The MGF Guide for Cleaning Cloth Diapers

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While traditional detergents may be powerful stain removers, they’re often packed with harsh chemical ingredients

A large number of My Green Fills family members are moms and dads. They’re dedicated to making their homes a safer place for their kids. As a baby parent cleaning cloth diapers is just part of everyday life. But while traditional detergents may be powerful stain removers, they’re often packed with harsh chemicals. Ingredients which are known to irritate the skin, sinuses, and respiratory system – especially in babies and small children. 

For any parent out there who has survived a cloth diaper blowout, it will come as no surprise that one of the most common questions we get is:

“Can MyGreenFills clean cloth diapers?”

…In a word: Yes! 

We’ve developed a go-to method for safely cleaning, sanitizing, and stripping cloth diapers. It’s the very same method that the parents on the MyGreenFills team use, and we wanted to share it with you!

STEP 1: PRE-WASH

Here’s what you’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Discard solids before placing soiled diapers into the pail. (This should be done immediately after a diaper change.)
  2. Put soiled diapers in the wash.
  3. Add the Laundry Wash, Rinse, and Enzyme Stain Remover.
  4. Set the washer to COLD and pre-wash.

STEP 2: HEAVY DUTY WASH (for heavy duty doody)

Here’s what you’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Once your pre-wash has finished, shake out the diapers and return them to the wash.
  2. Add the Laundry Wash, Rinse, and Enzyme Stain Remover.
  3. Set washer to HOT and run the Heavy Duty wash setting.
  4. Once they’ve finished washing, hang all diaper covers out to dry and throw the diapers in the dryer on a warm tumble setting. (Or, to be extra eco-friendly, hang everything to dry!)
  5. If you notice any lingering stains, rewash with OxyBoost and/or place in the sun for a natural bleaching effect.

QUICK TIPS

  • For very hard water, we do not recommend adding any additional rinse cycles as it can cause buildup on cloth diapers. White vinegar can help to soften and deodorize fabrics.
  • To avoid ammonia buildup, wash your cloth diapers frequently (about every 2 days).
  • We recommend unscented Wash and Rinse for cloth diapers, as our unscented products have a higher concentration of Citric Acid, which is great at neutralizing ammonia compounds. (Ammonia is the primary cause of diaper funk!)
  • Enzyme stain remover is important to this process, as it helps breakdown stains and odors.
  • For stubborn stains, try adding OxyBoost in a hot wash for an extra boost of clean.

Extra funky diapers got you down?

We recommend stripping your cloth diapers occasionally to release excessive stains and odors.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bathtub or washing sink and mix for even distribution.
  2. Place clean cloth diapers into the mixture to soak.
  3. Allow diapers to sit for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
  4. Remove the diapers and place them in the washing machine for a regular wash cycle.
  5. Dry diaper inserts in the dryer or hang to dry. (Always hang dry cloth covers!)

But what about the wipes?

While we are talking diaper duty there’s another aspect of keeping your baby clean and happy. Tushie wipes. And aren’t those things ex-pen-sive!! Plus they are made with a whole host of chemicals that are not good for your baby’s sensitive skin.

It turns out you don’t need all those chemicals to help keep baby’s bottom clean. Here’s a DIY all-natural baby wipe that is safe, effective, and really cheap to make!

Ingredients:

  1. Roll of plain Paper Towels (or linen-like napkins)
  2. Container to hold your wipes (Be creative.. Up-Cycle!)
  3. White Distilled Vinegar
  4. Fractionated Coconut Oil
  5. Colloidal Silver
  6. Essential Oils of your choice (Rosemary & Lemongrass is one of our favorites)

Directions:

  1. Cut the wipes to fit your container
  2. Cut a cross in the top of the container
  3. In a bowl mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 cup coconut oil
  4. Add a drop of Colloidal Silver
  5. Drop in your essential oils
  6. Pull the center out of the paper towels and push through the cross you made in step 2 !!!
  7. Let it sit for a few minutes and you’re ready to wipe bottoms!

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