Welcome to the March Carnival of Natural Parenting: Natural Parenting Top 10 Lists
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared Top 10 lists on a wide variety of aspects of attachment parenting and natural living. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Top 10 Most Popular Ways To Treat Cloth Diaper Stains
I recently was researching about cloth diapering stains and came across a number of ways to get the stains out. I usually just put some detergent on my soiled diapers and let it sit in a dry pail until wash day (usually later on that day or the next). In all my researching, I didn't find that solution, but I did find lots of other things that I haven't tried yet. I even found some solutions being recommended that I've heard others caution against.
Since I found so many different ways, I thought it would be a perfect fit for the March Carnival of Natural Parenting theme. So, here goes. My 10 Most Popular Ways To Treat Cloth Diaper Stains:
10. Bleach – I made this number 10 because I've heard contradicting reports on its usefulness. If you do use a little in your wash, make sure you use a chlorine-free bleach. Use this as a last resort and make sure it is highly diluted. Bleach will eat at your diapers, so don't use this regularly
9. Just get over it! At least your diapers smell clean. =)
8. Lemon or Lime Juice - if you sprinkle a little of one or the other on your stains before washing, the juice acts like a stain remover. Just make sure you rinse the diaper out very well so the acid does not irritate your baby's skin. You can also just add ½ cup of lemon juice to the wash
7. Toothpaste - I couldn't believe this when I first read it. Just rub some white toothpaste on the stain after you wet the diaper with water and wash like you normally would. If someone has used this method I'd LOVE to hear from you on how effective it was
6. Baking soda – This can be added to the diaper directly in a paste, sprinkled in the rinse or during your wash cycle
5. Bac-out (enzyme detergent?) - Bi-O-Kleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator is a special detergent used specifically for getting rid of stains. It seems to be very popular, although I have yet to use it myself. If you spray every soiled diaper before you put it in the pail, a 32 oz. bottle should last you a month.
4. Vinegar - You need to dilute this before adding it to the diaper. Mix ¼ cup of water with white vinegar and sprinkle a bit on the stain before washing. You can also add some to the rinse cycle.
3. Borax – If you make a paste of water and borax, you can put it directly on the stain before you wash it or you can just add the borax to the wash water
2. Diaper Service - This is the cheating way to get rid of stains, because you also get rid of the diaper! The service comes and takes away the diaper and gives you nice clean new ones! Bye-bye stained diapers!
1. Sunlight - If all else fails, this will NOT fail. Sunlight, with its ultraviolet rays, is like a magic wand that zaps all bad stains away! It’s amazing to see the transformation. You also can't beat a free solution that works so well!
I always thought there was one right way to wash cloth diapers, but in finding all of these suggestions, I see that's not true. You have to take into account all of your variables (type of diaper, detergent, water quality, etc.) and find what works best for your stash of fluff.
An ounce of prevention beats a thousand pounds of cure, the saying goes. This is true when dealing with cloth diaper stains. While stains are unavoidable, make sure you’re getting as much solid waste off of the diaper BEFORE washing as possible.
If you have another way of getting the stains out, just let me know in the comments below! I'd love for you to share your favorite way of zapping those stains!
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Great list! I mainly stuck to sunlight and 'get over it'. Elimination communication helped a lot, too. It is fairly easy to get the poos in the potty instead of the …
This is so practical & helpful! I love it! My favorite is "get over it." :) I do use Bac-Out on my cloth menstrual pads, and it works well. I wish we had easy access to sunlight — sounds …
I <3 Sun! Not rated yet Sun would be #1 on my list - it is AMAZING! I was shocked the first time I put diapers out and they came back in stain-free. I've never thought about doing …
Thanks for ideas! Not rated yet Thanks for compiling this list. I mostly don't worry about stains. Occasionally I feel the need to have a stain free diaper in case I"m going to be passing …
great ideas! Not rated yet I'm so excited to hear about sunshine as stain remover. That's the greatest.
Great Tips! Not rated yet We spray Bac Out on all dirty diapers, and it's awesome. I highly recommend keeping some around the house (We also use it around the house for pet messes …
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