How to wash cloth diapers

Here are the 5 most common mistakes moms make while washing cloth diapers:

Washing cloth diapers in the wrong amount of water or detergent:

Using the right amount of detergent is extremely vital. Using less detergent or less water will not make the cloth diapers clean enough for the next use. Using more detergent will lead to detergent built up, leading to problems in absorbency. The durability of the soakers also depends on your wash routine.

Not washing the cloth diapers regularly:

Not washing the used cloth diapers for more than 2 days affects its performance in the long run. While washing everyday is highly recommended, washing once in every two days is also fine.

Washing the cloth diapers gently:

Washing cloth diapers in the washing machine makes them cleaner with less effort. They can be even spin dried. However, if you are washing them by hand, it is important to wash them with good agitation so that the pee is removed completely and the diapers are fresh enough for the next use. They don’t need a gentle wash. Do not use a brush on them. You may use a tooth brush once in a while to scoop out the poop properly (do that gently though).

Using disinfectants like Dettol:

Dettol is not recommended on cloth diapers. The additives on Dettol can cling to the fabric and cause irritation. In order to sanitise cloth diapers, washing well and sun drying them is the best option. Also read –  Stink in your cloth diapers?

Choosing the wrong detergents:

To wash diapers it is important to avoid the use of liquid detergents and soap bars. Liquids contain softeners and additives which are not recommended, while soaps leave residue which leads to detergent built up. You can use any main stream detergents which don’t contain fragrances, softeners and additives. For that matter, Surf Excel regular detergent is recommended.

Still have doubts? Superbottoms can help you!

29 thoughts on Common Mistakes in Washing Cloth Diapers

  • ShwetaSeptember 20, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Can I use Wheel for washing diapers

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    • SuperBottomsSeptember 24, 2019 at 3:19 am

      Hi Shweta,
      We definitely don’t encourage using any detergents except for Surf Excel Easy Wash or Tide Original. These contain no additives and scents and therefore will not affect the absorbency or the fabric of the diaper. Please follow only the recommended wash routines for best results.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

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      • Priya KandiyalDecember 10, 2019 at 6:40 pm

        I am only using surf not the surf Excel easy wash while cleaning diaper. Is that okay?

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        • SuperBottomsDecember 14, 2019 at 4:29 am

          Hi Priya,
          We recommend only using the detergents that have no additives and fragrances. As per our research, Surf Excel Easy Wash and Tide Original are the only ones that pass this test. Any others you use may affect the absorbency of the diapers.
          Regards,
          Team Superbottoms

          Reply
  • AhamedSeptember 25, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    How much detergent (in quantity)should be taken to wash single diaper

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    • SuperBottomsSeptember 27, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Ahamed,
      It is difficult to say exactly how much detergent should be taken. It depends on various things like the size of your bucket/ washing machine, the amount of water used, and so on. A good rule to go by is that by the end of your wash, the diaper should smell fresh, while the last rinse should produce clean water that is free of any detergent suds. If you see many suds appearing in the water, it may be too much detergent.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • Mounika GarimidiSeptember 26, 2019 at 9:35 am

    after wash uno taken long time to dry way

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    • SuperBottomsSeptember 27, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Mounika,
      Thank you for sharing. If the diaper is spin-dried in the machine, it typically dries in half a day. We recommend buying and stocking atleast 2-3 diapers so you can use them in rotation. You might also want to try our Magic Soakers, which work exactly the same but are designed to dry in half the time. For any support or queries, we are always available on call/WhatsApp at 9819313426
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • ChithraOctober 13, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Hi, Can I use liquid baby laundry detergent to wash these cloth diapers? Thanks in advance.

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    • SuperBottomsOctober 15, 2019 at 2:59 am

      Hi Chithra,
      It is not recommended to use any liquid detergents. We only recommend Surf Excel Detergent Powder. Liquid detergents have fragrances and additives that affect the fabric and its absorbency.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • BALAOctober 17, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Hi,
    While using cloth diapers i may found the baby skin become black…can u plc suggest me for this…my baby is heavy wetter, since i haved changed cloth or disposable diapers once in every 4 to 5 hrs but still it seems her skin change black…

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    • SuperBottomsOctober 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Bala,
      We can assure you that your baby’s skin could not turn black after the use of a cloth diaper. Besides, it is quite normal for skin around the genital area to be darker than the rest of the body. Our diapers contain no chemicals or scents and are made of certified organic cotton. You might want to try wiping your baby clean during every diaper change. For any support or queries, we are always available on call/ WhatsApp at 9819313426.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • Archana VeerabahuNovember 11, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Can I use surf excel liquid detergent?

