How do you wash cloth diapers?

How do you wash cloth diapers? Just curious, but when they have a bowel movement, you know the REALLY messy drippy ones, what do you do to clean the diaper, you cannot put it in the washer like that. Do you take it outside and rinse it with the hose? Also, when you are in public, how do you do that? And don't they leak alot, being just cloth? I am really curious, because I want to use them, but I do not know anyone who does. They seem like they would save alot of money though. What's the general concensus amoung those of you who use them? Do you like them?

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smzuzu

Asked by smzuzu at 1:05 AM on Oct. 15, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well, they make GREAT burp rags lol. Sorry, I know that doesn't answer your question. Personally, I couldn't use them. They may save money but subtract that from the added cost of all the extra laundry. And, like you said, I don't know what I'd do when out in public! It's just much easier for me to roll up the mess and toss it!
    jessicarae787

    Answer by jessicarae787 at 1:14 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • CLOTH DIAPERS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT I DO KNOW IF THEY ARE MESSY AND YOU ARE IN PUBLIC YOU HAVE A PLASTIC BAG TO PLACE IT IN UNTIL YOU GET HOME, THEY ARE BETTER FOR THE ENVIROMENT, AND CHEAPER. THE DIAPER SERVICE WILL PROVIDE YOU WILL A HAMPER AND YOU CAN SCHEDULE PICK-UP DAYS ON YOUR SCHEDULE.

    THE CON IS THAT THE BABY MAY BECOME ALLERGIC TO THE DETERGENT THE COMPANY USES, BUT THAT CAN HAPPEN WITH THE PLASTIC DIAPERS ALSO, AND LASTLY A PLASTIC DIAPER PULLS MOISTURE AWAY FROM THE BABY-WHILE A CLOTH DOES NOT, SO PLAN FOR THE WINTER MONTHS ACCORDINGLY. GOOD LUCK.
    NURSE_MOM_OF_2

    Answer by NURSE_MOM_OF_2 at 1:14 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • the poopy ones go in the toilet, and they get a bit of a rinse, then they go into a pail of vinegar until you are ready to wash them.. as for the drippy, you need vinyl pants that go over them, then when you are out in public, they make special baggies that they go into until you are ready to go home.. but you can always rinse them quickly in anytoilet, and then put them in the baggies, good luck if you have any more ?? just msg me.
    sweetscrappin

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 1:24 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • there are a large variety of cloth diapers out there. they've come a long way since pins and plastic covers. with a newborn, EBF or formula fed only, the poopy diapers can go straight into the washer. for older children who are eating solids, you can shake it off into the toilet. they make a diaper sprayer that attaches to the toilet plumping so you can spray it off if its messy. i hose them off in the back yard but i'd love to have the sprayer. many diapers now have a waterproof liner, think of like a wind breaker jacket material. they don't leak any more than disposable diapers. when you're out and about, you can take a bag called a wet bag, or any bag really, and keep the diapers in there.
    llansky

    Answer by llansky at 2:05 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • continued...

    there are also gDiapers, which is like a cross between cloth diapers and disposables. they are eco-friendly, but you have to continually buy new liners. (or you can use a prefold in the gdiaper cover)

    personally, i LOVE my cloth diapers. i am a big fan of the bumgenius 3.0 one-size diapers; they fit from birth through potty training so its a one-time investment. i wrote a journal post about cloth diapers you can check out for more info:
    http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read/871927/Cloth_Diapers

    i love talking about diapers lol so if you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
    llansky

    Answer by llansky at 2:06 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • I have a liner to catch majority of poo..I also rinse it in toilet and if its bad and wont come off i wet pail -- have a bucket of water/nappy sanitizer/tea tree oil and soak it until I am ready to put in washing machine.

    I used prefolds to begin with...they are great and contain everything. I also used wool wraps but you really have to be careful with them. My son is ten months now and really wriggly so I purchased some organic totbots...they are like disposables...and so quick to put on. They have been really good so far - their wrap however is plastic...which is good. I tend to still use wool wrap at night because its more comfortable for baby and breathes better.

    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 7:27 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • I would recommend prefolds because they are really cheap..and great for a newborn because you can adjust it perfectly. I have never tried all-in-ones for a newborn..but the ones I have now are really perfect for my wriggly boy!

    I wrote a couple of articles about diapers here is one you may find helpful:

    http://www.myecoeden.com/blog/parenting/washable-nappies-everything-you-need-to-know
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 7:27 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • We cloth diaper and love it. We have waterproof bags (called wet bags), and keep one in the diaper bag and one hanging on our door knob upstairs. When out we throw the dirty diapers in the small wet bag in the diaper bag. Then we throw the dirty diapers (and the small wetbag) in our big wet bag. Thats where we store all the dirty diapers until it's laundery time. When I need to do a load I just take the whole bag and empty it into the washer (the bag goes in there, too) Then I do a cold soak cycle. After that I do a hot wash/ cold rinse cycle. The diapers then get tossed in the dryer. That's it. Liquidy poo can go right in the wash. When baby's poo gets more solid just knock it into the toilet. The cloth diapers actually hold poo in better. You don't get nearly as many blow outs and cloth diapers don't usually leak. We use Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers and Goodmama fitteds.
    PhilsBabyMama

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 3:07 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • washing diapers is super easy! check out this great article for tips on washing diapers

    faiths13

    Answer by faiths13 at 1:29 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • Some cloth diapers you can put in the washing machine. I haven't had the kind you can't, but I would think it was kind of like if your child made a mess in their underwear, which I have dealt with. If I am out..as gross as it might sound..I wash it in the toilet. If at home, I do that to get the poop out and then I wash the rest in the sink w/ soap.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:33 AM on Jun. 10, 2009

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