Airing Some Dirty Laundry

Let’s talk poop. And cloth diapers. And how exactly you remove one from the other.

Everybody I’ve talked with seems to ask this question… and it was one that I asked, myself, before getting into this. I remember when we first switched over to CD’s I was so intimidated by, well, let’s face it, the poopy diaper. Was it going to come out? Was it going to ruin my washer and make it stink? How often was I going to have to wash these things? Well, ladies, I’m here to share my method of washing as well as how I store my diapers. As you’ll see, it’s not as terrifying as you might think. Promise!

How to wash cloth diapers @ The Sassy Momma

How do you store your clean/dirty diapers?

Clean Diapers are kept in a basket (already stuffed with both inserts- small and large) under her change table. This makes changing her a cinch. Dirty diaper off; clean diaper on.

Dirty diapers get unstuffed immediately after changing and are kept until washing in a Planet Wise diaper pail liner (just to note- shiny side is the side the diapers go in in, fabric side is the outside of the bag), which sits in an Ubbi Diaper pail. The Ubbi Diaper pail is on the pricey side but I think it’s fantastic. It comes in a variety of colors, is made of stainless steel, you can use any bag you want, and there is absolutely NO smell! Yep, it was a worthwhile expense in my opinion. If I’m on the go and have a dirty diaper, then I use the Bummis Fabulous Wet Diaper Bag.

How to store cloth diapers

How often are you washing them and what brand of detergent do you use?

We bought 24 diapers so I wash them about every three days. If you do your research, you will read a lot of different things about what types of detergent to use with CD’s, but we chose Rockin Green. Ever since we started using this brand it hasn’t failed us once. Her diapers come out smelling scentless (as they should be) and are totally clean. Yes, even the “she had a major explosion and this is insane how much this 12-pound child can produce” poop.

Diaper Detergent

How do you wash them?

Before you start, I highly recommend reading your manufacturer’s instructions on how to launder your CD’s. We use the FuzziBunz brand so I pretty much follow their directions verbatim.

First off, I dump all of her dirty diapers along with the wet bag into the washing machine… I never have to touch a single one. Next, I set the machine to cold rinse to get everything out (no detergent during this step). After that, I add 2-3 tablespoons of Rockin Green detergent to the wash and turn it to the hot/cold cycle. Once everything is clean I put it all into the dryer. (If I had a clothesline, I would probably dry the diapers out there. But, it’s been a little too cold for that here.) I set the dryer to low/delicate and tumble dry. Now, I should add that Harper is exclusively breastfed so her poop is completely water soluble. This means no scrubbing, rinsing, or scraping of the poop. Her dirty diaper goes right into the pail as is.

Once they’re dry it’s time to stuff. I like to separate her small and large inserts into stacks and stuff them assembly line style. I know, I’m anal (pun intended), but I think this makes it so much easier instead of rooting around the pile to find the insert you’re looking for.

As far as how long this takes, I wash about 18 diapers (one load) during one of her morning naps and will stuff them during an afternoon nap. And I make sure to do the wash when she has about 6 diapers remaining.

Cloth Diaper Stuffing

Does this make your washer machine stink and what about the diapers? Can you really get them clean?

The stink. That was a huge concern of mine. After all, we have a standard top load washer and not a fancy front loader but let me tell you that not once has it stunk. And her diapers, including those with poop galore, get totally clean as well.  No smell and barely any discoloration. But remember, it is just BF poop. Once we get into solids, who knows what we’ll encounter. :) PS- her diaper below sat in the pail for two days as is. As you can see, it came out totally spotless!

Dirty Diaper

Final Thoughts?

Mommas, if you can wash clothes then you can wash cloth diapers. I promise, the first load is always the scariest but once you see that the poopy diaper you put in comes out totally clean, doesn’t smell, and your washer machine is just as spotless on the inside as when you started you’ll be thanking yourself for investing in CD’s and realizing that you never have to spend another dime on disposables ever again.

Hilarious someecard on cloth diapers

Unfortunately, this is all too true :)

Xoxo Lindsey

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June 14, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Virginia - Do you ever mix any other laundry with your diapers? Towels, burp clothes?

June 14, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Meg McLawhorn - This is such great info!! We’ve ordered a few Bum Genius ones to use at home to give her bum a break but haven’t taken the plunge yet :) I like that you mentioned that you waited a few weeks before using these, too. Margaret is 5 weeks and still going quite often, so I might wait a couple more weeks before trying them. This does make this less scary, for sure!! Thanks!

June 17, 2013 - 11:40 am

April - Very good read. I found cloth diapers VERY easy when exclusively breastfeeding. I nursed exclusively up to nine months. In my opinion, the rubber hits the road when they start eating solids. At that point, it really is important to find a good way of separating the poop from the diaper or your washing machine will start to smell.

Also, i love rockin green laundry detergent. It really does seem to be the best for CD.

June 17, 2013 - 1:18 pm

The Sassy Momma - I’m sure I could, but I don’t. I only wash her cloth diapers during that time.

June 17, 2013 - 1:19 pm

The Sassy Momma - That’s so exciting Meg! Yes, we definitely waited- she was going far too often and I would have been doing the laundry like a mad woman (no thanks!) so we got into it around 6 weeks then used CDs full time around 8 weeks. Let me know how it goes!

June 18, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Megan - Heard good things about Rockin Green. I’ll have to investigate as water source can change how clean they come out. Hard, horrible water in NE FL…I’ve heard how diligent you are with cleaning them, using the right process, detergent, etc is key to their longevity and especially absorbency!

June 18, 2013 - 8:31 pm

The Sassy Momma - Hi Megan, Rockin Green is awesome. And just to note, they make different formulas depending on your water type so if you have hard water you can get a detergent specially made for that.

July 18, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Nadine - Lindsey,
Thank you for your post on Ubbi – it looks great! However, I wanted to reach out to let you know that your bag is not properly loaded in. The bag should not stick out when the lid is closed. It needs to go around the bag holder inside the pail.

The way you have it now prevents the seal from making the pail airtight and keeping the smell in.

Please see instructions on our website:

Many thanks and let me know if you have any questions,

Marketing Director
Ubbi Worl

July 19, 2013 - 4:15 pm

The Sassy Momma - Hi Nadine, thank you so much for your comment, I love your diaper pail! I am definitely aware that the bag is loaded improperly :) Ladies who are reading- this is what happens when you let your husband handle diaper duty… After a quick demo, he got it. And the Ubbi is awesome! I just wish it was a tad larger so I could fit more diapers.