Cloth Diaper Blog Hop of August - My Wash Routine

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I want to give a shout out to! I left a link to their awesome weekly cloth diaper giveaway roundup in a previous post (If you haven't already, you should definitely check that out). But anyway, a few days ago I stumbled upon more awesomeness from - their neat monthly cloth diaper blog hop . I had to take the opportunity to link-up, so without further ado, here is my first post dedicated to the Cloth Diaper Blog Hop!

August #clothdiapers #bloghop - my wash routine

This month's selected topic is.... Wash Routine!

Now, before I even begin, I'll have you know that I live in apartments without washers and dryers in-unit. There is a laundry room on the property, but as you can see below the machines have limited options. It's not exactly a cloth diaper mama's dream situation, but I make do.

In my house, dirty diapers are conveniently stored in our extra bathroom so that we can easily rinse soiled diapers as well as turn the bathroom's exhaust fan on for any smells. Our large wet bag sits next to the tub, and I keep a "secret" wet pail behind the shower curtain where our few particularly dirty inserts soak in water and white vinegar (note: wet pail water needs to be changed daily).

Sneaky, sneaky 

Our apartment complex's washing machines lack a pre-rinse option. Technically, if I wanted to do a cold rinse and then a hot wash I would have to pay twice and put the diapers through 2 washes. Of course, being crafty... and cheap, I created my own 15-minute loophole to save $1 and still give our diapers that super beneficial cold pre-rinse. It only requires elbow grease and 2 tools you may already have on hand: a plunger and a bucket! Although I just use my "wet pail." What are we going to do with a plunger and a bucket? Stick all your dirty diapers in the pail, fill it with cold water, and agitate with the plunger. It's a handwash pre-rinse! Fill, agitate, drain, and repeat until the water looks relatively clean. Then wring out your semi-clean diapers. The rest is easy-breezy. I then head to the laundry room and stick my diapers in for a hot wash with my Crunchy Clean cloth diaper detergent, which I spoke of in a previous post. When the wash is finished, I strap my son into the Ergo and head on over to the washateria. 

By the way, I have to thank Jenni from Story of My Life for her blogging advice on writing about your life. She has inspired me to add a little splash of me into more of my posts.

Heading back to the original subject now: I separate my PUL-lined diapers for hang drying to prevent damage. The rest are thrown in the dryer on medium heat with 4 of my heavenly jasmine-scented dryer balls. And voila! Beautiful, clean, jasmine-scented fluff!

When my son was about a month old, I actually tried to fully handwash our diapers using the bucket method, but the tired postpartum mommy me wasn't having it. Besides, it takes forever to hang dry diapers indoors, and I found I needed 2 runs through the apartment's dryers to fully dry them after a handwash. I figured I might as well just use the washers.

How do you wash your fluff? Share your routine in the August Cloth Blog Hop!

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