Huge Cloth Diaper Stash, Huge Downfall #Throwback

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.

Huge Cloth Diaper Stash, Huge Downfall (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

I considered this a huge cloth diaper stash once.

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.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. I wash every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday now. I have enough to go 3 days between wash though.

  2. my routine is to wash when I am out of covers my three year old cannot undo at night. which is about every other day. Our stash is pathetically small. Or rather, the diapers we use is a small amount. I rarely have everything all stuffed and put away. It sits in the laundry basket and I pull pieces as I need them.

  3. When I was just CDing my toddler, I would wash two times a week. Sometimes once a week, but then i was just grossed out by myself. WIth the newborn, I definitely don’t need to wash frequently, but I have to to use all the CUTE ones!

  4. I hate laundry!

  5. Oh, laundry… I don’t CD, but occasionally I do this with the blankets I use on my son’s changing table.

  6. We have a very micro mini stash (after we pretty much stopped using prefolds/covers and switched to pockets – I think I have 9 diapers in regular rotation, plus the not-so-frequently-used prefold stash), and I was just thinking about this. I wash every day! But in a small apartment *any* stink issues would be a deal breaker, so I guess it’s alright. Then again, if I had another couple of diapers, I wouldn’t complain!

  7. Haha! I don’t have a problem washing my diapers, I get behind in folding them to the point that I usually have 3 loads to fold by the time I actually do it.

  8. I have a large stash too. I don’t get behind on washing since I wash whenever my pail is full but I do get behind on folding/stuffing/putting them away. I find it to be a downfall if you have to strip your diapers since it takes forever when you have a large stash.

  9. Katelyn Wells says:

    I wish my stash was larger. I currently have 23 pockets. I have given a hand full away in order to convert some people (something i love and hate at the same time! ). I wash every 3 days with my 3 month old. I so want some more so i can start rotating.

  10. I have one baby and too big of a stash but I can’t resist. I hope I get pregnant soon so I can justify my ever growing stash!

  11. Mary Schuh says:

    I wash 12-18 diapers every other day. I would love to have your problem! My stash is still growing!

  12. Ashleigh Swerdfeger says:

    I try to wash every 2-3 days. My stash isn’t too large, but If I forgot to do a load, it can get pretty stinky. I think it is important to have a wash routine. That way, you can deal with stink issues and you don’t have to worry about the growth of mold. They definitely get folded and stuck in a laundry basket.

  13. Jennifer H says:

    While on mat leave I wash every day and line dry everything. Once I’m back at work it’ll probably be 2-3 times a week and line dry only the waterproof stuff.

  14. Lovely Light says:

    Funny story! I sometimes don’t wash enough because I only do cloth part-time, so I always have a disposable on hand! It hasn’t gotten too bad, no stinkiness yet, but you never know! I think your large stash is great! If you ever want to get rid of some, you should announce it on your blog!

  15. Thank you for sharing! I am going to be cloth diapering with baby #1, coming in the near future, and with being a teacher I am worried that I won’t be able to keep up with all the laundry! It’s nice to know other people are in the same boat.

  16. It is very difficult not to grow into such a huge stash. I have enough to go probably 4 days but I still wash every 3. I save the simpler ones for my babysitter while I use the rest.

  17. um….sounds like selling some now might be a good idea! I can’t imagine having that many, but I can see how I might get there if I don’t get rid of the ones I don’t LOVE.

  18. I sometimes go a long time between washes.. but when the pail gets full, I try to at least run it through a rinse in the washer, so at least I have a big wetbag of rinsed out diapers to avoid stinkies…

  19. Louise Chrobak O'Neil says:

    I’ve only got 15 diapers right now so we either wash every 2 days or we are in trouble. I sew my own— really need to get busy and make a few more…

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