Diaper laundry should not be intimidating; there are so many complicated washing instructions out there.
Well I am not a self proclaimed diaper expert I can tell you what works for me after having children in diapers for 7 years nonstop.
1) Start with removing solids. I hold the diaper over the toilet and let the solids fall out. If it doesn’t fall out I don’t stress about it. If this makes you squeamish Bummis makes great flushable liners that can be flushed in the toilet.
2) Put the diapers in the washer. Makes sure all Velcro is fastened to the laundry tab. Most pockets will have the inserts taken out; unless they are Sweet Peas (they will agitate out on their own).
3) I do a warm pre rinse. Why warm? Because I find it takes the left over solids off the diapers better.
4) My wash cycle I use 3 tablespoons Rockin' Green Hard Water formula. It seems to work best with my water. My water softness all depends on if the salt in the water softener has gotten low or not. I use hot water on power wash and one cold rinse. I know some of you may gasp that I am not doing a double rinse. My washer machine does not have that option and I find I can get away without it.
5) I hang dry everything, all year round. In the summer everything gets on the clothes line. Winter I hang them on a clothes rack over night in front of my corn stove. I then take them and fluff them in the dryer on low heat in the dryer for a few minutes just to soften up the diapers and makes sure they are totally dry.
And there you have it, my simple washing instructions for cloth diapers.