Make sure the bulk of poopies are not on the diaper. Solid poopies are bad for your washing machine. Some people hook a sprayer up to their toilet, some dunk and swish in the toilet bowl, some keep a spatula by the potty especially dedicated to scraping off poop. If you’re lucky, the poops are “plopable” and you just open the diaper and plop them in the toilet.
Make sure all inserts are pulled out of pocket diapers (except the Blueberry – those work themselves out).
Detergent: It’s the popular opinion of most cloth diaper gurus that powdered Original Tide works best to clean diapers and fight stains. That being said, it’ll be fine to use whatever you have on hand unless it’s homemade or some kind of hippy detergent – then get yourself some Tide. Poop is seriously dirty.
If you or your baby is sensitive to detergents, there are alternatives out there. All hope is not lost. The Cloth Diapering Babycenter group is a great place to troubleshoot sensitivity or stink issues.
Run a short/quick cold wash with detergent to Line 1. This washes away the extra so the second wash can really do some scrubbing.
Run a long hot wash with at least detergent to Line 3.
Remove diaper covers from the wash and hang them to dry (All-in-One diapers can go in the dryer).
Dry the rest in the dryer!
Technically, everything can go into the dryer. But, everything will last longer if you line dry, particularly covers with their PUL lining and elastics. If you do put covers into the dryer (or AIO or pockets), wait until they’re are completely cooled before fiddling with the elastics.
If you have stains on your diapers, that doesn’t mean they aren’t clean. If stains bother you, you can bleach them occasionally (PUL and TPU are color fast and can withstand bleaching). It’s best not to bleach on the regular because it will degrade fibers. A better stain-fighting course of action would be to sun them – lay them out in the sun, line dry them, and maybe toss them the dryer for a few minutes after they’re dry to soften them up. Also, Buncha Farmers stain stick is supposed to be fantastic.
Some say, though, that the best method for storing cloth diapers is in an open hamper with lots of air holes. The air circulation supposedly keeps down the stink. If you use an open pail, choose one with no holes in the bottom and and no holes a couple of inches up. If you choose not to wring out your poopy diapers after they’ve been sprayed off, you don’t want that water puddling on your floor.
Line the back of the diaper up with the belly button general area. Pull the front of the diaper up between baby’s legs and fit it up in the leg creases.
If you’re using rise snaps, fold the “pocket” upwards and tuck the wing a bit so the crease makes a nice line all the way across the front of the diaper. This will make for a nice, neat fit.
Snap the diaper so it’s snug around the legs and waist, but you should be able to fit your fingers inside without too much trouble. On diapers that have two vertical snaps, the bottom snap is for the legs and the top is for the waist. These snaps don’t have to be in line – you can stagger them (does that make sense?) if you need the waist tighter, but the thighs looser. On diapers with two horizontal snaps, the inner snap is for the legs and the outer snap (closer to the tips of the wings) is for the waist.
Check and make sure the diaper is in the leg crease where undies would go, and that all the diaper innards are inside the cover.
Check the back to make sure diaper innards aren’t coming out.
I don’t know much about FuzziBunz – I don’t hear a lot of chatter about them. A positive is that it’s really easy to switch out the leg elastic if/when they wear out. You can also adjust the length of the leg elastic with a little button, which is nice if your baby has super chunky legs or Dobby legs.
In this video, the reviewer explains the leg elastic adjustments.