As your cloth diaper stash grows, there becomes somewhat of a discrepancy between how long you can go before doing laundry versus how long you should go. Waiting too long to wash your cloth diapers can be problematic for the diapers and end up making more work for you in the end. It is recommended to wash your diapers about every other day, and occasionally, every third day.
|Thicker cloth diapers can be more difficult to launder and benefit the most from frequently washing|
Why wash your diapers frequently:
Urine converts naturally to ammonia over time. Ammonia is a harsh compound that can be damaging to elastics and PUL. Ammonia oxidizing bacteria feed on ammonia and convert it to nitrite. Moist diapers that are filled with urine will help the bacteria population expand and make your diapers more likely to be stinky.
Poopy diapers, or diapers with high amounts of ammonia, will be difficult to clean. If breastfed poops are neglected for too long, poop will become difficult to rinse off.
Tips to stretch laundry day:
2. Pre-soakPre-soaking diapers before washing is not recommended for all brands of diapers, so be sure to check your diaper manufacturer's instructions. This method will not prevent damage to PUL and elastics, but it will help loosen stuck on poopy diapers that may not come clean in the wash. You can do your pre-soak with or without cloth diaper-safe detergent for 15-30 minutes (check your manufacturer's website for instructions).