Today I’m joining Christian Mommy Blogger and The Purposed Heart in a mini cloth diaper series. I was asked to share my cloth diaper routine, and since we’ve already been talking about cloth diapering around here, I readily agreed!
I hope to give you an overview of what cloth diapering looks like for us day-to-day.
Although it looks mostly the same each day, there are days when diapers stack up on the changing table, poop never gets flushed, and diapers get forgotten in the washer.
However, below is what it’s “supposed” to look like each day.
What I am working with…
We have assortment of diapers – bumGenius, FuzziBunz, and Kawaii. They are all one-size pocket diapers, which I adore! We have 18 in rotation right now, which means I wash every other day. I can go every third day, but I don’t like letting them sit that long. Just a preference.
Where I keep my clean diapers …
I like to keep my diapers stuffed and stacked in the top drawer of our changing table.
Here, why don’t I just show you …
Where I keep my dirty diapers …
Once I have changed Samuel’s diaper, I sit him in the floor of his room while I take the dirty diaper across the hall into the bathroom. We keep our diaper pail in the bathroom beside the toilet.
If it’s poop, I dump the contents into the toilet and flush. Since I use cloth wipes, I will sometimes use the wipe to knock the poop off if it’s being particularly ornery. I do not dip or rinse in any way. Whatever doesn’t come off gets dropped in the pail and left for the washing machine to take care of. That’s what I pay her for.
Then, regardless of how it’s soiled, I remove the inserts, and put down my laundry tabs if it’s a hook and loop system. I toss everything into my pail including my cloth wipes.
Don’t forget to wash your hands.
Note:I found that keeping my pail in the bathroom is easiest for us. When I kept it in Samuel’s room, I had to walk the poop to the toilet, back to his room to put the diaper in the pail, then back to the bathroom to wash up. This seemed silly to me. So I just moved the pail to save a little time.
How I wash my diapers…
On wash day, I grab my pail and take it to the laundry room. I dump the contents into the washing machine. Easy-peasy!
I use Charlie’s Soap for detergent – about 1/8 a cup. I do my first wash on hot cycle with an extra rinse. If it’s a particularly dirty load, I will send them through another short cycle on cold without detergent. I do this most days anyways, but skip this last rinse if I’m in a hurry.
How I dry my diapers…
In the warmer months, we hang everything out to dry on the clothesline. I absolutely love line dried diapers! Plus, I’ve noticed that it keeps “the smell” at bay.
In the cooler months when we have less sunlight, I stick all my diapers in the dryer on low heat. It’s not my preferred method for drying, especially with finicking hook and loop diapers. I would rather hang them on a drying rack and let them air dry.
However, that takes much longer since my laundry room is out in the garage without heat. So, right now, I dry on the lowest setting for the shortest time possible.
How I stuff my diapers …
I usually bring my diapers in from the dryer after Samuel’s just woken up from a nap. We’ll sit and talk and giggle while I stuff the diapers in his bedroom floor.
Here’s how I stuff my diapers.
And I think that about covers it (no pun intended, get it?)!
Cloth Diaper Wipes Baby Wash Recipe
- 3 cups warm water
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil (or scent of your choice)
- 3 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil
- 2 T castille soap
1. Combine all ingredients in a pint size mason jar. Give it a shake.
2. Pour into a small spray bottle and refill as needed.
Don’t forget to check out Christian Mommy Blogger’s Cloth Diapering the How Part and The Purposed Heart’s Different Types of Diapers (and she personally uses) for more information on cloth diapering routines!
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