Washing Your Honeybuns
PREPPING NEW DIAPERS & INSERTS:
- Microfiber inserts: Wash once with hot water before use.
- Hemp/organic cotton inserts: Wash 3+ times with hot water separately from your other diapers, to wash out the natural oils. After that, you can wash all of your diapers/inserts together (TIP: I usually just throw them in with my regular laundry a few times to prep).
WASHING DIRTY DIAPERS & INSERTS:
First, shake/spray off any excess mess into the toilet as soon as it’s dirtied. Using our washable/disposable cloth liners helps with this process! Store dirty diapers and inserts in a diaper pail, wetbag, etc. until you are ready to wash a load of diapers/inserts/liners. Begin with a rinse. Then wash on HOT or WARM with your preferred diaper/baby detergent. Rinse again. Dry. You can dry in the dryer on medium or low heat. I usually do this, and then remove the diaper shells, and run the inserts again with a hotter setting if need be.
After drying let cool (helps maintain the integrity of the elastic), replace inserts (recommended 1-3+ inserts in each diaper) and store for next use! Do NOT overstuff your diapers with too many inserts! This causes strain on the elastics which will cause them to lose elasticity over time, and may also cause them detatch from the fabric.
- Do not iron.
- Do not bleach cotton outer diapers.
- No fabric softeners/dryer sheets.
Visit our Cloth Diaper Laundry Hacks/Tips page for information on staining, safe diaper creams, yeast, stripping, bleach soaking, caring for cotton diapers, and cleaning your washing machine and dryer.
- Use cloth wipes instead of disposable wipes. Read more HERE.
- Recommended Detergents: Hard water-Tide original powder. Soft water-Gain. HE machines-Foca.
- Line dry in the sunshine (the sun helps to remove stains - lemon juice helps)
- Hang/line dry cotton-printed outer diapers. After repeated machine drying, cotton prints will fade and fray around the edges. Read more about cotton printed outer diapers here.
- Storing your Honeybuns for future babies: use a cloth breathable bag like a mesh laundry bag or a pillowcase. Avoid airtight sealing containers since it can break down elastics.