The MGF Guide for Cleaning Cloth Diapers

A large portion of our members are busy moms and dads dedicated to making their homes a safer place. While traditional detergents may be powerful stain removers, they’re often packed with harsh chemical ingredients known to irritate the skin, sinuses, and respiratory system – especially in babies and small children. 

For the parents out there who have survived a cloth diaper blowout, it will come as no surprise that one of the most common questions we get is:

“Can MyGreenFills clean cloth diapers?”

 

…In a word: Yes! 

We’ve developed a go-to method for safely cleaning, sanitizing, and stripping cloth diapers. It’s the very same method that the mamas on the MyGreenFills team use, and we wanted to share it with you!

 

STEP 1: PRE-WASH

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Soiled Cloth Diapers
  • 1 cap MyGreenFills Laundry Wash
  • 1 cap MyGreenFills Laundry Rinse
  • Cold Water
  • 1 itty bitty scoop of MyGreenFills Enzyme Stain Remover

Directions:

  1. Discard solids before placing soiled diapers into the pail. (This should be done immediately after a diaper change.)
  2. Put soiled diapers in the wash.
  3. Add the Laundry Wash, Rinse, and Enzyme Stain Remover.
  4. Set the washer to COLD and pre-wash.

 

STEP 2: HEAVY DUTY WASH (for heavy duty doody)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Soiled Cloth Diapers
  • 1 cap MyGreenFills Laundry Wash
  • 1 cap MyGreenFills Laundry Rinse
  • Hot Water
  • 1 itty bitty scoop of MyGreenFills Enzyme Stain Remover

Directions:

  1. Once your pre-wash has finished, shake out the diapers and return them to the wash.
  2. Add the Laundry Wash, Rinse, and Enzyme Stain Remover.
  3. Set washer to HOT and run the Heavy Duty wash setting.
  4. Once they’ve finished washing, hang all diaper covers out to dry and throw the rest in the dryer on a warm tumble setting. (Or, to be extra eco-friendly, hang everything to dry!)
  5. If you notice any lingering stains, rewash with OxyBoost and/or place in the sun for a natural bleaching effect.

 


QUICK TIPS

  • For very hard water, we do not recommend adding any additional rinse cycles as it can cause buildup on cloth diapers. White vinegar also helps to soften and deodorize fabrics.
  • To avoid ammonia buildup, wash cloth diapers frequently (about every 2 days).
  • We recommend unscented Wash and Rinse for cloth diapers, as our unscented products have a higher concentration of Citric Acid, which is great at neutralizing ammonia compounds. (Ammonia is the primary cause of diaper funk!)
  • Enzyme stain remover is important to this process, as it helps breakdown stains and odors.
  • For stubborn stains, try adding OxyBoost in a hot wash for an extra boost of clean.

 

Extra funky diapers got you down?

We recommend stripping your cloth diapers occasionally to release excessive stains and odors.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cap MyGreenFills Laundry Wash
  • 3 scoops of MyGreenFills Enzyme Stain Remover
  • 3 Tablespoons Calgon
  • 3 Tablespoons Borax
  • 3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
  • HOT, HOT, HOT Water

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bathtub or washing sink and mix for even distribution.
  2. Place clean cloth diapers into the mixture to soak.
  3. Allow diapers to sit for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
  4. Remove the diapers and place them in the washing machine for a regular wash cycle.
  5. Dry diaper inserts in the dryer or hang to dry. (Always hang dry cloth covers!)

 

Do you have any special tips or tricks for cleaning cloth diapers?

Tell us about them in the comments below!

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