Is washing cloth diapers okay with my baby clothes?
Most of the questions that I see about fluff generally pertain to washing cloth diapers. When it comes to washing cloth diapers, we all have our own routines. The basic gist, though, is “cold or warm pre-wash cycle, extra long hot wash, double rinse.” With that in mind, there are plenty of reasons to avoid washing cloth diapers with baby clothes… and the rare exception where I would.
I started with a long, drawn out, possibly confusing answer about washing cloth diapers for first use with baby clothes. In a nutshell? Yes, it’s okay. However, there are a few caveats. The detergent must be cloth diaper safe. If you’ve got your heart set on using Dreft, then don’t add your cloth diapers to the wash. If you’ve got beautiful, soft, squishy organic bamboo baby clothes, don’t wash it with your synthetic cloth diapers. Really, though, in order to avoid all of those caveats, I would not bother. Sure, your cloth diapers won’t be ruined, but let’s start your brand new fluff out with best practices in order to keep your diapers in great shape for years to come.
Different Wash Routines Required
There are a ton of reasons that I didn’t wash baby clothes with cloth diapers. For one, a cloth diaper laundry routine is significantly more intense than a standard baby clothes routine. My cloth diapers take about two hours to wash. Baby clothes took about 40 minutes because I’d wash them in cold on the gentle cycle. You’d have to adjust your baby clothes to fit your cloth diaper laundry instead of your cloth diaper laundry to your baby clothes. I don’t think that baby clothes will stand up to repeated two hour hot wash cycles when they’re pretty soft and gentle. Additionally, you’ll probably end up with a lot more stains since some of those stain treaters are no good for your cloth diapers.
Between the different temperature requirements, the length of washing, the stain treatment limitations, the detergent restrictions and the dryer sheet bans, I don’t encourage washing cloth diapers and baby clothes together. Exceptions: I have been known to wash Norton’s jeans with diapers after he has an accident.
Have you tried washing cloth diapers and baby clothes together? How did it go?
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