Washing & Care of Cloth Diapers
Caring for your cloth diapers is easy. If you follow these simple guidelines you will be sure to enjoy many years of use from your investment. Now let's change a cloth diaper...
First off, everyone wants to know what to do with the poo!
If the diaper is soiled, knock solids into the toilet. You can use a diaper sprayer or disposable liners if you feel you want help with major chunks (these items are optional) and then store the diaper in a dry diaper pail or wet bag until laundry day. Small solids remaining on the diaper will be taken care of in the wash, so no toilet swishing or soaking required :) Bonus for newborn breastfed babies is that any poops will dissolve in the wash, so just put them straight into the wet bag. No additional steps needed.
Note: if you are using pocket diapers like Rumparooz, BumGenuis 5.0 or AppleCheeks, separate the insert from the diaper before placing both pieces in the diaper pail.
Washing/Drying your Cloth Diapers
First, run a cold rinse or rinse/spin or quick wash cycle with no detergent (depending on your washer settings). Any short cycle your machine has with the purpose of an initial flush of the diapers.
Second, run a hot cycle with detergent. What detergent should you use? Anything you like as long as it doesn't have added fabric softener.
Third, if your hot wash is not automatically followed by a cold rinse, run an additional rinse cycle. This step is only necessary with a particularly dirty load or if you feel it's needed to get all the detergent out.
Then tumble dry the diapers on medium or hang to dry. Avoid drying on high heat regularly as it shortens your diapers' life span.
Aside from that, keep in mind not to use fabric softener, pure soap (common in homemade recipes) or petroleum based bum creams and no dryer sheets.
See? Simple as a regular load of laundry.