2. Start simple, and make changes if necessary. The best way to get started with cloth is to choose a wash routine that makes sense for you and requires little change from your previous routine. Rather than buying special detergent for your cloth diapers, try your favorite detergent and see how it works. Just be prepared to strip if your diapers do develop problems.
3. Simplify your stash and follow the manufacturer's guidelines. If you have only one brand of cloth diaper, you can ignore all the conflicting ideas and advice and simply follow the guidelines on the manufacturer's website.
4. When in doubt, rinse. A few extra rinse cycles will solve many of the problems related to your wash routine.
5. Experiment. The best way to find the perfect wash routine is to try different things until you figure out what works best with your diapers, your water, your washing machine, and your baby. No two cloth diapering families have identical laundry factors: the hardness of your water, the sensitivity of your baby, and the specifics of your washing machine will all factor into the effectiveness of your routine.
Finally, keep in mind that getting started is the hardest part. Once you figure out a wash routine that works for you and your diapers, laundering your cloth diapers will feel like even less work than taking out the trash.
Organic Baby Atlanta and teaches workshops on cloth diapers and elimination communication. She's been a mom since 2008 and has never bought a disposable diaper; she hopes she'll never need to!
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