Bleaching cloth diapers are generally considered to be a big no-no. However Bleaching cloth diapers at the right time, for a right cause and in a right way will do no harm to your cloth diapers. This blog covers everything you need to know about Bleaching.
What is Bleaching?
Bleaching is a process of disinfecting cloth diapers when all the other methods fail (Hot water rinses, Sun-drying etc)
When do I Bleach my Cloth Diapers?
You can bleach your cloth diapers once a year or so if it gives the following issues –
- Ammonia Build Up – If you have been facing strong ammonia smell on your soakers, you can first try hot water rinses. If that doesn’t work, you may bleach them.
- Yeast Infection – If your baby has recently had a yeast infection or a UTI, it is ideal to disinfect cloth diapers before using them again.
- Molds – A lot of times you may experience black spots on your diapers and soakers. These are called as molds. They occur if the diaper is left damp/wet or unwashed for longer hours. In such cases, you may want to bleach cloth diapers.
Which Bleach can I use?
It is vital to choose the right bleach for bleaching cloth diapers. You may choose Clorox
Liquid (buy link) (Non-scented ones) to bleach. If it is difficult to source Clorox, you may use Rin Ala.
HOW TO BLEACH CLOTH DIAPERS?
Step 1 :
Wash your Diapers using the normal wash routine. Do note- you should only bleach after the diapers are washed thoroughly. NEVER
put dirty diapers directly for bleach
Step 2 :
Take cold water in a bucket. Add 5 Ml of Clorox bleach for EACH Litre of water. (If you are using Rin Ala, follow the quantity mentioned in the bottle).
Dilute the bleach in the water well by stirring using a spatula or a mug.
Please be careful using hands since bleach will irritate the skin.
Step 3 :
Add diapers one by one.
Separate the diapers and snappable insert to be sunk completely in the water.
Keep it for a minimum of 30 minutes and not more than 45 minutes. No need to add the diaper shells unless the baby has had yeast or if the shells have molds
Step 4 :
Take out the Diapers and rinse in hot water once before putting them in the machine.
Step 5 :
Add the Diapers in the machine, run a 30 minutes hot wash (40-degree minimum and not beyond 60 degrees) once without detergent and again once with detergent.
Step 5 :
Make sure the bleach is completely washed out. Smell the diapers- If you feel it has bleach smell -do a hot wash once more with/ without little detergent till the smell is gone.
Line dry for drying, ideally in sun
If you have hard water please add a water softener in all the washes
Additional Tip : Do not bleach the diapers in hard water. Chlorine can react with the iron that has dissolved in your hard water and cause stains (source).