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Cloth Diapering 101: “How do I prevent and remove stains?”


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When you decide to cloth diaper, you will quickly realize just how great it is — that is, if you weren’t already convinced. But when you invest in a set of cloth diapers intended to get you through most, if not all, of your baby’s time in diapers, it can be frustrating to find stains. You want your diapers to look as cute as the day you bought them, and luckily there are a few ways to prevent stains from setting in your cloth and to remove them when you do find them.

How to Prevent Stains

When it comes to keeping your diapers in great condition, stain prevention is key. To stop stains before they start, there are a few things you can do:

Rinse immediately

When you have a particularly dirty diaper, rinse it immediately. Before you toss your soiled diaper into the wet bag or diaper pail, make sure you remove as much poop as possible with cold water.

Pre-rinse in the wash machine

Of course, you will want to run your dirty diapers in a hot water wash when it’s time to do a load of laundry. But, to prevent stubborn stains from setting, you can use a pre-rinse cycle on cold first. Add a small amount of detergent to help lift the stain and help start the cleaning process.

Use liners

If you just don’t want to deal with the possibility of stains on your adorable diapers, you can use flushable diaper liners to avoid getting anything directly on the diaper. Once soiled you simply flush the liner and use a new one, making cloth diapering even easier.

How to Remove Stains

Sometimes, no matter what you do, stains will happen. If you find a stubborn stain that just won’t budge, don’t worry, you can get your diaper looking like new with a few tried and true tricks:

Sun your diapers

After you wash your diapers, lay the clean, wet cloth in the sun and let the light do the work. Sunning your diapers is a great way to bleach them naturally and effectively!

Lemon juice

Sometimes sunning may not do the trick, so if the stain is still there after a few hours in the sun, try pre-treating the stain with some lemon juice. Simply spray the juice on the stain and then putting the diaper back in the sun.

Stain fighting products

If you have chosen cloth diapers, chances are you did so because you are opting for a chemical-free, healthier diaper system. If you have some particularly stubborn stains, try an all-natural stain remover that will be sure to get the stain out.

Don’t let the fear of dingy diapers stop you from choosing cloth over disposables. If you care for your cloth diapers properly, you can keep them looking new for a long time — you will even be able to use them when the next little one comes along!


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