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    • SuperBottomsNovember 14, 2019 at 3:06 am

      Hi Archana,
      We only recommend Surf Excel Easy Wash Detergent powder. Liquid detergents can affect the fabric’s absorbency and damage it.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
      • ArchanaNovember 21, 2019 at 12:10 pm

        I have a front load washing machine.. can I use the Surf excelmatic front loading detergent powder, which I regularly use? As that is meant for washing machines rather than surf excel easy wash, which i thought was for hand wash use ?

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        • SuperBottomsNovember 23, 2019 at 1:37 am

          Hi Archana,
          The detergent is just marketed as a front-load machine detergent powder. Surf Excel Easy Wash may be used instead.
          We assure you that this detergent is being used on our diapers in all sorts of washing machines, and works perfectly fine.
          Regards,
          Team Superbottoms

          Reply
  • PradeepthiNovember 11, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Hi,

    Can we use surf excel matic detergent powder? I have used it for first time wash.

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    • SuperBottomsJanuary 6, 2020 at 6:10 am

      Hi Pradeepthi,
      We recommend only Surf Excel Easy Wash detergent for best results.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • JohnprasadmedaNovember 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I order cloth daiper in first time please tell me how to clean the daiper before using on my baby

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    • SuperBottomsNovember 14, 2019 at 3:31 am

      Hi there,
      Prepping is basically a process of preparing diapers to be fully absorbent.
      All our diapers get fully absorbent after one wash. You may wash the diaper normally, using Surf Excel.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • NehaNovember 18, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hi can i use surf, excel quick wash instead of surf excel easy wash for washing cloth diapers??

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    • SuperBottomsNovember 19, 2019 at 7:46 am

      Hi Neha,
      Surf Excel Easy Wash is preferred, but you may use Surf Excel Quick wash if it’s unavailable.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • Megala Surya Sampath KumarNovember 28, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Can you please give tips to reduce odour from diaper.i bought super bottoms plus uno. Some smell comes from diaper after urinating once

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    • SuperBottomsDecember 5, 2019 at 4:58 am

      Hi Megala,
      While the slight smell is okay after the diaper has been on the bum for more than three hours. Cloth diapers do tend to stink a bit because they don’t have chemicals like those of disposable diapers. But they should smell fresh after wash. If they don’t smell fresh, then it could be ¬that the diapers are not getting cleaned enough.
      CHECK 1: Do your diapers smell clean just after the wash? They should smell like clean clothes do. If not, then increase the amount of detergent and change the wash cycle to get more cleaning action.
      CHECK 2: If diapers typically come out clean after wash but stink after they are peed in, it could be a detergent build-up. Solution: Rinse the washed diapers in hot water for a few days. If this doesn’t help, take a half a bucket of water and put exactly one drop of Pril dishwashing Liquid and soak the washed diapers for 10-20 mins. Wash the diapers again.
      Hope this helps!
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
  • AkshathaDecember 1, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Hi Team, Can I use baby safe organic detergent powder to machine wash cloth diaper covers, soakers and fleece liners? And can I use baby comfort (softner) ?

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    • SuperBottomsDecember 5, 2019 at 4:52 am

      Hi Akshatha,
      We do not recommend any organic detergents except for Surf Excel Easy Wash, as it contains no additives and fragrances. Most other detergents that contain added fragrances affect the absorbency of the diapers, and damage the fabric.
      Regards,
      Team Superbottoms

      Reply
    • Sonu chaudharyDecember 17, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      M pahli baar kapde ka daioar ordar kar raha hu kya ye sahi h

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      • SuperBottomsJanuary 3, 2020 at 9:49 am

        Hi Sonu,
        Please do reach out to us if you have any difficulties placing your order. Our helpline is 9819313426.
        Regards,
        Team Superbottoms

        Reply
      • SuperBottomsJanuary 3, 2020 at 9:49 am

        Hi Sonu,
        Please do reach out to us if you have any difficulties placing your order. Our helpline is 9819313426.
        Regards,
        Team Superbottoms

        Reply

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