I HATE GIVING WASH ROUTINE ADVICE for cloth diapers.
I hate it, I hate it, I hate it.
If you ask me to help you with your cloth diaper wash routine, I’ll probably try to evade the subject. I’ll probably recommend you to the All About Cloth Diapers Group, or maybe even a blog or website. I’ll definitely recommend you reach out to the retailer or brand. Basically, unless you poke and prode, I really try not to get involved with being any sort of expert or knowledge on washing diapers.
Sure, I have a ton of opinions of about washing diapers, but none of them are right for everyone, and none of them are particularly awesome. They are just my opinions and I’m allowed to have them, just like Fluff Love is allowed to have theirs and so is Green Mountain Diapers.
And this weekend I was reminded yet again about why I hate giving wash routine advice when a lovely person on IG came after me for giving bad advice based off one word.
Now, here’s the thing – I believe that the wash routine experience is very personal, very individualized and not cut and dry. That’s right, it’s not one way or the highway. Washing cloth diapers really varies person to person, machine to machine, and that’s OVERWHELMING AS ALL CAN BE.
But at the end of the day, I’m not a wash routine expert and have zero desire to be.
I want to empower you to make decisions that work for you. I want you to do the critical thinking and problem solving to make your wash routine advice work because I believe that’s the success to making cloth diaper continue on through the ages. If everyone can be confident in that, then they can pass it onto others and suddenly we aren’t relying on the experts of one or two particular groups, but the wisdom of our own knowledge and isn’t that powerful? Yes, it is.
Truth be told, I don’t get paid enough to deal with wash routine advice. That’s why I recommend you to retailers and brands because that’s part of their package deal. They are invested in cloth diapering to work to succeed their businesses.
I’m invested in creating community and sure a lot of that has to do with wash routines, but that’s not exciting, and it’s not what I need as a mom. I need community in the sense of friends, and people who relate to my weird hobbies like collecting cloth diapers.
The amount of time and energy that needs to go into fixing and resolving cloth diaper wash routines is not something I can give of myself and every time I get active in wash routine advice on Facebook I remember how much it drains my soul and makes me angry at the wrold. That’s not what I want, therefore I don’t do it.
And that’s okay.
Just because I’m in the cloth diaper space as an expert on the topic doesn’t mean I excel at all things, and wash routines is my weakness.
I also don’t want to be responsible for you hating washing diapers or messing up your entire stash of diapers. That’s not something I can take on as a person so I step away from wash routine advice in an attempt to not get tangled up in that web of giving out misinformation.
On that note, misinformation – that’s just perspective.
From my perspective, and where I stand today soaking in the cloth diaper world what works for one family might not work for another. Is recommending Charlies Soap Misinformation? For some groups, yes. But for others, it’s not. And its’ that tangled web of experiences that makes me just back away.
So, I’m sorry if you came to me for advice.
It’s not the area of my knowledge I’m most passionate about. I’m most passionate about the other things that I do talk about with great vigrou and enthusiasum. I would list them but I fear my life would change and I don’t want to be known for one thing when there’s so much to learn.