Mommas! Have you done any spring cleaning this year? I’m not usually a very good spring cleaner, but one thing I’ve learned is that it’s a great time to do some extra maintenance on your cloth diapers. If your diapers are a little dingy, but not quite ready to be stripped, you can do a few different things that are way less complicated, but still helpful to your diapering process.
Give them a little sun
Now that the sun is out and the weather is warming up, after you get your diapers washed, before they are dry put them in the sun. The sun acts as a natural bleach on your diapers (and other wet laundry actually). If you’ve got stains on your diapers, or other organic stains on your clothes, just hang them outside to help deal with the stains, any funky smells that may be lingering, and also kill bacteria. The sun is the most valuable (free) addition to your wash routine for this spring!
Use a little laundry booster
You can always grab a bag of GroVia Mighty Bubbles or a pack of RLR Laundry Treatment. Without doing an entire diaper stripping process, you can always grab a single packet of these to use as a booster. After you wash your diapers as usual, run an extra hot main wash with just one packet of RLR or GroVia diaper pod.
Make sure your washing machine is clean
If you don’t regularly clean your washing machine, be sure to get that done! Theoretically you should be cleaning it monthly, believe it or not! I’d never heard of cleaning a washing machine before I got a new washer and it had a cleaning cycle. So, I did a little research, and especially when doing cloth diapers, you’re going to want to make sure you clean your machine regularly. You can use some affresh, or you can follow this simple tutorial and do it yourself.
Using these suggestions will help you deal with any diaper problems that may have developed over the winter and let you be ready for the next season of diapering.
Jenny Ditch lives in Illinois and loves sunning diapers when the weather is nice.