First, you will need a place to store your
diapers. A small diaper pail, trash can, or a waterproof
bag will work. There are two methods to storing diapers: wet
pail or dry pail. To use the wet pail method, fill a pail
with water and soak diapers until wash day. You will need
to change your pail water at least daily. We do
not recommend the wet pail method, and if you soak your
diapers for long periods of time in certain solutions, it may
affect the life of your diapers. We recommend
the dry pail method. With a dry pail, no
soaking is required! You may use this method with
or without a pail liner. We recommend a liner because
it keeps the pail clean...and you can toss the liner right in
with wash! Pail liners can be found here.
For exclusively breastfed babies, you can throw all the
diapers directly in the pail. You may choose to rinse off the
dirty diapers, but it is not necessary. Once the baby is
on solids the dirty diapers will need to be rinsed off before
placing in the pail. You may choose to use a minishower
to rinse your diapers off. Minishowers are a
wonderful way to clean soiled diapers without having to
"dunk" them in the toilet. We have used
ours for over 4 years now and couldn't live without it!
Wash as often as you need to...or at least every 3 days.
Start with a cold rinse or short cold wash.
Then wash on hot with a small amount of detergent and
follow with a cold rinse.
Follow up with another cold rinse with no
detergent to make sure diapers come out clean and soap
free! Sometimes diapers can get a buildup of
detergent. You can check for suds when doing a
rinse. If you see suds in your water during the
rinse cycle, keep doing rinses until you no longer see
You may use any detergent that you would
normally use, with a few exceptions. Free & Clear
detergents aren't recommended because they have been known to
cause build up on the diapers (especially synthetic fabrics).
About bleach: Using bleach on a regular
basis is not recommended and can void the warranties of some of
the diapers. However, you may find it useful to use a
small amount of bleach occasionally to sanitize your diapes if
they develop an odor. If you choose to use bleach, we
receommend a 1/4 of bleach added to your wash no more than once
every 2-4 weeks.
Washing Wool Covers
Wash once a week or every two weeks depending on
how often you use the cover. If it gets dirty or is stinky
then it is time to wash!
- Use a lanolin enriched soap, hand wash in luke-warm water,
- Roll in a towel to get moisture out
- Hang to dry
You will need to lanolize approximately once a month.
If your wool cover feels a little damp when in use, it is
probably time to Lanolize!
- You can use lanolin such as Lanshinoh, melt this with some
hot water and a little wool wash soap. Pour into the
sink with your wool cover. Another option is to use a wool
buddy in a sink full of warm water.
- Soak for as long as possible (up to several
- Roll in a towel and hang to dry.
Check out our variety of wool care products here.