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Cloth 201: Cloth diapers and mold
September 3, 2012 3:06 pm | by

I know it’s a holiday, but quick… did you grab that wet bag out of the trunk of the car when you came home last night? If not, go run and grab it before you get distracted. It’s so easy to get distracted and lose track of a diaper or two, or even worse, your whole stash.

It’s sad, but we occasionally hear stories of a cloth diapering parent’s worst nightmare… losing part or all of their cloth diaper stash due to mold, mildew or worse. Mold will look like little black dots scattered in the fibers of your cloth diapers. Mildew looks more like a rash and is usually a brown or rust color, often found in patches. Both are easily preventable issues, as long as you know how to manage your wet and dirty cloth diapers.
To prevent mold at home, always make sure to clean out your diaper pail. Give it a quick wipe with your favorite cleaner each time you empty it. You could also use a pail liner and just toss it into your washer with your cloth diaper laundry. Same rule goes for wet bags – just add it to your cloth diaper laundry each time you empty it. Keeping the environment clean will help to keep mold away.

Using a vented pail or a wet bag will also help to prevent mold. Airflow reduces the chance of mold. Don’t store diapers in a diaper pail that is completely sealed.
Do you use cloth wipes? If you pre-wet them, make sure to only wet enough for a day or two at a time. Clean your wipe container regularly.
If you do happen to leave a diaper in a plastic bag a little too long, don’t worry. Wash the diaper with mold or mildew with the recommend 1/4 cup of bleach in the hot water cycle. This should kill off any growing mold spores. However, mold and mildew will often stain. The stain will usually fade over time.
Make sure you to check your diaper pail, wet bags, washer, and dryer before you leave home for a long weekend or vacation. An ounce of prevention will save you a lot of time and trouble later.
If you have further questions about how to prevent mold and mildew or to treat it, reach out to our experienced team a call at We are always glad to assist.


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.



  • Anonymous said...
    September 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm


  • Kenner said...
    September 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I have prefolds that have gotten mold on them before, and the stains don’t bother me. It is SAFE to use them after they’ve been bleached, though, right? 🙂