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Washing Cloth Diapers by Hand
How do you wash your cloth diapers? Have you ever thought about washing them by hand? What if you had to wash them by hand - do you know how? Handwashing cloth diapers isn't as unusual as you may think; read on to get the low-down on the whys and hows of handwashing cloth diapers, including tips and tricks from the experts!
In this age of technology with washers and dryers, why would anyone choose to wash laundry by hand - especially cloth diapers? We did some research and discovered that there are many good reasons why families are handwashing their cloth diapers.
I don't think anyone realizes how much they depend on their washer and dryer until they break. Of course our washer died in the middle of a cloth diaper washing session! I was able to take the diapers to my parents instead of washing them by hand, but next time I'll be prepared for handwashing our cloth diapers.
My family isn't big into camping but we've gone a few times and there have never been laundry facilities in the campgrounds where we stayed. I'm sure some campgrounds offer laundry facilities, but like hotels, they're not secure either.
When you realize that you're about to run out of clean diapers it may be quicker to try washing a couple of cloth diapers by hand than running a load in the machine.
Lack of Laundry FacilitiesSome families live in apartment buildings without laundry facilities or on upper floors of buildings that have basement facilities. Often these families choose to wash their cloth diapers by hand in between trips to the laundromat.
Personal PreferenceMany families prefer handwashing their cloth diapers because they feel it keeps them looking new longer.
Vacationing in a HotelMost hotels don't offer laundry facilities, and those that do are either very expensive, not secure, or both. Using the hotel tub for handwashing cloth diapers is a popular alternative for many families.
Handwashing Cloth Diapers is EasierWe've never washed our diapers by hand so we went to the experts on handwashing cloth diapers. We posted on several cloth diapering boards and asked for information on how to handwash cloth diapers. We were surprised to learn that washing cloth diapers by hand isn't as hard or as yucky as it sounds!
Step by Step Guide to Handwashing
Cloth DiapersNo matter where or why you're handwashing your cloth diapers, there are a number of steps you'll want to follow to be sure your diapers get clean. Before you begin you may want to change into clothing you won't mind getting soapy water on, or put a chef's apron over your clothing.
- Step 1: Plug the sink or tub drain and add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of detergent.
- Step 2: Add water
- Step 3: Add the diapers and swish until they're all wet and soapy. At this point you could let them soak if you wish.
- Step 4: Knead the diapers with your hands like you're kneading bread for several minutes (rubber gloves makes this less icky).
- Step 5: Unplug the sink or tub and let the water drain out.
- Step 6: Rinse the diapers under hot or warm running water until the water is clear.
- Step 7: Wring out your diapers and place in the dryer or hang to dry.
Tips for Handwashing Cloth DiapersNow that you know the basics, try some of the following ideas to make washing cloth diapers by hand even easier.
- You may need more diapers than recommended because they take longer to dry when washed by hand.
- Flat diapers are the easiest to handwash and will dry the quickest.
- Washing cloth diapers by hand is less overwhelming if you wash every day or every other day.
- Use your child's used bathwater to pre-soak your cloth diapers before washing.
- Rinse your cloth diapers in cold water before washing to prevent stains from setting.
- Try handwashing cloth diapers in a large bucket with a plunger as agitator.
- If you will be handwashing your cloth diapers for a long time consider investing in a wringer-washer.
- Don't worry if your cloth diapers come off the line stiff as boards, once they warm up they will soften.
- If you can't dry your cloth diapers outside try a wooden drying rack or hang clotheslines on a porch or in the kitchen.