If you cloth diaper, it’s essential to strip your cloth diapers from time to time. Here are eight signs that it’s time to get to work.
If you are a long term cloth diapering parent, you know how important it is to strip your cloth diapers from time to time. But how do you know when the time is right?
Here Are 8 Signs That It’s Time to Strip Your Cloth Diapers
These are the biggest signs that it is way past time to strip those cloth diapers, amiright?!
- You start playing the “Who dealt it?” game
- Laundry becomes a pretty toxic event
- You dread going out in public for fear of weird looks
- You begin to lose your appetite
- Washing your cloth diapers just doesn’t work anymore
- You entertain cheating thoughts
- You have a new worst enemy
- You fight over who’s turn it is to do the diapers
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Okay, So I Need to Strip My Cloth Diapers. How Do I Do It?
There are a couple of different way to strip cloth diapers. The first is an old school, not so “natural” option, but it definitely works.
The process is nice and simple, too. You simply wash your cloth diapers once in super hot water with a little bit of Dawn dish detergent.
Here’s a quick guide:
- Use one teaspoon of detergent for high efficiency machines
- Use one tablespoon of detergent for regular washing machines
You also want to add up to a 1/2 cup of bleach to the wash cycle. Don’t skip this step, as this is key.
Then, do a couple more hot water rinses with no detergent to completely rinse the cloth diapers clean. If you see suds at the end of the rinse cycle, just keep on rinsing!
If you don’t want to use bleach (and I don’t blame you!), you can make a more natural option as an alternative to the bleach.
Pour 1 1/2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup of lemon juice into a one gallon jug. Then, fill the rest of the jug with distilled water.
Once you’ve done this, use 1 cup of this natural bleach when you strip your diapers (versus 1/2 cup of regular bleach). Then, follow the directions above as normal.
To add a fresh scent to the cloth diapers, you can also add 10 to 15 drops of lemon or thieves essential oils to your liquid washing soap for an added cleaning boost and a nice, clean scent.
Still looking for more info? Check out our post on how to strip your cloth diapers for a deeper dive.
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