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5 Tips to Keep Your Diapers Bright & White

Keep your cloth diapers as clean and bright as the day you bought them with a few simple tips.

1. Sunlight

Use the free energy all around you to bleach your diapers naturally. UV (ultra violet) light can also be a powerful disinfectant, but it is unknown how effective sunlight is in disinfecting a porous material like cotton.

2. Lemon AND sunlight

If you are looking for a low-impact cloth diaper bleach, reach for a lemon. Saturate the stain with lemon juice then hang the diaper in the sun. If the stain is still visible once the diaper is dry, saturate with lemon juice and put out in the sunlight again.

It is easier to remove a stain if you don't hot wash, which sets stains.

3. Don't Sit Too Long

To avoid stains, don't let a dirty diaper sit too long.

  • Dump or spray solids into the toilet.
  • Wash more frequently.

4. Enzyme Cleaners

Spray natural enzymes on soiled diapers. Natural enzymes do work similar to the enzymes in our gut. They break down organic matter. In the case of soiled diapers, if you apply the enzymes to a dirty diaper before dropping it in the diaper pail, this means the enzymes eat away at stains and odor while a diaper sits in the pail.

Some caution that their children are sensitive to laundry products with enzymes, but I used spray-on enzyme cleaner on diapers for two children with no problems at all.

5. Oxygen Bleach

Oxygen bleaches will not bleach colors. They are generally mild enough not to break down the fibers of your cloth diapers. Oxygen bleach is made by reacting molecules with hydrogen peroxide. Most oxygen bleaches work best in hot water.

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