If you're like most parents, you're probably looking for ways to save money. One great way to do this is by using cloth diapers. Not only are they more affordable in the long run, they're also better for the environment. But if you're not sure how to store them, you may end up wasting money on unnecessary supplies.
There are a few things to consider when choosing how to store your cloth diapers, including space, laundry routine, and budget--you'll need to find a way to store them that works for you and your family. In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to store cloth diapers so that you can keep them in good condition and use them for as long as possible!
Storage for Day-to-Day Use
You want to keep your diaper stash close at hand, but make sure to keep them in a dry area of the house like a linen or clothes closet. Avoid storing them in a bathroom or basement (too much moisture) or in the attic (too much heat). You don't want them exposed to temperature fluctuations or they could begin to mold or yellow.
It is recommended that you store them in a breathable container (drawer, lidded basket, shelf) or inside of a linen bag or even a cotton pillowcase and not inside an airtight plastic tote. If you live in a humid climate, you may want to consider using a dehumidifier in your storage area. Keeping your stash dry but with plenty of air circulation is the key.
Do not use scented products, such as perfumed detergents or fabric softeners, on cloth diapers. These can cause irritation or skin problems for your baby. Another important tip is to avoid using harsh chemicals on your cloth diapers. This includes bleach and fabric softeners, as these can damage the fibers of the diaper and make them less effective. Instead, opt for gentle detergents that are designed for use with delicate fabrics.
Always thoroughly wash cloth diapers before storing them. This will help to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. allow them to air dry completely before putting them away. Some parents even run then through additional washing and drying cycles before long term storage to make sure they are totally clean and dry.
Also, it's important to remember that cloth diapers should be washed regularly. This will help to remove any build-up of bacteria or other materials that could cause them to smell bad or become less effective down the line. Aim to wash your cloth diapers every two to three days.
Before You Wash--Blast Diapers With a Bidet
Parents who use cloth diapers know that smell can be a big issue. No one wants their house to smell like dirty diapers, and no one wants their baby's bottom to be constantly exposed to bacteria. That's why it's important to rinse cloth diapers with a sprayer bidet before wash day. By rinsing the diapers, you remove any solid waste that has been deposited in them. This not only helps to prevent odor, but it also helps to keep your baby's bottom clean and free of bacteria.
Additionally, rinsing the diapers before you wash them helps to prolong their life. By removing the solid waste before you put them in the diaper pail, you prevent the fabric from being damaged by the washing cycle. As a result, you end up saving money in the long run by not having to replace your diapers as often.
Handheld sprayer bidets are inexpensive and easy to install. You can quickly hook them up to your existing toilet and just spray the diaper waste right into the toilet bowl and flush it away.
Before You Wash--Let the Air Get In There
One of the most important things to keep in mind when storing cloth diapers before you wash them is that you need them to air out. Cloth diapers need to have air circulation in order to prevent bacteria growth. This might sound counterintuitive, but do NOT keep them in an airtight container as this will cause mildew and actually make odors worse.
Instead, you should store them in a well-ventilated container so they can get some air circulation. It makes sense to think that completely closing them off will keep the smell away, you need airflow! A pail with a lid that seals tight will not allow for air to circulate and will cause the diapers to smell. It is best to use a pail with a lid that has holes in it or to leave the lid off completely.
You can also add a liner to the pail that has holes in it. The liner will still allow for air circulation while keeping the diapers contained. If you use a diaper pail without adequate air circulation, you will likely find that your diapers start to smell bad quickly before wash day. This is due to the bacteria that naturally forms on soiled fabrics. Air circulation is necessary in order to keep the bacteria from growing out of control and causing an unpleasant odor. The more airflow you have in your storage container, the longer the diapers can go before washing.
In conclusion, cloth diapers can be a great option for parents who want to save money and reduce their environmental impact. They can also be convenient and easy to use if you have the right storage system in place. By following these tips, you can make sure that your cloth diapers are stored safely and efficiently, so you can enjoy all of the benefits they offer.
Q1. How Do I Pack Away Cloth Diapers for Long-Term Storage?
- Wash them with plain ol' hot water. Wash all the diapers to store away in a hot wash cycle without any detergent.
- Put the diapers through an extra dryer cycle.
- Use sturdy, dry storage containers.
- Store them in a temperature consistent place.
Q2. How do you store your cloth diapers?
Place in a cool, dry location. This could be in a bedroom closet or under a bed (this tends to be a dustier location, just something to keep in mind). Stay away from attics (extreme heat) or basements (moisture). When you are ready to use cloth diapers again, go ahead and wash them as usual and use.
Q3. How long can cloth diapers sit before washing?
How often should I wash my baby's cloth diapers? You don't want to let the diapers sit too long, as that can result in odor, stains, and mildew, and impact the diaper's absorbency. Generally, we recommend washing a load of cloth diapers every two or three days.
Q4. Do you have to wash cloth diapers after every use?
No matter what type of cloth diaper you use, they'll need washing so you can use them over and over again. (In fact, new cloth diapers should be washed at least once before using, to increase their absorbency.)