how to wash

How to Wash How to Wash

Charlie Banana brings you the simplest tips to make
washing your cloth diapers as easy as imaginable!
Charlie Banana brings you the simplest tips to
make washing your cloth diapers as easy as
imaginable!

Take the Stress Out of Cloth
Diaper Care

Whether you are a cloth diapering expert or a
completely new starter, advice on how to wash
your cloth diaper
can be overwhelming.

We have condensed our decades of expertise and
tips from successful cloth diapering parents to give
you everything you need to get washing!

Whether you are a cloth diapering expert or a completely new starter, advice on how to wash
your cloth diaper
can be overwhelming.

We have condensed our decades of expertise and tips from successful cloth diapering
parents
to give you everything you need to get washing!

Simple Steps for Washing
Cloth Diapers

1. Remove solids

Shake any solids directly into the toilet, or
use a diaper sprayer to rinse off solid
residue. No need to pre-rinse diapers that
are only wet with urine.

Shake any solids directly into the toilet, or
use a diaper sprayer to rinse off solid
residue. No need to pre-rinse diapers that
are only wet with urine.

2. Store or pre-treat

Store the diapers and inserts in a moisture-
proof wet bag that you can wash,
like our diaper pail. You can also store them
in a plastic-lined bin or pre-soak them in a
plastic bucket with cold water. It is best not
to let diapers sit unwashed for more than a
few days.

Store the diapers and inserts in a moisture-
proof wet bag that you can wash,
like our diaper pail. You can also store them
in a plastic-lined bin or pre-soak them in a
plastic bucket with cold water. It is best not
to let diapers sit unwashed for more than a
few days.

3. Wash

Wash diapers and inserts separatly from
your regular loads. Remove the inserts first
and throw in machine, with reusable wipes
and wet bags. Wash warm (max 40C/104F),
as high temperatures can damage the
waterproof PUL fabric.

Wash diapers and inserts separatly from
your regular loads. Remove the inserts first
and throw in machine, with reusable wipes
and wet bags. Wash warm (max 40C/104F),
as high temperatures can damage the
waterproof PUL fabric.

4. Dry

The most eco-friendly method it to line dry
your diapers which also makes fabrics last
longer. Sun can also help to naturally
‘bleach’ stubborn stains. Alternatively, you
can tumble dry (low heat) washed diapers
with other clothes to minimize the
environmental impact of drying.

The most eco-friendly method it to line dry
your diapers which also makes fabrics last
longer. Sun can also help to naturally
‘bleach’ stubborn stains. Alternatively, you
can tumble dry (low heat) washed diapers
with other clothes to minimize the
environmental impact of drying.

Tips for stubborn stains
and diaper smells

Dry diapers in the sun to naturally
‘bleach’ stubborn stains.

Deep-clean you washing machine
monthly with vinegar & baking soda
or Tide Machine cleaner.

Place tiny drop of tea tree oil inside
your diaper pail or wet bag.

Pre-treat stains with lemon juice, a
mixture of detergent + water or
non-chlorine bleach.

Fabric softners and detergent with fabric
softeners can cause residue build-up on
diapers that may make them less
absorbent.

High washing or drying temperatures can
damage the PUL fabric and diaper elastics
and void the warranty, thus wash warm
(max 40C/104F) and tumble dry on low.

Chlorinated bleach may fade the cute
prints, so only use non-chlorinated bleach
when needed.

Do not let dirty diapers sit in a diaper pail or
diaper bucket for more than a few days.

Tips

Dry diapers in the sun to naturally
‘bleach’ stubborn stains.

Deep-clean you washing machine
monthly with vinegar & baking soda
or Tide Machine cleaner.

Place tiny drop of tea tree oil inside
your diaper pail or wet bag.

Pre-treat stains with lemon juice, a
mixture of detergent + water or
non-chlorine bleach.

Things to Avoid

Fabric softners and detergent with
fabric softeners can cause residue
build-up on diapers that may make
them less absorbent.

