Cloth Diapers: Laundry

As I said before, cleaning cloth diapers isn't bad at all.

If you purchase used cloth diapers you don't have to worry as much about the detergent and cleaning instructions. However, if you purchase your cloth diapers new you should read the instructions thoroughly and follow them completely. Otherwise your diapers warranty will be void.

We bought our diapers used on KSL, so we haven't had to follow strict instructions. We simply follow this routine:

  1. Soak diapers in cold water for 20-30 minutes (in washer).
  2. Wash diapers in hot/cold water.
  3. Add 1 tbsp white vinegar to rinse cycle (vinegar is a natural fabric softener and keeps fibers stripped of soap, which helps maintain maximum absorbency).
  4. Remove diaper covers before adding diapers to dryer. Let diapers dry on shortest setting, just enough to keep them soft. 
  5. Remove diapers and let until completely dry.
You want to make sure the detergent you use is safe for cloth diapers. You can check this chart to make sure your detergent is okay to use.

In order to save money, which is my favorite thing ever, I simply made my own detergent. I adapted a recipe  that I found online. It works great for cloth diapers and regular clothing. We have had great results, our clothes come out clean and smell great.

For HE machines use  1 tbsp, for regular machines use 2 tbsp. 


  1. How much of this soap do you use per load?

  2. Oh thank you for bringing that up, it's 1 tbsp for He machines and 2 tbsp for regular machines :)

  3. Wow, this must last forever. Does it keep well, or does it get clumpy?