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Washing My Cloth Diapers: Experiment Day 3

I know you’re probably just dying to know if the poop stains came out. I was nervous and excited to take my diapers out of the wash–Specifically the shells, and see how they turned out with the poop stains. Like I mentioned in my last post about the experiment, poop has stained a few of Lil’ J’s cute outfits, from previous blowouts, so I’ve been skeptical about them coming out of her diapers.

I pulled the out of the wash last night and here’s how they looked:

clean cloth diapers

Like new! I did spray a squirt of shout on them but I’ve been told that can mess up the waterproofness of the covers, so I’m going to resist next time and see if they’ll still get cleaned.

I also didn’t know (probably because my husband has been doing the laundry) that warm/hot water sets the stains, so from now on I’ll rinse with cold first. But I don’t think I’ll need to worry about poop staining until she begins cereal/solids starting next month.

People don’t seem to agree whether or not sun will fade the colors on the diapers or not. But everyone does seem to agree that the sun will lift any stains in the diapers.

Today was Day 3 of wearing the cloth diapers. I woke up before my daughter, got ready and left for work, only to find that I didn’t have to be there until that afternoon.

When I got back home my husband had put Lil’ J’s first diaper on for the day–Backwards.

I had laid it out for him with the insert already placed in it but he didn’t remember which side was front (even though there’s a tag in the back). I reminded him of that and fixed it.

I just made this video to show how the Sprout Change cloth diapering system works. Since someone asked about what was what with the inserts and the covers:

I can say these diapers have been very husband-friendly so far. Which is nice because since I’m working, he’s gotta do a lot of the changing. These also are very daycare-friendly too since the center can just put the cloth inserts in a bag you leave and you deal with the washing later. They aren’t doing much more than they’d normally do with disposables. And I know in daycare they change diapers a lot (having worked in one I remember the requirements).

Using the diapers today started out not so fun. Lil’ J has still been fussy during diaper changes and she doesn’t have a rash or anything so I’ve been at a loss. I called home during a break and my husband told me she was still acting that way so I sent a tweet asking if there’s an “adjustment phase” to cloth diapers.

Some people suggested that she may be upset because she feels “more wet” in cloth diapers than she did in disposables. So I told my husband to change her more frequently–We have enough inserts–and to see if that helped.

It did for the most part.

When I got home from work tonight I asked him how it went.

“I like these diapers a lot,” he said. “I hated them at first, but now I actually like them.”

He then went on to praise me for breastfeeding and said “If we keep using these, and you keep breastfeeding we can save a lot of money.” True true.

I’m already thinking what I want to splurge on as a reward for my pumping and laundry efforts.

My husband likes the microfiber/cotton inserts better than the organic ones because they seem to be more absorbent. And poop only got on one of the shells today. I forgot to tell him not to spray Shout or anything on it like we do for clothes so out of habit he did. Next time we’ll both have to resist that.

What he told me he DOESN’T like is the fact that she doesn’t nap as long… Which he’s convinced is because she pees and feels wet while she’s sleeping and wakes up. He said today she only took 20-30 minute naps when normally she’ll sleep for an hour or two. I’m not sure what we’ll do about that. Maybe after the next wash they’ll be more absorbent?

Lil’ J doesn’t seem to be as ornery now, perhaps cause we’re changing her more. Or maybe she is starting a teething phase. She’s drooling a lot and chewing on her hands. A commenter mentioned that and it reminded me that she’s coming up on that age. (Yay–Breastfeeding’s about to get real fun).

We all seem to be getting used to cloth diapers now–My husband, Lil’ J and I. Poop doesn’t seem as gross to me now. I guess because it’s like “Eww… But I can wash my hands” I mean, it’s not like I’m eating it.

I’m still anxious to see how our energy bill will be next month. A commenter suggested a diaper service but I’m sure that would be much more expensive for us. Especially considering we already have cloth diapers, and a washer and dryer.

I know I’m helping the environment a bit by not creating as much waste, but I’m still curious about the energy usage. I may try stringing a clothes line across my balcony and hanging the diapers to dry to do be a bit “greener.”

Wow. I feel like I’ve just traveled back in time. What will I do next?


This is a great serious. I’m glad your doing it. Bum Genius has a stay dry liner in their pocket diapers which is supposed to keep the baby feeling dry. That might work for nap times for you guys.

YUMMama says:

I always dried Moo’s baby clothes by hanging them on hangers on shower rod. It works out perfectly if you hang them in the master bath where your guests won’t see them if you have two bathrooms. It saves money on your energy bill and you don’t have to worry about bugs getting in the clothes if you hang them outside.

Glad that you all are adjusting well to the cloth diapers.

Katie says:

I haven’t had any trouble with sun bleaching out colors, but that’s just my experience

I love when dads like cloth diapering! These mean should trust us more often! 😉

EmberRose says:

A lot of daycares can’t take cloth diapered kids no matter how quick and easy they are. 🙁

And her feeling wet right away is supposed to help with potty training down the road!!! 😀

Jennifer says:

All babies start a slobbering stage at about this age; it doesn’t necessarily mean teething. My second one started slobbering at three months and didn’t cut a tooth until about nine months. You could always put her in a diaper right before nap. What would that be? Three diapers a day?

