This is part of the Cloth Diaper 101 Blog Hop hosted by My Cloth Diaper Stash.
I have recently changed my wash routine since switching to Eco Nuts for my laundry soap. Here is my previous wash routine. I also changed things up since I no longer have to go down stairs to do laundry. Our new house has the laundry on the main floor!!
I still wash diapers about every other day. I use a 13 gallon garbage can in my bathroom that has a lid that pops open at the push of a button. I wash when it gets full. I don’t use a pail liner because it throws my washing machine off balance. I do rinse the can after I dump the diapers in the washer. Sometimes I let the can soak with water and vinegar. This seems to take the stink out of the can. Enough about my diaper can! Moving on to the wash routine:
I first do a warm rinse. No soap. –I have a top loader without many options. After it is done filling and has agitated for a while I turn the dial forward to rinse. I only have 3 temperature settings on my washing machine: Cold/Cold; Warm/Cold; Hot/Cold. This is why I let it fill on warm and then move the dial to rinse. There has been research done on the best temperatures to get stains out of fabrics. Here is a great post: Laundry Science 101: Basics Of Washing by Mona from Eco Nuts. I also read another post that talked about the best way to get stains out is to use the same temp that the stain was when it happened. So warm water for diapers. I would link to the post but I cannot remember where I saw that one.
Once the initial rinse is complete, I start the washer over again but this time set it to Hot/Cold. This is when I throw in the Eco Nuts soap nuts. I use 2 soap nuts in the bag. I also put a chip clip on the bag so that it is easier to find.
Next, I let it agitate with the hot water and then I try to remember to go in when it has spun all the water out but before it fills with the cold rinse. This is when I take out the soap nuts bag and start the washer over on a hot cycle again. I do this so that I get the best rinse for my diapers. After I set this second wash cycle I let it go all the way through the rinse. I feel that this gets my diapers very clean.
I am really loving the Eco Nuts soap nuts for all my laundry and especially my cloth diaper laundry.
What do you use to wash your cloth diapers? Do you use the same thing on your diapers and clothes? What does your wash routine consist of?