High washing or drying temperatures
can damage the PUL fabric and
diaper elastics and void the
warranty, thus wash warm (max
40C/104F) and tumble dry on low.

Chlorinated bleach may fade the
cute prints, so only use non-
chlorinated bleach when needed.

Do not let dirty diapers sit in a
diaper pail or diaper bucket for more
than a few days.

Still got questions on
How to Wash?

We have you covered!

How do I remove poo from cloth
diapers?

How do I remove poo from cloth diapers?

The fleece diaper lining is designed so that most solids will come off easily. Simply shake off as much solid waste as possible directly into the toilet, remove the diaper insert, and rinse the diaper under running water or using a diaper sprayer. You can also use an old dish brush or silicone spatula to remove any residue. For babies that are exclusively breast-fed you don’t have remove the milky solids, because their poop is water-soluble! For easier clean-up of pasty or solid poo, we recommend using our disposable liners – a thin diaper lining sheet made from plant-based fibers. Once soiled, simply pick up the liner with the mess, shake the solids off into the toilet and dispose of the liner in the garbage. Do not flush.

How should I wash and dry cloth
diapers?

How should I wash and dry cloth diapers?

Remove solids by shaking solid poo directly the toilet, or use a diaper sprayer. Store diapers in a moisture-proof wet bag until laundry day – for example our hanging diaper pail. Remove inserts from the diaper pocket before washing. Wash on warm (max 40C/104F) with a full dose of good quality detergent without fabric softener, and with plenty of agitation. For a deeper-clean, you can run a second wash on cold or warm, again with a full dose of a good quality detergent. Wash your reusable wipes and wet bag with your diapers. Hang to dry (sunning also reduces stains!) or use the tumble dryer on low. Polyester fabrics do not require high temperatures to get thoroughly clean, and high washing or drying temperatures may damage the PUL and elastic and hence will void our warranty.

What is the best detergent for cloth
diapers?

What is the best detergent for cloth diapers?

For cloth diapers, always choose a detergent without fabric softener. Many cloth diaper parents prefer powder detergents like Tide Original powder or Tide Ultra Oxi, but liquid detergents like Tide Free & Gentle or new Tide for Baby Cloth Diaper detergent are also well-suited for cloth diapers, as they are hypoallergenic and don’t leave residue. It is a myth that liquid detergents leave more residue on fabrics than powder, because build-up is caused by fatty acids in dirty laundry combined with minerals in hard water. So it is important to clean diapers well by using a detergent with plenty of surfactants, to not skimp on the detergent dosage and to ensure plenty of agitation during the wash cycle. The fabrics in Charlie Banana diapers are designed to be washed at lower temperatures.

Can I use fabric softener, bleach
or other additives?

Can I use fabric softener, bleach or other additives?

For cloth, always chosse a detergent without fabric softener. Many cloth diaper parents prefer powder detergents like Tide Original powder or Tide Ultra Oxi, but liquid detergents like Tide Free & Gentle or new Tide for Baby Cloth Diaper detergent are also well-suited for cloth diapers, as they are hypoallergenic and don't leave residue on fabrics than powder, because build-up is caused by fatty acids in dirty laundry combined with minerals in hard water. So it is important to clean diapers well by using a detergent with plenty of surfactants, to not skimp on the detergent with plenty of surfactants, to not skimp on the detergent dosage and to ensure plenty of agitation during the wash cycle. The fabrics in Charlie Banana diapers are designed to be washed at lower temperatures.

How do I get rid of stains on cloth
diapers?

How do I get rid of stains on cloth diapers?

Charlie Banana&Reg; diapers with fleece lining are designed to resist stains. For subborn stains, try 'sunning' your washed diapers and inserts so the UV rays can naturally 'bleach' stains. If it is not possible to sun-bleach, we recommend a deep-clean with non-chlorine bleach (rinse thoroughly) or a detergent with oxygenated bleach like Tide Ultra Oxi powder. You can also spot-treat stains with a mixture of detergent+water, or with a stain remover or spot-treater. Make sure to wash after spot-treatment.

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