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Tag Archive: laundry

Cloth Diapers 101: Air drying indoors
April 9, 2012 3:05 pm | by

As much as I love hanging my diaper covers out in the sunshine to remove stains and stink, the fact is that it’s just not always possible. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, especially during spring rains. Other times, I have just waited too long to do laundry and end up completing a load of diapers at 10 p.m. when there is no sun in sight! Rather than tossing the covers in the dryer, I choose to preserve the life of the PUL material in my diapers by making sure to air dry every time. Even when it’s not possible to

Spring cleaning for cloth diapers
April 2, 2012 3:10 pm | by
Cloth Diaper Creams

Ahh, spring cleaning. The time of year when you find all those little nooks and crannies in your home that have been ignored all winter long and give them a good cleaning. It’s also a great time to do the same for your cloth diapers. Did you know there are some hidden areas of your cloth diapers that may need a little extra TLC every so often?   Cloth diapers are generally worn every other day and washed 3-4 times a week, depending on the size of your stash. If you have hook and loop closures, this allows opportunities for

Cloth Diapering 101: Sunning your cloth diapers
March 12, 2012 11:14 am | by

It is a gorgeous, sunny day here in St. Louis, which is a great reminder that spring is on its way. That means, after the long dreary days of winter, it’s finally time to get those diapers out for some sun! If you’ve never tried sunning your cloth diapers, now is a great time to start. Sunning your diapers can help to remove stains, brighten and even sanitize your diapers. You don’t have to have a clothesline to do this. You can use a drying rack outside, lay them on your patio furniture or even along the edge of your

This Just In: Need A Laundry Assistant?
March 2, 2012 4:12 pm | by

Spring has a variety of weather conditions, but we have some great new products in stock just in time to help you line dry your cloth diapers and other laundry no matter what’s happening outside. New at Cotton Babies, two great products from The New Clothesline Company. First up, the Duo, a handy little laundry accessory that is great for air (line) drying inserts, baby wipes and more! It can be mounted to your ceiling or it has a handy little hook that will hang on your shower curtain rod. Need a little more space? Check out the LOFTi. This

How to dry your cloth diapers
January 9, 2012 1:12 am | by
Prepping Cloth Diapers

It has been almost a year since we’ve shared information about how to dry your cloth diapers. In that time, we’ve retired some products and created some new ones. Today, we are updating this information in case you are new to cloth diapering or just needed a reminder. We get a lot of questions about how to dry diapers. Many of you want to know more specifics about how to safely dry your diapers, especially during the cold, damp winter months. Our basic instructions are “Line-dry covers and diaper shells. Tumble dry inserts, fitteds and prefolds.” Making sure to dry

Cloth 101: Do not use a sanitize cycle when washing cloth diapers
November 7, 2011 2:56 am | by

Sanitize cycles on newer washing machines superheat the water within the machine. These high temperatures can cause elements of the diaper to break down. We suggest washing your diapers on a hot cycle setting for best results. If you have other brands of modern cloth diapers, we suggest you check with the manufacturer for their best laundry practices. If you ever have any questions about your laundry routine, contact us by phone at 1-314-892-1855, by e-mail at or via live chat at We’re always glad to assist you. SaveSave

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

How to store your dirty diapers
June 27, 2011 9:02 am | by

Once you decide you are ready to start cloth diapering, another major decision is how to store your dirty diapers once they are dirty until laundry day. There are two main types of dirty cloth diaper storage a wet bag or a pail. Types of dirty diaper storage Diaper pails designed for cloth diapering are a little different than those designed for disposable diapers. Most disposable diaper pails are designed to keep air (and smells) out. When thinking about storing dirty cloth diapers, one of the key things is to make sure you have air flow. This air flow helps

Laundry in a Minute
May 3, 2008 10:32 pm | by

I deal with a mind boggling amount of laundry each week. Having nine people in the house will do that to a family, especially when those nine people include a spitty baby, a daddy who gets really dirty in his work, a three year old who loves to play in the sand, and a little princess who loves to wear multiple outfits each day. Adding in the multiple washes suggested for cloth diapers can make me feel like I am getting backed up even further. Here are some ways that I stay on top of things, maybe they can help