Removing Stains from Cloth Diapers
Posted on February 12, 2013
Even if your diapers are squeaky clean, and you follow the best of washing routines, stains are bound to happen from time to time on your cloth diapers.
Some people don't mind them, but others do. So, if you're wondering how to bust stains on your cloth diapers, here are some suggestions:
(1) The easiest and most natural way to lift stains is to sun your diapers. Yes, that's right, sun your cloth diapers! Just lay them out WET face up in the sun. Now, the sun needn't be outdoors either. So long as you don't have UV coating on your windows, you can lay your cloth diapers in the sun through a window on a winter's day. Leave them there for a few hours and you will be amazed at what you see!
If you have a front loading machine, you may want to wet your cloth diapers a bit more after the spin cycle as so much moisture is removed. Natural fiber diapers, like cotton cloth diapers, are the most prone to staining, whereas diapers made of polyester fabrics are less prone to staining. Generally we find as a result it is easier to lift stains on the natural fiber diapers!
(2) You can try some oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is a cloth diaper safe bleach that is hydrogen peroxide based rather than chlorine based. We always encourage you to follow your cloth diaper manufacturer's guidelines before using additives, as many say using additives will void the warranty. In our personal experience we have found that periodic use of oxygen bleach is okay (every few months). We just ensure that the bleach is rinsed REALLY well before the diapers are dried. However, make the choice that you are most comfortable with and remember, sun is always best!
Check out this image from GroVia - this magic stain removal happened from just 2 hours in the sun. Yup, wet cloth diapers laying face up in the sun to bust stains. That's seriously how great the sun can work!
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