I have discovered that there are downsides to having a huge cloth diaper stash. The biggest downside of all is cloth diaper laundry. Ideally, cloth diaper laundry should be done every two or three days to prevent bacteria from building up in the diapers. Clean and frequently washed diapers are the easiest way to avoid stinky cloth diapers.
I know this.
But here’s the thing: I have such a huge cloth diaper stash that I don’t have to wash diapers that frequently. I could go a week without washing and still have enough diapers in the drawer for another day.
That’s probably a little excessive.
It’s definitely more than a little gross.
I’ve made a solemn vow to myself that I will get back into the habit of washing diapers at least twice a week. Mondays and Fridays will be cloth diaper laundry days. Even if I don’t get around to stuffing and putting away my diapers for days on end, it’s not like it’s a huge deal. Having a huge cloth diaper stash means that I’ve got others to use and, really, it’s better that they be clean and languishing in a laundry basket in my basement than dirty and becoming stinky cloth diapers in need of stripping because I got lazy. I hate stripping diapers. It’s a huge pain that I can generally avoid as long as I maintain my really super awesomely effective cloth diaper laundry routine. And really, my routine does not (and should not) mean waiting a week to do laundry.
Besides, it’s not like my cloth diaper pail will actually hold a week’s worth of dirty stinky cloth diapers anyway. So I end up using my travel wet bags before I finally cave and do laundry. Really, really gross.
So, that’s it. No more laziness. It’s time to get back to taking good care of my investment so that I can continue to have fun with them. And I certainly need to take good care of them if I want them to be good for next baby to use (and for what I’ve spent on diapers, they’d better be!) and if I want to sell them when I’m done having babies in cloth or am ready to shrink down my stash.
What does your cloth diaper laundry routine look like?
Originally written September 12, 2011. Update: I think it’s so cute that I thought I had a huge cloth diaper stash back then. I know that I’ve at least doubled, possibly tripled that size of stash considering I had two in cloth at one point… and I’m currently attempting to cycle through all of my diapers. It’s been three weeks since I repeated, and I’m pretty sure I’ve got another couple of weeks worth of diapers that I’ve still not rotated through. And I really, truly think it’s adorable that I was having a hard time keeping up with laundry then. I’m now on a blissful three times a week washing routine: I wash on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, my diapers do still languish, clean and unstuffed, in the laundry room for days on end. No rush. I’ve got others to use until I get around to it.