Spring Cleaning for Cloth Diaper Users
Hey Y’all, It’s Erin!
Welcome to Week 3 of the Spring Cleaning Series.
This post is specifically focused on spring cleaning for cloth diaper users.
We’ll be diving deeper into the areas that cloth diapering parents will want to be sure to add to their spring cleaning checklist.
Each area will have an all natural option that you can use for cleaning purposes, but also feel free to use any of your favorite cleaning products in substitution for the suggestions I give!
Let’s start with the machine that cleans your diapers.
Your washing machine is an extremely important part of your wash routine. Therefore, it’s super important that you take the time to clean it!
Start by wiping the whole thing down inside and outside with an all purpose cleaner.
You can make your own multi purpose cleaner by mixing ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, 2 cups of water and drops of your favorite essential oil and put the mixture into a spray bottle.
I prefer to use the Lil Helper Bamboo Cloth Wipes for the scrub down.They’re thick and do a good job cleaning everything up.
Be sure to wipe the inside of the lid and all the paddles on the agitator (if top loading) and the in the crevices of the front loading washer opening.
After you’ve given it a nice scrub, you’re going to run a clean cycle.
Fill the washer up with hot water on the largest setting. Add 3 cups of vinegar (or you can use bleach) and let the washer run through the cycle with nothing in the drum.
After the cycle is complete, be sure to leave the door open so that all the water can evaporate out. This will help prevent mold and mildew!
Not all cloth diaper users utilize the dryer as a part of their wash routine. That’s totally fine, and in fact, this will be addressed later in the post.
However, spring cleaning of the dryer is important for cleaning and for safety.
To start cleaning your dryer, you’ll want to unplug it and pull it away from the wall.
Use this as an opportunity to vacuum lint and debris that have accumulated around the appliance.
The silver duct behind the dryer needs to be checked for clogs and should be vacuumed out as well. They sell special attachments specifically for cleaning this duct.
You’ll want to pull the lint trap out of the dryer to be cleaned and dried.
Vacuum out the area where the lint trap came. You’ll be amazed at how much extra lint accumulates there! There are also attachments that you can buy to clean this area.
Use your all purpose cleaner to wipe down in the inside and outside of your dryer the same way you did with the washer!
The area that you spray your diapers is mostly likely going to get attention more frequently because of how often poop is getting splattered in that spot.
This could look a little different depending on your spray set up.
I spray my diapers into the toilet using a SprayPal and attachment to the toilet.
If your system is completely different from this set up, try to apply the principles I’m going for here!
I start with my SprayPal. Even trying to rinse the whole container with water after each spray, it still accumulates gunk.
I use the all purpose spray and scrub the whole thing down.
Then, I use the same solution to clean the attachment to the toilet. I make sure to wipe down the head of the sprayer (where the water comes out) and the hose connecting it to the toilet.
After both accessories are cleaned, I make sure to thoroughly clean the toilet.
The outside of the toilet will need to be scrubbed. After this is done, use toilet cleaner to clean the inside of the bowl.
The last area of spring cleaning for cloth diaper users is stain treatments.
Liners, covers, wipes and inserts all get stains over the course of use.
Our charcoal inserts are dark and help prevent staining by design. YAY! And we sell dark colored liners for extra protection of your inserts.
However, if you have one of the lighter colored bamboo inserts or wipes he best way to treat stains is by getting the item straight into sunlight.
Even though it’s effective to put them in direct sunlight inside, spring is an exciting time to take our stuff outside to dry with the sun shining and wind blowing.
If you want an extra boost for your sunning, create a spray that is ½ lemon juice, ½ water and spray it on the stains. With this spray added to the time in the sun, it’ll help lift those stains even more.
Don’t go over more than 2-4 hours outside in the sun though, as it could damage the diapers. And if you’re living in an extremely hot area, it’s advisable to cut that time down to closer to the hour mark.
If you’re not feeling the sun, you can add vinegar to a spray bottle, and then spray the stains before washing in your regular wash routine.
Mohammed gave some great advice about how to cure cloth diaper stains as well 😉