Scrub-a-dub diaper

Thursday, April 15, 2010
32 weeks, 4 days pregnant

The diapers are here! The diapers are here! I have never been so excited to get a package in the mail, which proves without a doubt that I am as dorky as you suspected.

As you may know, cloth diapers need to be pre-washed before use (in order to get them primed or something — I didn’t question it).

Since I have three varieties of diapers — BumGenius organic all-in-ones, BumGenius one-size pocket diapers, and Kushies — I decided to get nice and organized before I did the pre-washing. The last thing I wanted to do was ruin them before they were used!

Here are the washing instructions for BumGenius organic all-in-ones:

Pre-wash instructions:
  • Wash the diapers in hot water (with a bit of detergent)
  • Dry on warm
  • Repeat 5-6 times

Regular wash instructions:
  • Wash the diapers in cold water (with 1/4 of the usual amount of detergent)
  • Wash the diapers in hot water (with 1/4 of the usual amount of detergent)
  • Double rinse
  • Dry on warm


And here are the washing instructions for BumGenius one-size pocket diapers:

Pre-wash instructions:
  • Fasten the velcro tabs to the laundry tabs inside the diaper
  • Wash the diapers in any temperature water (with 1/4 of the usual amount of detergent)
  • Dry inserts on warm heat
  • Air-dry the covers
  • Repeat 5-6 times

Regular wash instructions:
  • Fasten the velcro tabs to the laundry tabs inside the diaper
  • Wash the diapers in cold water (with 1/4 of the usual amount of detergent)
  • Wash the diapers in hot water (with 1/4 of the usual amount of detergent)
  • Double rinse
  • Dry inserts on warm heat
  • Air-dry the covers


Eight of the BumGenius organic diapers are the new “bright” colours, so their labels warned to pre-wash them separately from lighter diapers (or anything else).

I never did find any washing instructions for the Kushies, but because they are my cheapie “extras” I wasn’t too concerned. I simply lumped them in with the light-coloured diapers.

So last night I did two loads:
  • 1 load of the “bright” BumGenius organic diapers (washed on hot, dried on warm)
  • 1 load of the BumGenius pocket diapers, Kushies diapers, and light-coloured BumGenuis organic ones (washed on hot, dried on warm)
If you’re reading closely (and not asleep by this point), you’ll see that I dared to put everything in the dryer. Am I going to cloth diaper hell? Perhaps.

The reason was because I knew I had read that Amalah used the dryer for her original BumGenius diapers, and the idea of “line-drying” was absurd. We don’t have a clothesline! And I was not draping wet diapers on the edge of my bathtub for the next who-knows-how-many years.

So I asked a friend who uses the original BumGenius diapers, since it seems everyone has their own special way to wash and dry them.
  • Wash them in hot water
  • Do an additional cold rinse
  • Dry on warm
And here are the special “occasional” things she does:
  • Once a month, she strips them with 1/2 cup of bleach (recommended by BumGenius) and a squirt of Original Dawn dish soap
  • If they diapers are not smelling fresh, she washes them as normal. And then she washes them once with extra detergent and does two extra rinse cycles
Whew! Information overload! So I did the first load last night, and I think I’ll wash/dry them once every night through Sunday — that will be five times total.

Now my only concern is forgetting that the washer is set to “Hot” and the dryer is set to “Warm,” and accidentally shrinking a load of my (and Darling Husband’s) clothes. I think I should tape a big sign there, to remind my mushy pregnancy brain.

So what do you think?

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