Washing your cloth diapers shouldn't be overwhelming, but with all of the information out there it can seem like a daunting task. One of our favorite cloth diapering companies, Grovia, came up with the acronym SUDS and it's too good not to pass on to you! If you are planning on trying, just began or have been cloth diapering for years, this routine is the way to go for clean diapers and zero wasted time. We have better things to do than laundry.
S - Simple wash routine. Wash every two days with a hot or warm wash and an extra rinse. No soaking or watching for bubbles during the rinse cycle. Just throw them in and go play with your kiddo!
U - Use enough detergent. Use the FULL amount of detergent recommended on your detergent packaging. Eco friendly detergents are great but don't always clean really well. If you go with an eco friendly detergent pick a salt based one (not one with coconut or other plant oils as a main ingredient), and use enough. In fact, you may need to use a bit more than recommended.
D - Duration. Your diapers must be exposed to the proper concentration of detergent for at least 45 minutes to get fully clean. A 15 minute wash cycle won't cut it!
S - Stay away from additives. Baking soda, vinegar, boosters, essential oils etc. While when used seldomly won't harm your diapers, they are not good to use constantly. They can impede your detergent's cleaning ability, can cause rashes, and can ultimately ruin elastic and laminates. If you are adamant about using them, check with the manufacturer of your diaper first.
Being eco-friendly just got a little more simple.