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Wet Towel Trick
October 24, 2011 1:10 am | by
Prepping Cloth Diapers

Sometimes a very small load of diapers in a front-loading washing machine needs a little bit of help to get enough water in the machine.

Try our “Wet Towel Trick”. Adding a wet bath towel to the beginning of your wash routine. Let the towel go through all the wash cycles (hot, cold and rinses). For washers that are weight-sensitive, this will encourage the machine to add more water to every cycle.

If you have further questions or need more detailed troubleshooting for your laundry routine, please give us a call at 1-314-892-1855. We’re always glad to learn more about you, your little one, your laundry facilities and routine to assist you with detailed, personalized troubleshooting. You can also reach our customer service team by e-mail at or through live chat on

About the Author

Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.



  • Heidi said...
    November 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I just wanted to write an update that since using the BumGenius detergent and the wet towel trick, my daughter’s rash is clearing up and the diapers are coming out clean, clean, clean! Thanks so much for the tips!

  • sarah c said...
    October 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Make sure you do a cold short wash before your hot wash. Hot water cannot break down the amonia. We have only ever used a front loader and havent had any stink issues. I also flush solids, and then rinse out all poop diapers in my laundry sink several times. Strip your diapers and then rinse well/cold wash/hot wash and it should really help! We also use rockin greens detergent, it is great!!

  • Heidi said...
    October 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Thank you so much for this tip. I will definitely try it. We bought a new HE front loading washer two months ago and I have not been able to get my diapers clean ever since. They come out smelling and they leave rashes on my baby girl. 🙁 It’s so frustrating! I was using Planet detergent but since it wasn’t HE I thought maybe that was the problem, so I recently switched to BumGenius. The first load I washed with BumGenius still came out smelling like poop and pee. I washed on warm with double rinse. I put the “soil level” all the way up to heavy on my washer. I had to wash them again in hot and they smelled better after the second wash. Maybe I need to “strip”? Any other ideas and suggestions are much appreciated!

  • kikiandkyle said...
    October 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I have that setting on my washer too, I didn’t realize that is what it does!

  • HereWeGoAJen said...
    October 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    My high efficiency machine has a “bulky items” setting, which tells the machine to add lots of extra water. I use that one on my cloth diapers and it works very well.