Unless you have sort fancy front loading washing machine that plays tricks on you, chances are you do not need to bulk up your cloth diaper laundry. Most machines have a special soft spot and diapers will wash up just fine without any additional items tossed in.
But this cloth diaper mom, she’s has a different idea.
>> I like to keep all the gross things together. <<
If it can handle a hot water wash (or two) and is smaller than a Flat, chances are it might find its way into my dirty cloth diaper wet bags. I prefer to wash the gross things with my cloth diaper laundry instead of waiting for its own load. This way all the gross things get washed up at the same time, and I’m not holding onto a bag of dirty towels for an extra day.
6 things I add to my cloth diaper laundry.
- Cloth Wipes: obvious to some, and less to others. If we’ve used cloth wipes this week, they get tossed into the wet bag for laundry day. Sometimes I use cloth wipes for bums, other times for noses; regardless, it all goes in for a deep hot wash.
- Face Clothes: Between a nightly scrub down, and a scrub after each meal, wash clothes find their way straight into my wet bag ready to be cleaned up on wash day. No need to let the stank happen.
- Kitchen Towels: I haven’t made the switch to official un-paper towels, but I do use a lot of kitchen towels and clothes in my home. When I’m finished cleaning up milk off the floor, applesauce off the table, and whatever else my toddler tosses, those towels find their way straight into the dirty wet bag.
- Reusable Menstrual Pads: If it’s good enough to clean diapers for my baby’s bottom, then its just right for cleaning my cloth menstrual pads is my theory on this. But, not a necessity, I washed my menstrual pads in college on just a hand rinse and a single cycle.
- Bibs: Nothing cleans a bib better than a round or two in a diaper cycle!
- Socks: Whenever I find a random dirty sock laying around, I toss it in a wet bag. It’s just something I do. #dontquestionit
Why Not add a few extras to the diaper laundry?
Dirty Diaper Laundry comes every 48 hours in my house, and sooner when I bulk it up with all the gross things I find in the house. It’s not hard because small children leave a mess wherever they go.
There’s a good chance you don’t need to bulk up your cloth diaper laundry, but why not take advantage of this thorough wash routine?
I started adding things to my diaper laundry when I noticed things not getting clean in my regular wash. While I might use the same mainstream detergent for all my laundry, I only use hot water with my diapers. Washing my face clothes, kitchen towels, and bibs in hot water gave me a better clean. #youheardithear.