Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cloth Diaper Care Detergents and Accessories

Cloth diapering can be a little overwhelming sometimes.  Let's just be honest, we've all thought it at one point or another.  One thing that can be quite confusing is which accessories, soaps, and care products are safe to use with cloth diapers.  A lot of main-stream diapering products (ie disposable products) really aren't made to be used with cloth.  From detergents to rash creams, these products can interfere with the function of your diapers, but never fear- Thanks Mama has all of your diaper care needs taken care of!

First let's talk about diaper care.

If you use wool covers, you will need to hand-wash and lanolize your covers every so often.  We have several kinds of wool wash and lanolin available.  Try Sheepish Grins Foaming Wool Wash and Sheepish Grins Creamy Lanolin Spray.  Get that wool all clean and fresh and ready to rock another night.  Sheepish Grins has a great line of wool care products that take the guess-work out of wool.

All other kinds of diapers, flats, fitteds, prefolds, covers, all in ones, etc can be washed in your washing machine, but you do have to be careful about the detergent you use as not all are created equal.  When it comes to washing cloth diapers, you want to stay away from brighteners, enzymes, whiteners, and dyes.  We carry Bambino Mio detergent products as well as BumGenius Diaper Detergent and three different lines of Rockin Green Soap that are tailored to your water type.  Each of these detergents are cloth safe and will also work well on your regular wash.  Formulated especially for cloth diapers, these detergents will help take the guess-work out of your washing routine.  From knowing what is a good amount of detergent, to exact care instructions specifically for cloth diapers.

Along the lines of washing, stains may be an inevitable part of cloth diapering, but you don't have to live with them.  The sun, of course, is a great option for stain removal, but there are also plenty of options when it's a rainy or cloudy day that will still help bust that stain.  Wash Away Stain Soap and Imse Vimse Gall Soap Natural Stain Remover will both allow you to pre-treat your diapers and get them looking sparkly and new again.  These cloth-safe stain removers are great for treating stains in those hard-to-sun places of your diapers such as the leg elastic casings.  Wet your diapers, treat the stain, and throw them in the wash.  When they come out looking good as new, you'll feel like you've just gotten a brand new diaper.

Now it's time to talk about bottom care.

Most babies do much better in cloth than they do in disposable diapers as far as rashes are concerned, but occasional rashes are usually just a part of diapering.  Dealing with rashes can be frustrating, but you do have great cloth-safe rash cream options available.  Stay away from creams with zinc and petroleum jelly and opt instead for some Emily Baby and Adult Skin Soother.  This cloth-safe cream with help soothe dry skin, rashes, and eczema, and won't create build up on your diapers

To clean your little one's bum and help keep rashes at bay, Sheepish Grins Washy Wafers are an excellent and super easy option.  Just add one to two wafers to a cup of hot water, swirl it around to help it dissolve, and you're ready to go!  Pour the wipes solution into a wipes warmer, or put it in a spray bottle to use at each diaper change.  However you choose to use it, this wipe solution will clean and soothe your baby's bottom, and hopefully help keep rashes at bay!

Check out our full line of Cloth Diaper Care products.  We've got you covered with everything you need to keep your diapers going strong for years and years.  They're an investment, so take care of them with great products designed specifically for Cloth!

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