Mother, like this the right way to wash cloth diapers

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Mother, like this the right way to wash cloth diapers
Mother, like this the right way to wash cloth diapers

Washing cloth diapers should not be done carelessly, OK, Bun. Apart from hygiene factors, washing in an improper way can reduce absorption and even damage the fabric. Therefore, it is important for mothers to know how to wash cloth diapers properly and correctly

The use of cloth diapers may be rarely glimpsed by some mothers because they are considered impractical. In fact, cloth diapers actually save costs because they can be washed and used again. In addition, this type of diaper is also considered safer because it is free from chemicals that can irritate baby's skin.

Mother, this is how to wash cloth diapers right - Alodokter
Mother, this is how to wash cloth diapers right - Alodokter

The Right Steps for Washing Cloth Diapers

Mom really needs to spend more time washing and drying cloth diapers before being put back on by the Little One. Cloth diapers must be washed in a good and correct way so that they remain durable and free from bacteria that can spread to the baby's skin.

Before washing cloth diapers, you should first read the washing instructions listed on the cloth label. The reason is, each type of fabric has a different washing method. But generally, how to wash cloth diapers can be done in the following ways:

1. Separating cloth diapers that have feces in them and those that don't

Do not mix cloth diapers that have feces or baby feces on them with other laundry. This is to avoid bacterial contamination of the feces. So it's best to use a separate bucket to wash cloth diapers that have feces on them, yes, Bun.

If cloth diapers are only exposed to the urine of the Little One, Mother can wash them together with other laundry.

2. Dispose of feces in cloth diapers

Before washing with soap, you need to get rid of the feces in cloth diapers by watering them until the feces are completely gone. If cloth diapers are lined with disposable liners, you only need to lift the liner from the diaper. After that, the feces from the liner can be dumped into the toilet and the liner is thrown into the trash.

3. Soaking cloth diapers

To help remove stains on cloth diapers, you can soak the diapers for a few hours before washing them. Instead, soak cloth diapers only with water, yes. Adding detergent or bleach can actually damage the fabric.

However, make sure again how the washing instructions are written on the fabric label. If it says dry-pailing on the label, it means that the cloth diaper should not be soaked in water before washing.

4. Washing diapers with detergent

Washing cloth diapers can be done by hand or by washing machine. However, cloth diapers that are exposed to feces should be washed by hand to make them cleaner.

If you use a washing machine, you can set the water temperature to 60°C. But if you wash by hand, you can add warm water to the laundry, yes. This is done to eradicate bacteria and fungi that may be attached to the fabric.

Avoid using detergents that contain fragrances to reduce the risk of skin irritation for your little one. Mothers can consider using special baby detergents that contain ingredients with mild formulations.

In addition, you should avoid using fabric softener when washing baby diapers, yes. Fabric softener can make cloth diapers smoother, but it can reduce the absorbency of the cloth. In addition, avoid using clothes bleach because it can irritate your little one's skin.

5. Rinse and dry cloth diapers

Rinse cloth diapers at least 2 times so that the remaining soap is completely gone. After rinsing, try checking the smell of the diaper. If there is still an unpleasant odor, repeat washing cloth diapers in the same way until the odor is gone. The unpleasant smell of cloth diapers is a sign that there are still bacteria that can irritate your little one's skin.

After the cloth diaper is clean and doesn't smell bad, dry it in direct sunlight. Sunlight can kill any remaining bacteria on the fabric that may still be attached. But if it's not possible, drying cloth diapers in a tumble dryer or indoors is also fine, right, Bun.

Mom can wash baby's cloth diapers every day or every few days. But don't let it be too long, because diapers can cause unpleasant odors and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Make sure your washing schedule matches the number of cloth diapers you have, so you won't run out of diaper stock.

Choosing cloth diapers might be more comfortable for your little one. This is because cloth is usually softer than disposable diapers. Plus, babies' skin tends to be more sensitive and prone to irritation than adults.

However, choosing cloth diapers also means that you have to be more careful when washing. Pay close attention to the cloth diaper material, the washing method listed on the cloth label, and the materials used to wash it, yes, Bun.

If irritation appears on your little one's skin, immediately consult a doctor for proper examination and treatment.