Of course! Whether you are using a laundromat because you are taking cloth diapers on your vacation this year or because you don’t have your own washer and dryer at home, there is really little difference between how you would wash there, from how you would wash at home. There are various ways to prepare cloth diapers before you go.
Storing Dirty Cloth Diapers
Before we get into the nitty-gritty about washing your cloth diapers, we need to talk about what happens before that. Storing your cloth diapers with the correct method can save you a lot of time and heartache.
- Dry Pail: The dry pail method is the most common method used for storing modern cloth diapers. Diapers are stored in a dry, waterproof bag. These bags are normally a liner placed inside a trash can or pail and sometimes are hung by themselves on the wall or the back of a door. Unlike with wet storage, in this method, diapers are placed directly into the bag after any stool has been removed from the diapers. This makes a lot less work for you because you aren’t changing the water each day. But what if you’re traveling? Traveling with cloth diapers doesn’t have to be a nightmare. There are many dry storage bags available online that can keep several cloth diapers while on the road.
- Wet Pail: We would not recommend using wet pails as a storage system for dirty diapers. This is because they tend to breed a high volume of bacteria and may even be a drowning risk for small children. Also, they smell very bad and the water needs to be changed daily.
Here is a simple and affordable wash routine you can use to clean your diapers at the laundromat:
- When wash day comes, take your rinsed cloth diapers to the Laundromat. You can run the diaper covers and cloth diapers together or keep them in separate loads for washing. After the wash cycle is complete, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for how they should be dried.
- Wash the load in one entire cycle using the amount of detergent recommended for a heavily soiled load. The first wash should be on Cold/Cold. This wash is more of a rinse and you don’t need to add any detergent. Think of it as preparation for the cleaning to come. This intensive rinse also helps remove the remaining poop before the real washing begins.
- Wash the load again for one entire cycle using the amount of detergent recommended for a heavily soiled load. The second wash should be on Hot/Cold with the recommended amount of detergent.
How Do I Dry My Cloth Diapers?
Another debate you might hear going around the cloth diapering community is whether or not to put your diapers in the dryer. Generally, PUL is safe at high heat and can withstand the heat of a dryer. The only thing you really have to pay attention to is making sure you don’t stretch the elastic while the diaper is still hot, as this could cause permanent stretching. While today’s diapers are heavy-duty, some play it safe and air-dry them to make sure no damage is done to the PUL or elastic. You should also avoid using dryer sheets as the residue from the sheets can transfer to your diapers and reduce their function. There is an upside to air drying — if you’re doing so outside, the sun can help to bleach your diapers and get rid of any stains.
What Are The Benefits Of Cloth Diapering?
Modern cloth diapers are nowhere near the sheets of cloth and metal clamps our mothers used in the past. Instead, these reusable diapers have a shell that looks and functions like a regular diaper. Inside these waterproof shells are inserts that are commonly made of a combination of fibers, making them highly absorbent. And it doesn’t hurt that modern cloth diapers also come in irresistibly gorgeous designs!
Here are some cloth diapering benefits:
- Cloth diapers cost less.
- Cloth diapers are better for the environment.
- Cloth diapers are better for your baby’s health.
- Cloth diapers may help make toilet training easier.
- Cloth diapers look a lot more adorable!
Cloth diapers may mean an extra load of laundry and using them may be an extra step to your daily routine. But with the life-changing benefits that using cloth diapers offers, this option is definitely the more rewarding one.
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24 Hr Meadowthorpe Laundromat is a self-serve coin laundry, with a variety of washing and drying options. We have large capacity equipment, perfect for blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, and more. We are owned and operated by a Meadowthorpe resident and have better washers and more drying capacity than ever before. We offer customers a clean, safe, and dependable place to get their laundry clean. We also have Free WiFi, snacks, drinks, and laundry supplies available for your convenience.