"Fall" into Cleaner Diapers
Fall has arrived here in Denver. The mornings are cool, the leaves are changing color, and everyone (me included!) is breaking out their sweaters and scarves. It’s snuggle weather! I’m really loving it. Fall is a pretty new Season for me. Back in Tulsa, OK we had mini Falls. The leaves would start to change color and the weather would cool down a bit but, not quite enough to break out your scarves. Before the leaves had a chance to actua lly fall off the trees a storm would generally blow through town freezing everything. You would wake up one morning and there would be ice covered tree limbs in your yard and in the streets, bushes that were flattened by heavy ice. Fall was officially over after that. No more color until Spring. Denver is truly beautiful and I couldn’t be more excited to be here. Check back after Winter and snow season starts ;) We’ll see if I still feel the same way.
OkieB had a fantastic summer with multiple giveaways and great sales that allowed us to do what we love: give back! The more families that try cloth, the more we learn about the huge impact we can have. It’s not all business - We learn so much about the families that are using cloth. I feel like our family gets a little bigger with every order. It’s never about throwing diapers in a box and mailing it out and hoping you use them the most effect way. A relationship is formed. There are very few customers that one of us at OkieB hasn’t had a personal exchange with. It’s so wonderful to know that your family cares as much as ours! We learn tips and tricks, hear concerns and find solutions for all sorts of day to day experiences your family faces.
I literally have so much new information in my head that I decided a new blog post was necessary . This will be a space where I’m going to share a few washing and stripping tips that our mom’s and dad’s have sent us over the last few months. Feel free to leave a comment or even email me directly if you have anything you’d like to add! email@example.com
Let's start with the basics. Cloth diapers should be washed every two to three days. We've learned when washing cloth diapers powdered detergents tend to work better than a liquid detergent, and leave less buildup. Our Mom’s Favorite: Tide Powder.
Mom Pro-Tip: Add a 1⁄4 cup of baking soda to every load. Diapers will come most clean when washed with warm water and rinsed with warm or cold.
Knowing if you have hard water is very important! If you are washing your diapers in hard water, it’s very likely they will have a mineral buildup. An easy way to know for sure is to pick up a water testing kit. It’s usually as easy as dipping a test strip in water and matching its color to a chart. Diapers that have been washed in hard water will need to be stripped.
Start with the basics when stripping. Don’t bother with any fancy detergent or cloth diaper stripping agent. All you need is HOT WATER. Wash your diapers with no detergent or additives. Simply wash on hot and rinse on warm.
You may find if your diapers are holding a heavy ammonia smell a hot water strip may not completely rid the diapers of the smell. The next thing you’ll want to try is simple sunlight! Not everyone has a clothes line in their backyard. Don’t fret! A simple drying rack in a sunny window or a balcony will work just fine. It only takes a few hours.
Many moms rave about white vinegar. And we don’t blame them! It’s a household staple that can be used for endless things. Including stripping your diapers. Start with the hot water strip but, if you come up unsuccessful, try vinegar. Add a cup to vinegar to either a hot/warm or warm/warm cycle. No detergent. Vinegar only. We also learned you can use baking soda in the same fashion as vinegar. Same routine just replace the vinegar with baking soda.
Learn anything new? Agree or disagree? Let me know! I’m truly listening and love to hear what our families are thinking.
- Daria Ezzat-Ahmadi