Bleach Soak Cloth Diapers? I’ll Pass

Let’s be realistic: the bleach soak for cloth diapers controversy has been done and redone a million times.  There are people who will bleach soak their cloth diapers on a monthly basis and “never have an issue.”  So I’m not going to tell you that if you bleach soak cloth diapers they’re going to burst into flames.  They won’t.

But I’m not going to tell you that your diapers will always be perfectly perfect after you bleach soak cloth diapers.  That would be a lie. [Read more…]

Bleach that Fluff (Green Eggs & Ham Filk)

Frequently, I see some cloth diapering advice floating around that makes me cringe.  Sure, there’s a lot of variables whenever giving out advice.  I’m also a firm believer that there is no One True Way in cloth diapering… and anyone who insists otherwise is either lying or delusional.  Either way, I find that mentality to be bad for the cloth diapering community.

Rather than write a diatribe about how I hate suggestions to just use bleach or suggest that every time you bleach a cloth diaper, a unicorn’s horn falls off, I’m going to tackle it Dr. Seuss style.  I bring you Strip that Fluff.

Fluff that bleach… Bleach that fluff…

Why bleach that fluff?
Why bleach that fluff?
I do not like to bleach that fluff.

Would you bleach it here or there?
I would not bleach them here or there.
I would not bleach them anywhere.

Would you bleach them in a box?
Would you bleach them with your socks?

I would not bleach them in a box.
I would not bleach them with my socks.

I would not bleach them here or there.
I would not bleach them anywhere.

I would not bleach my precious stuff.
I will not ever bleach that fluff.

Would you bleach them for a plague?
Would you bleach for causes vague?

I would not bleach them in a plague.
I would not bleach for causes vague.

I would not bleach them in a box.
I would not bleach them with my socks.

I would not bleach them here or there.
I would not bleach them anywhere.

I would not bleach my precious fluff.
I will not ever bleach that fluff.

Would you bleach them on the run?
Would you bleach them just for fun?

I would not bleach them on the run.
I would not bleach them just for fun.

I would not bleach them in a plague.
I would not bleach for causes vague.

I would not bleach them in a box.
I would not bleach them with my socks.

I would not bleach them here or there.
I would not bleach them anywhere.

I would not bleach my precious fluff.
I will not ever bleach that fluff.

Would you bleach them to be white?
Would you bleach them in the night?

I would not bleach them to be white.
I would not bleach them in the night.

I would not bleach them in a plague.
I would not bleach for causes vague.

I would not bleach them in a box.
I would not bleach them with my socks.

I would not bleach them here or there.
I would not bleach them anywhere.

I would not bleach my precious fluff.
I will not ever bleach that fluff.

Would you bleach them on the run?
Would you bleach them just for fun?

I would not bleach them on the run.
I would not bleach them just for fun.

I would not bleach them in a plague.
I would not bleach for causes vague.

I would not bleach them in a box.
I would not bleach them with my socks.

I would not bleach them here or there.
I would not bleach them anywhere.

I would not bleach my precious fluff.
I will not ever bleach that fluff.

So you will not bleach them, you say?
Try it!  Try it and you may!

If I bleach my whole fluff crop…
If I bleach them will you stop?

*sigh*

Bleach that Fluff - A Fluffy Green Eggs & Ham (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

My diapers are all full of doom!
You really ought to leave the room!

Now I’ve finally bleached my fluff,
I’m all raging, in a huff.

My diapers now have ugly holes.
My diapers are now fit for voles.

My once pristine fluff is now done.
Cloth diapering is no longer fun

I’m feeling really, really sad.
The results are very, very bad.

I wish I’d never bleached my fluff.
Now I’m really in a huff.

I should not have ever bleached my fluff.
I never should have used that stuff.

Okay, so are the results always this dire?  No, of course not.  There are people out there who have used bleach with great results.  However, there are also people who have used bleach and had it eat away at things.  At the end of the day, if you want to bleach your fluff, do it.  It’s your fluff.  It’s your kid’s duff.  But that being said, if you’re going to advise someone else to do it, make sure that you’re also making it clear that the results may not be what you’re hoping for.  And remember, too, that you’re giving advice that can void warranties and ruin diapers.  For a family that cannot afford to replace them if they are ruined, it’s a huge disservice.

Above all, though, remember that there is no One True Way.  Not even when it comes to bleach.

Have you ever used bleach on your fluff?  To what end?

Cloth Diaper Laundry and Bleach

Would you use this on your fluff?

Getting your cloth diaper laundry routine just right is a very personal thing.  There are a lot of factors that can influence the perfect cloth diaper laundry routine: water type, washing machine, number of diapers washed, the type of diapers, your kid’s deposits, and how you handle those kid’s deposits.  That’s just for the normal stuff.  Then there are the other things that come up.

Sometimes, I see a post in a group or community that suggests that one use bleach on cloth diapers.  I wince when I see that.  You see, using bleach on cloth diapers depends entirely on a few things.  (I’m realizing that “It depends” is a common answer when one is first using cloth diapers.  How maddening for the beginner or the curious!) [Read more…]