Hand Washing cloth diapers is not a New Concept at all. In fact, back in the days when there were no washing machines, cloth diapering moms would hand washed their baby’s cloth diapers. I remember my mom soaking and hand washing my sister’s diapers. Still, I wouldn’t have thought I would be hand washing cloth diapers because we have a washing machine.
The very first time I hand washed my daughter’s diapers we were away on vacation. Why would I want to hand wash while on vacation…after all I should be relaxing. Well, I had brought along hybrid diapers but found that I preferred to use my prefolds and AIO at nights instead of the hybrids. Since I only had about 4 diapers, it made more sense to toss them in a bucket than in a machine.
The second time I had to hand it was not by choice but out of necessity. You see last week’s storm, Alfred, left us without power for a week so I jolly well had to roll up my sleeves and get washing. Many people today still choose to hand wash their baby’s cloth diapers. If you are not one of those people, it is still good to know how to as you never know when you might need to. By the way, hand washing diapers is not as hard as it sounds.
Lets get to how to wash cloth diapers by hand
You can either use a wash bucket or the bath tub. A wash basin/bucket is ideal for a few diapers and the bath tub for a big load.
Fill bucket or tub with cold water and add diapers. Swish the diapers around to give them a quick rinse. If the diapers are really soiled, you can let them soak for a minutes or overnight. Drain the tub and you are ready to wash the diapers.
Add hot/warm water to the tub/ bucket, detergent and diapers. Scrub the diapers by rubbing or moving the diapers back and forth between your hands. Some moms have reported that they use a plunger to agitate the diapers….for me I like to use my hands. By the way, feel free to wear gloves.
Drain the tub and add water to rinse the diapers out. Wring out the excess water and hang dry on a drying rack etc.
Are there any benefits to hand washing cloth diapers?
Yes, hand washing Gets rid of diaper stains better than the washing machine wash. With hand washing you can really focus on areas that need ‘ extra attention’.
Hand washing is gentler than machine washing so hand washing may extend the life of your diapers.