Organic Caboose Cloth Diaper Care

  • Organic cotton contains natural oils in it that repels water causing the urine to roll off and leak, therefore, your new diapers need to be prepped before use. 
  • It is recommended that you wash and dry your new diapers 4-5 times prior to first use. 
  • The organic cotton diapers should reach their maximum absorption level by 10-12 washes. 

 

How do I wash cloth diapers?

  • Dry Pail method:  When the diapers are wet or soiled just put them into the diaper pail without water.  (Soaking the diapers in the diaper pail isn't needed and is a drowning hazard.)

  • If they are especially soiled, shake the solids off into the toilet or rinse the diaper in the toilet before putting it into the pail.  If baby is exclusively breastfed, it isn't necessary to rinse the diapers in the toilet, just put them into the pail until wash day.  (Breastfed poo is like yogurt and washes out without any problem.)

  • Washing:  (Two washes should be sufficient.) 

  • Put the diapers into the washing machine.  First, machine wash cold.  (Cold water helps to get out protein (poo) stains.) 

  • Then, machine wash warm.

  • It is recommended to use only 1/2 the amount of detergent in each wash.  The diapers will get clean and this will help prevent any detergent build-up. 

  • You can add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar into the last rinse cycle.  (Vinegar is a natural fabric softener, mildew inhibitor and helps reduce detergent build-up.)

  • You can add 1/2 cup baking soda to either the first or second wash to help freshen the diapers, if needed.

  • An extra rinse cycle helps to get any extra detergent out of the diapers.  But this step is up to you and if your baby is sensitive to detergents.

  • Drying:  Put the diapers in the dryer and dry on medium heat.  (The dryer helps to soften the diapers.) 

  • Or, hang the diapers on the clothesline to dry in the sun.  (The sun is a natural whitener and sanitizer.)

 

How to wash and dry your diaper covers

  • Eco-Fleece Covers: Machine wash warm.  Tumble dry low or lay flat to dry.  Avoid using chlorine bleach, or any other whitening agents or laundry additives.

  • Nylon covers:  Machine wash in warm water and hang to dry.  Avoid using chlorine bleach, or any other whitening agents or laundry additives.

  • Wool covers:  Untreated, organic wool needs to be washed as little as possible to help retain its natural lanolin properties.  When it becomes wet, just let it air dry.  Small soiled areas can be rinsed under the faucet with lukewarm water and gently rubbed away.  When necessary, gently wash in lukewarm water by hand with a wool lanolin-replenishing soap.  Remember, do not use cold or hot water.  Cold water shocks the fibers and hot water causes shrinkage.  Gently squeeze the water out by hand.  Then place in a towel and press out excess water.  Give it a quick, brisk shake for the wool to regain its form and elasticity.  You can place it over a mild heat source, like a running dryer.  NEVER tumble dry.  Also, placing the wool in direct sunlight may cause discoloration of the natural, organic wool.