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Should I Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to wash my Cloth Diapers?

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We know that some people shy away from cloth diapering systems for fear that keeping them clean will be a nightmare. But when you decide to use cloth, you are sure to get plenty of advice about the best way to wash them. If you are using cloth diapers, you’ve likely been told that the best way to clean them is with vinegar and baking soda. On the other hand, some people are concerned with how it reacts in the cleaning process. So what’s the answer? Should you use baking soda and vinegar to wash your cloth?

Vinegar

When we talk vinegar as a cleaning agent, we’re talking white vinegar, of course. It mainly consists of two elements, water and acetic acid. While it acts as a great natural cleaning agent, you do need to use caution when you use it in your laundry.

Advantages

Vinegar is great for use in laundry because it counters mineral build-up — its acidic properties dissolve minerals that are often found in hard water. It also acts as a natural fabric softener and is known to possess antibacterial properties and reduces urine odors and musty smells.

Caution!

If you are using vinegar, use it sparingly as it can damage cloth fibers. And while some elastics and laminates are created to last, even with the use of vinegar, some may not stand up to the acidity. Check with your manufacturer to make sure your cloth diapers can withstand vinegar before you use it.

Baking soda

For those chemists out there, baking soda is an alkaline mineral compound made of a sodium salt and carbonic acid (also known as sodium bicarbonate). It is often used in conjunction with vinegar to act as a cleaning agent.

Advantages

Baking soda is a great way to remove stains and reduce of odors. Like vinegar, baking soda also acts as an alternative to fabric softener.

Caution!

When you use baking soda, use it sparingly. And if you have bamboo rayon fabric, keep it away completely! Baking soda will break down the fibers of bamboo rayon back into its gooey unprocessed state.

Most importantly, when you invest in cloth diapers, make sure you fully understand the manufacturer’s washing instructions, recommendations and warranty. Some may recommend that you stay away from these products to protect your cloth diapers, but here’s a secret: If the diaper is made from suitable fabrics and elastic, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

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