It’s been almost 3 weeks now that we’ve been full time cloth diapering. I’d like to get some feedback on what my washing trends are to see if I am doing anything wrong. Please feel free to enlighten me with something I should be doing differently.
We’ve found (with having two boys in diapers) that we’ve pretty much had to do laundry on a daily basis. We certainly have our favorite brands and our least favorite brands picked out <which I’ll soon reveal…> but, we only have 5 of those diapers… and both of us are constantly reaching for THAT diaper.
Plus we have only 3 night time diapers and covers– and two good inserts for the three diapers. So, I have to wash those at least, otherwise I know I’ll wake up with a soggy baby.
Either way, doing laundry daily still leaves me with about 15 diapers per wash depending on how many diapers Andrew ends up wearing. At home he is usually bare-bottomed now because he’s potty trained that way. But if we have to go out, and for nap time and bed time – he is wearing a diaper. I’d estimate Ethan wears at least 7-9 diapers per day… we’re getting better at changing him more frequently, but we’re not there yet.
We have a nice top-loading HE washer.
I have programmed a setting on my washer for the diapers where it gives a soak first, and then washes on hot with the heavy soiled and high spin cycle, and then an extra rinse at the end. For a grand total of nearly 2 hours for a washing.
I use about 1/2 the amount of plain liquid tide that is normal. I also have some Rockin’ Green powder – but I’ve noticed that the tray that you put the powder in gets clumpy – so I’m not sure I’m thrilled yet.
I’ve been brave and sniffing several diapers from each load of laundry after it’s gone through. Only once have I had to put a load through the washer more than once (and that was a very full load plus lots of poopy diapers).
Most of the diapers I throw in the dryer – I put it on ‘towels’ which is a sensor setting and ends as things are starting to get dry. Then I hang the not fully dried ones on a rack, which I have been moving in and out of the house depending on the weather. It sits in my dining room currently. I’ll put them outside if its sunny to sun them a bit.
If I’m in a hurry – I just put them on a Medium Setting in the dryer for 60 minutes. Most diapers come out dry after this. a few of the hemp inserts are not totally dry after this – but hanging them works.
There was a few days where I was actually just hanging them to dry fully – but then I started running out of diapers all together – which wasn’t good. I feel like I have SO many diapers – but they’re just being changed so often that I am needing to do laundry daily. However, I also would like the diapers to last – so we can pass them on to someone else or sell them.
What’s your laundry routine? How many diapers a day are you going through? How many night time diapers do you have?