I know some moms have so many questions regarding cloth diapers and how to go about them. Some hesitate to start because they do not know exactly what to do. When I was pregnant with Leo, I researched a lot about it and I’ve learnt so much through other moms’ blogs and YouTube videos. We have been cloth diapering for 5 months now and I have to say, it is easier than it looks! Seriously! So I am gonna answer these questions regarding cloth diapering in my post below:-
- What do you actually need?
- How do you wash the diapers?
- What about the poop?
- Where do you put the dirty diapers?
- How do you hang them dry?
This is our cloth diaper set up and what we use for Leo.
His diapers are ready-to-use in the first drawer. I keep them there so that it is easy to change him. He moves a lot now so I have to keep an eye for him or he might fall off the change table! I have a little more diapers now. I sold off those that I did not use and got more of the ones that I like that works best for us. I will make a cloth diaper stash update soon.
I used to fold my cloth wipes so that they “pop-out” when I pull them out just like normal wipes, but now I don’t.
I figured there is no need to fold them nicely because at the end, I am gonna need one fast and sometimes, they get stuck in the wipes container. This was a regular disposable wipes container, which I am no longer using. This container cannot fit as many cloth wipes too. It was only more trouble to fold them and put it in.
Now I use a normal container that I had bought from Daiso for RM5. Super cheap! And I can keep ALL my cloth wipes in it. Just throw them in and use whenever I need. I do not pre-wet my wipes because I find it yucky (bring soiled with water for a few days?) I just spray on each wipe as I use.
What is in my spray bottle? Only water. I do not use any soap or special solution. I did, at one time wanted to make my own solution or maybe just a little baby soap but there is really no need for that. I find that wiping Leo with water alone is good enough to clean all the mess.
Again… I can use as many wipes as I need. Cloth wipes (I use regular wash cloths), are so much bigger and can clean very well compared to disposable wipes/wet tissues. If you remember my previous post on vacation —–> HERE. I mentioned that on disposables, I had to change him a few times when his diaper was not even full because we went swimming. With so many changes, I felt bad that I threw away diapers just like that. With cloth, I do not have to worry because I will wash them anyway. I can use as many as I’d like. Same as wipes… I use 2-3- disposable wipes to clean a mess. That is a lot of money in the long run.
Once I remove his dirty diaper, I put it into the diaper bin/wetbag. I use a wetbag when I am away from home/daycare. At home, I just open the lid of the bin and throw it in. The bin I am using is a regular trash bin from IKEA. I think I got it at RM45 or so… it is easy to use and in actual fact, you can just use a normal trash bin. No need for anything special, really. I put a pail liner in the bin so that it keeps the mess or if I have any wet diapers in there. The liner is waterproof as well (just like the outside of a cloth diaper). When it is laundry day, I simply take off the lid, take the liner to my washing area and start laundry. That’s all. I have 2 pail liners to rotate. The liners I use is from Grovia.
I will pour all my dirty diapers into my washing machine and start the laundry. This is what I typically do:-
- Run a quick wash cycle with full water capacity without detergent (to remove all the pee/poop)
- Run a normal/soak wash cycle with full water capacity with detergent (around 1.5-2 tablespoons per wash for 15 diapers)
- Take the clean diapers out and hang dry
Sounds easy? YES, it is that simple! I use full water capacity to rinse diapers because rinsing is the most important part. It removes all the dirt and makes the diapers cleaner.
I use Rockin Green detergent as it is the best cloth diaper safe detergent. Using non cloth diaper detergent may cause your diapers to repel water… only if you do it VERY often. I bought this pack for RM55 and I am still using the same first pack that I bought. It has been 5 months and I still have more than 1/3 of detergent! They last very long and not expensive at all!
Now that Leo is taking semi solids once a day, his poop may not be 100% water soluble (but still, they wash clean almost99%). I use a diaper liner to prevent staining or just so it is easy to dispose of the messy poop and then wash the diaper as usual. You can now get flushable liners easily too. When Leo has a supermessy poopy diaper (which only happened twice so far), I will just spray it off in my toilet with the water sprayer. It takes less than a minute and then put it in the pain as usual with the other diapers.
I hang them on my normal clothes hanger and it will dry by the next day, unless it is raining. As you can see, I do my laundry at night because it is the only time I have besides the weekend. If there is hot sun in the weekend, I will dry them under the sun and it removes stains magically. The sun is the best bleach for your diapers 🙂
Leo rarely develops diaper rashes. He will only get them when his diaper is not changed often enough. You can get cloth diaper safe rash cream pretty easily now. I use Thirsties Booty Love which I bought at RM25 per jar. Yes, it costs more than the normal Drapolene or Bepenthen but again, cloth diaper safe cream is made of natural ingredients. If you get some organic ointment as diaper cream, it may cost even more. Normal rash cream can work too but it may cause your cloth diapers to repel water in the long run. But if you do have to use those, just put a nappy liner on. It will protect the diaper from the cream.
p/s: you diaper will not repel water if you use normal cream/normal detergent once. It is only if you keep using them for months!
So there you have it. I hope I answered most of your questions regarding cloth diapering and I hope that you may think about switching to cloth or at least try it out. If you have any feedback/questions do share them with me in the comments below. If you do cloth diaper, let me know your routine and how you handle them.