Blueberry Cloth Diaper Care
Before using the diapers: wash and dry your diaper & inserts once in hot or warm water prior to first use. This causes the fibers to shrink, fluff up and become more absorbent. It is not necessary to wash more than once before using the diaper for the first time. The inserts will shrink and get thicker with the first few washes. This shrinkage has been allowed for when designing the inserts.
If you bought several diapers, you may want to pre-wash one first as we can only refund on unused/unwashed products.
General Wash & Care: Keep your wet and dirty diapers in a diaper pail. If you've stuffed the inserts inside the diaper, shake out the insert into your pail and throw the diaper in after changing your baby.
Wash your diapers in warm water on regular cycle. Follow the recommended amount of detergent as stated on the soap's packaging based on your load size. Too much will leave residue causing your diapers to possibly stink, leak, or leave baby with a rash. Too little will not leave your diapers clean and cause it to stink and/or leave baby with a rash.
An additional rinse can be used for particularly soiled loads. Make sure that your diapers are rinsed clean. Any residue from poop, urine, or detergent can make your diapers smell. Tumble dry on warm or line dry.
Do not use fabric softener. It will coat the diapers making them water repellent and reduce the absorbency of the diaper. Be aware that if you use dryer sheets in your dryer for other laundry this can coat your dryer and transfer to your diapers.
Do not use bleach. This will cause the fabric's fibers to break down. It will also cause the waterproof layer of the diaper to de-laminate. Do not use baking soda or vinegar in your wash. These are unnecessary and may cause problems in your diapers.
Do not stretch the diaper while it is still warm. Allowing the diaper to cool after taking it out of the dryer will extend the life of its elastic.
Do not use diaper rash creams without using a protective liner between your baby's skin and the diaper. Creams will leave a waxy residue on the fabric making them less absorbent, water repellent and may potentially cause leaks. If you need to use a rash cream, you should use a stay-dry liner or a piece of fleece between your baby's bottom and the diaper to prevent the cream from transferring onto the diapers.
Stain removal. If staining occurs, it is important that any products used on the diapers and covers to remove the stains are mild so as not to irritate the baby’s skin and/or cause the diapers to prematurely deteriorate. In most cases, laying the stained diapers out in the sun is the safest and most effective way of removing stains.