Our Cloth Diaper Routine

The most challenging thing about cloth diapering is getting started! Narrowing down the brand of diaper, cream and soap took me a few tries, but I think I have found the perfect combination. Once you have a routine down, cloth diapering is super simple and gratifying. Drew and I were talking the other day about how we can’t even imagine NOT using cloth with our next babies. I hope this post saves those of you who are thinking about using cloth some time and energy, so that you can start the process with peace of mind!

NOTE:

We own 25 Rumparooz pocket diapers, and 30 Thirsties wipes.

Step 1: Always use the right products on your diapers to make cleaning easy.

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm is THE BEST cloth friendly cream I have found. It smells good, works wonders, and will not create build up.

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Bac-Out helps eliminate odor when sprayed on dirty diapers before tossing them in the pail. We keep both products at our changing station.

Step 2: Empty diaper pail and replace pail liner.

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We use a trash can, and always keep an extra liner on hand.

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Step 3: Dump the diapers and wipes in the wash, and then the pail liner. 

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Good news! You don’t need to pull out the inserts for pocket diapers, they wiggle out on their own.

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Step 4: Rinse cycle with cold water. 

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Don’t scrimp on the water, I always set it to large.

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Step 5: Heavy wash cycle with hot water and detergent.

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Large water load is important.

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I use 3 scoops of Rockin’ Green Classic Rock.

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Step 6: Large rinse cycle with cold water.

To remove detergent residue.

Step 7: Small rinse cycle with cold water.

For good measure.

Step 8: Transfer the inserts and wipes to the dryer.

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I add 4 to 6 Woolzies to the dryer as well to cut down drying time and make everything soft. NEVER use dryer sheets.

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Step 9: Hang diaper covers on drying rack.

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Air drying the diaper covers ensures your diapers will have a long life, and that the elastic will stay tight. The covers take a couple of hours to dry, I usually let them hang overnight. We use a simple folding rack.

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Step 10: Organize into piles.

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Sperate and fold the wipes, stack the inserts for easy stuffing.

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Step 11: Stuff the diapers.

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Put each insert into a cover. We have 4 sets of bamboo inserts that we put into black diapers for “overnight”. These go in their own basket (see below) for easy access at bedtime.

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Step 12: Put ’em away!

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Storing diapers is a personal preference. We use 3 baskets on a shelf that hold the diapers perfectly.

 

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Comments

2 Responses to Our Cloth Diaper Routine

  1. Tracy Scorse says:

    you are amazing…not to mention the incredible photos!!!

  2. Ashley says:

    Look at you all organize… You are such a great Mommy. Eli has so much to be thankful for in you!

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