposables.
– Handwashing can be time consuming and difficult (though you can machine wash them).
– Are more expensive to purchase initially.
– Usually bulkier than many “ultrathin” style disposable pads.
– Not as easily available (not stocked in supermarkets).
– Many women find the concept unpleasant.
– Other family members may be uncomfortable with their use.
– Cloth pads can stain.
– Users have more contact with blood.
– Special care may need to be taken if the user has thrush or blood diseases.
– Using disposable pads is quicker and easier.
– It is generally more socially acceptable to use disposable pads.
– Disposable pads may be more discreet (smaller) than carrying around cloth pads.
– You have to bring your cloth pads home with you if you change them while out.
– Pads soaking in a bucket of water could pose a drowning risk when small children are around.
– Many women would not like the added complication of caring for menstrual pads.
– Don’t stick to your underpants with adhesive (some cloth pads use other forms of securing them) so can shift about more than stick on pads.”

So far my favorite brand is GladRags:


Courtesy of GladRags

The photo above is listed at the link below:

Research Vaccines…

There’s a reason why I’m anti-vax.

Sites worth visiting:

Refusal forms:!vaccine-refusal-form/cno1

If you homeschool (based on state):

Package inserts for vaccines (side effects and ingredients; from vaccine manufacturers):

Anti-vax friendly doctors (based on state):





Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not telling you what choices to make when it comes to vaccinating (or not vaccinating) your child. Please do YOUR OWN research and make YOUR OWN decisions based upon your findings.

Cloth Diapering: The Prelude

So as I am in my ttc journey I am researching everything. One little bit of magic I stumbled across and fell in love with: cloth diapers.

This first blog post on this topic will be a compilation of different links to hell explain what cloth diapers are, pros vs cons, costs, details, and much much more…

I will also be posting many different brands. Comment a brand you like!

Diaper Brands:



Hello there fellow bloggers: My name is Jordan. I was born and raised in Chambersburg, PA. I lived there til June 2013 when I moved to The Sunshine State. This is my first attempt at blogging so please bear with me!

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