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How to Sanitize Your Cloth Diapers

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How to Sanitize your Cloth Diapers

Mother ease Blog Banner Sanitizing Cloth Diapers

Mother ease diapers are manufactured for commercial laundering purposes and are designed to withstand high washing and drying temperatures. This also includes the occasional sanitize bleach wash and if done properly will not harm your Mother ease diapers or elastics. 

There are a number of different reasons why you may choose to sanitize your cloth diapers. A few reasons may include lingering odor, stain removal, yeast infection, reoccurring rash, selling your cloth diapers, or storing between children.

Before you start to sanitize your diapers, be sure your cloth diapers are clean!

Top Load Washing Machine

1. Set your washing machine to a large load (highest water level) using HOT water. Run the hot water tap nearest to your machine prior to starting your washing machine to ensure hot water is already at the machine.

2. Fill the machine completely and add the following:

  1. 1 Cup of chlorine bleach
  2. The detergent manufacturer's recommended amount of detergent

3. Run the wash cycle for 10 seconds - to allow the bleach and detergent to disperse into the water.

4. Add your diapers and run a full wash cycle.

5. Once complete, run the diapers through another Rinse Cycle - this ensures all of the bleach has rinsed out.

6. Line dry or machine dry diapers on medium heat setting.

Front Load Washing Machine

1. Add your clean diapers to your washing machine.

2. If you have the option, set the machine to use the most amount of HOT water. Run the hot water tap nearest to your machine prior to starting your laundry machine. This ensures hot water is already at the machine.

3. Add the detergent manufacturers recommended amount of detergent to your detergent compartment.

4. Add ½ cup of chlorine bleach to your bleach compartment.

5. Run the machine through a long wash cycle.

6. Once complete, run the diapers through another Rinse Cycle - this ensures all of the bleach has completely rinsed out.

7. Line dry or machine dry diapers on medium heat setting.

*Note: 

  • Do not bleach your diaper covers.
  • Do not overfill your washing machine. We would recommend sanitizing 15-20 diapers at a time, depending on your machine size.

4 comments

  • Mother ease Cloth Diapers: August 08, 2019

    Hello Emma!

    We do not recommend constant use of bleach on your PUL covers, however, if you find the need to sanitize your AIO diaper, you can do so once or twice and should not have an issue with your cover.

  • Emma: August 08, 2019

    You say above not to bleach your covers but what if the cover is attached to the diaper – like an uno? Is it safe to use the sanitizing method above – including the bleach – for unos?

  • Mother ease Cloth Diapers: February 04, 2019

    Hello Tara!

    A minimum temperature of 60 is recommended to wash cloth diapers in order to kill the bacteria. You can wash your diapers at 90 degrees.

    If your washing machine has a sanitize cycle, you can use that as the water will be the hottest :)

  • Tara : February 04, 2019

    It says a HOT wash cycle. What is the highest recommended. 60 deg? Is 90 deg too hot for sanitise wash?

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