Cloth Diapering 101: The Basics to Washing Cloth Diapers

It seems like every cloth diaper manufacturer has its own set of rules when it comes to the dos and don’ts of washing cloth diapers. But what if you own several brands – do you have to wash your diapers separately?  No!  That would stink, so to speak.

What we recommend is coming up with a washing routine that works for you and still abides by generally accepted washing principles, which we will outline below:


  • No bleach
  • No oils
  • No over-the-counter detergents
  • No high heat in dry cycle


  • Rid of solids over toilet before washing
  • Run a cold rinse cycle first before washing
  • Wash on hot water cycle
  • Use cloth diaper approved detergent like Rockin’ Green
  • Use a cold rinse at end of cycle to rid of extra detergent (prevents soap and residue build-up)
  • Line dry diapers or dry on low heat in dryer
  • Occasionally sun your diapers – it’s great for getting rid of stains and stink

Check with the diaper’s manufacturer if…

  • You want to use tea tree oil or other scents
  • You want to use vinegar to rid of stink
  • You want to use an over the counter detergent brand (beware, it may ruin your diapers!)
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