Cloth Diaper Detergent – Does it Matter? (Diaper Advice)

“I don’t want to use some special cloth diaper detergent.  What if I just use whatever I have on hand?  Right now I think it’s Baby Purex.”

Don’t.  As much as I love using cloth diapers, a lot of people who want to don’t because of the initial start up investment.  I spent over $300 on diapers before my kid was even born, and that was with a volume discount.  I made the mistake of using Tide Free and Clear because the directions said that they were okay.  It took forever to get the stench out… and this was only after a month.  I was constantly stripping my diapers (without really knowing what I was doing) trying to get the stench out after I switched to a cloth diaper safe detergent.  I started using Country Save, and while my stinky cloth diapers didn’t stink any worse, they weren’t getting any better. [Read more…]

Diaper Laundry, New Stink, and Change (Diaper Advice)

Lately, I’ve seen a whole lot of posts on Facebook groups about cloth diaper laundry routine changes.  The posts are all the same.  Again and again.

“I just changed to x brand of laundry detergent and my diapers STINK!  They didn’t before.  What should I do?”Diaper Laundry, New Stink, and Change (Diaper Advice) - Cloth Diaper Addicts

I am a Rockin’ Green evangelist.  As far as I am concerned, Rockin’ Green is the best detergent out there.  A large portion of my local cloth diapering community agrees.  However, there’s one time that I will never recommend that someone try Rockin’ Green on their diaper laundry: when they have an effective cloth diaper laundry routine already. [Read more…]

Starting Cloth Diapers #schoolofcloth

I’m pretty sure we’ve all gone through this.  You’ve pondered.  You’ve looked over the pros and cons.  You’ve seen the adorable cute fluffy bums.  Then you take a deep breath and tell your partner that you’re considering starting cloth diapers.  The more you talk about starting cloth diapers, the more people look at you like you’ve sprouted two heads.school of cloth

Then you realize that starting cloth diapers can be confusing, overwhelming, and there’s a plethora of information out there.  Some of it contradicts each other, which makes it even harder. [Read more…]

Diaper Sprayer – A Useful Accessory

While perusing my local cloth diaper group, a question came up.  A member asked how a diaper sprayer works.  Since I think that my diaper sprayer is pretty much the greatest cloth diaper innovation since pocket diapers, it was a question that I was happy to answer.  [Read more…]

Is Cloth Diaper Detergent Build Up a Lie? (Diaper Advice)

Everyone has their own twists on how they do their diaper laundry.  Some are religious about timing, others are all about the extra water, and some feel that their detergent is what makes or breaks their diapers.  Recently, though, I came across a comment on a diaper laundry post about how cloth diaper detergent built up is a lie.

“Detergent build up is a *myth* there is absolutely no such thing as detergent build up. Do you strip your clothes on a regular basis? No? Hum… That’s funny. Because they’re made of the same materials… Weird right?” – Brittany Malone [Read more…]

Can I Mix & Match Cloth Diaper Inserts? (Diaper Advice)

Can I mix and match my cloth diaper inserts?

Cloth diaper inserts can make or break a diapering experience.  With that in mind, people frequently want to know if it’s okay to mix and match your cloth diaper inserts.

Like most bits of cloth diaper advice, it depends.Can I Mix & Match Cloth Diaper Inserts (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Cloth Diaper Inserts Size

It’s important to use cloth diaper inserts that fit.  I would never use an original FuzziBunz minky insert in a BumGenius diaper.  The minky inserts are just far too narrow.  The size difference is so great that it would be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway.  Because of the gap, the diaper would leak.  Badly.  Likewise, I wouldn’t try stuffing a BumGenius insert in an original FuzziBunz Elite, either.  The BumGenius diaper is so very wide that there’s no way it would fit comfortably.  You’d be forcing it in and your baby would end up with a weird, probably uncomfortable wrinkle under the bum.

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Washing Cloth Diapers with Baby Stuff? (Diaper Advice)

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. [Read more…]

Pocket Diapers as Diaper Covers? (Diaper Advice)

“Can I use pocket diapers as diaper covers?”

People who are just starting out with cloth often wonder about using pocket diapers as diaper covers.  After all, pocket diapers are cheap and plentiful and available in some really super cute patterns… but if we don’t have to use a new cover, then that can make using cloth diapers even more cost effective. [Read more…]

Cornstarch on Cloth Diapers? (Diaper Advice)

Lately, I’ve been seeing a question pop up a lot from cloth diapering moms.  Is it safe to use cornstarch on cloth diapers?

In a nutshell?  Yes.  But, as always, there are details, et cetera, to consider. [Read more…]

What are Microfleece Diaper Liners For? (Diaper Advice)

What’s the point of using those microfleece diaper liners?

Recently, I was asked why someone would use microfleece diaper liners in their cloth.  The reasons are plentiful.

Microfleece Diaper Liners Wick

If you’re using natural fiber diapers or some sort of fitted, you’ll find that they are not the most efficient at wicking away moisture.  Microfleece diaper liners wick away the moisture from baby’s bottom.  A dry bottom is less likely to be a rashy bottom. [Read more…]