Washing Cloth Diapers

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Washing cloth diapers doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt. Once you get into a routine and find the most convenient methods for your living space, it’s really not too difficult. It’s definitely worth the money saved and not having to run to the store for new diapers.

Previously, I talked about all the great benefits of cloth diapers, particularly using cotton terry squares. Now, I want to share with you how to keep them hygienic and stain-free.

How to wash cloth diapers

  1. Dump any solid poop into the toilet.
  2. Rinse off poop with cold water ASAP. There are many ways you can do this. With a hose outside, or blast it with the shower head. You can also put them in the washing machine on a cold rinse cycle, rinse them in the utility sink, a bucket, or whatever is convenient for you. You can do this with all soiled diapers at the end of the day.
  3. Depending when you plan to wash them, you may want to let the diapers dry out.
  4. Machine wash. Cold wash is best, hot water will set in stains. If you want them real clean, use this laundry powder recipe. You can wash the rinsed terry squares and covers together. You can also put other heavily soiled items with cloth diapers. The toweling will give other items a good scrub and make them cleaner.
  5. Add Tea Tree Oil to the machine wash if you’ve have problems with yeast or fungal infections.
  6. Line dry in the sun. Sunlight is a natural bleach and will keep your cloth diapers white and reduce staining. It will also kill bacteria and fungus.

Let me know if you have any other tips. Leave a comment and don’t forget to pin this article for later.


  1. Albertina
    April 20, 2019

    You make me want to try cloth nappies but I don’t think it will be easy as it sounds.

  2. Heriberto
    April 25, 2019

    Hi there! Such a great post, thanks!

  3. Ja
    July 18, 2019

    Thanks for great tips

  4. Kas
    July 18, 2019

    Wonderful article. Thanx

  5. Lila
    July 27, 2019

    Amazing tips thank you!

  6. Thea
    July 27, 2019

    Perfect! thx

  7. Rena
    July 27, 2019

    Thank you so much!

  8. Mew
    July 28, 2019

    Works great thank you!

  9. Opa
    July 28, 2019

    Great article and tips thank you

  10. Costume Looks
    August 28, 2019

    No matter what type of cloth diaper you use, they’ll need washing so you can use them over and over again. (In fact, new cloth diapers should be washed at least once before using, to increase their absorbency.)

  11. Donee
    September 10, 2019

    Thank you for these tips!


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