Maria says:

I’ve never had trouble with the sun fading my diaper colors. If the diaper inner is microfleece, she shouldn’t feel wet as long as the insert isn’t soaked. You do need to change cloth about every 2 hours or so. You might want to add a doubler in for naps if you aren’t already. Mirofiber/hemp is GREAT for that. The microfiber whisks the moisture away quickly and the hemp locks it away.

Chantel says:

Yeah, teething baby and breastfeeding makes for good times. When my son started getting teeth, he bit me quite a few times. He actually drew blood. It was painful, but we worked through it. He doesn’t bite me at all now, and he’s got 9 teeth. I do still cringe a little bit though. Memories. Babyganics also makes a great stain remover called Stain Stain Go Away that would probably work to get those stains out of her clothes. I read lots of great reviews on it, and bought some and I love it. It works great. It’s even got a few set in stains out.

You could get a few pocket diapers for naptime and maybe overnight. We use Rumparooz and they pull the wetness into the inserts, away from baby.

Elaine says:

A lady I babysit who used cloth diapers on all 3 of her little ones said I should tell you to try to dry the shell’s without the dryer. Overtime the elastic gets worn out, she said, because of all the heat. She uses the “bum genius” brand but says it’s the same thing. She normally lays them out to dry on top of the dryer or on an indoor drying rack 🙂

Jay says:

I’m loving the cloth experiment saga! No kids for us (yet), but I’m really looking forward to using cloth diapers. I’ve been planning to try Fuzzibunz and BumGenius, but these Sprout Changes (and I guess the alternative brand, Flips) have some appeal — maybe I’ll get a couple to try out when the time comes!

Heather says:

I can see how you would save money with breastfeeding but not with cloth diapers. Not only are you paying for the cost of the diapers but you have to do extra laundry so that means more water, laundry soap, stain remover, electricity, Also I think that you would also have more chance of diaper rashes so that would mean some sort of cream as well.

Four months is really early for teething. And teething with nursing isn’t too bad. There are some good tricks to making her not bite if she gets in the habit.

Try putting 1/2 c of white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser in the washer. It will help remove irritants and smells from the cloth diapers and covers.

Sounds like things are going great! Keep up the good work.

carolpie says:

This looks good and I really like the inserts. It’s all so cute and comfy looking, too.
My hubby used to have the kids tops on backwards when he would dress them. LOL

Mrs. K says:

I’m glad you are documenting everything because this will make life a lot easier for my husband and I when we have a baby. You can bet I will be referring back to your blog a lot. Glad your cloth diaper experiment is going well. And good for you for keeping up with the breastfeeding. I hope I will do the same when the time comes.

Mammatalk says:

Good for you. So glad you’re giving it a whirl.
As always, this was a very interesting read! :+)

I love your Cloth Diapering Experiment and it’s getting me excited to start CDing. I’m almost 19 weeks pregnant and am going to CD this new baby. I have chosen to go with GroVia, Best Bottoms & Sprout Change systems. Thanks to you, I found Sprout Change. You may also like GroVia & Best Bottom, they have about the same system.

Also, did you know you can use Bac-Out for stains & odor elimination. You can squirt it on the wet/soiled diaper & put it in your pail until wash day or can squirt it in your first cold rinse cycle. I am a member of the BabyCenter Cloth Diapering board and lots of CDing moms recommend it. Click here to get a great deal on Bac-Out. It’s the first one. I purchased 4 bottles.

Michelle says:

I’m new, but I wanted to comment to let you know that if you can deal with the “ick” factor, you can hand wash the liners, or any clothes for that matter, with dishsoap. It can actually get out almost any stain. We kept a bottle under the bathroom sink when our daughter was a baby and did a quick scrub and it always worked perfectly. You’ll have to find out if the dishsoap is okay for the inserts, but I can’t imagine it being a problem for the pretty liners and other clothes.

I also wanted to add that I love all the detail you are putting into this. I would like to use cloth for our next baby, and it all seems so overwhelming. This is very helpful for me. Thank you!

Thanks so much for all of your comments, links etc. I appreciate it!

Heather, I’m totally going to get some of that spray stuff! Thanks for the tip!

Mommy Bee says:

Breastfeeding poop stains come out in sunshine. That has worked EVERY time for me. Even once it’s part-breastfeeding/part-solids poop, that still suns out pretty well.
So hang them out on a line (my sister hung a line across the little balcony from her apartment, or I’ve set them on windowsills or even the dashboard of my car LOL!)
I’ve never used sprays of any kind on my diapers. I have heard good things about bac-out like others mentioned, but I have not used it myself. Just sunshine. 🙂

If you choose to use dishsoap, you will have to rinse them about a dozen times to get it all out, because if any stays in the diaper then it fills in the pores of the fabric (think of it like not fully rinsing your face after washing it), and that will make the diapers leak. You have to rinse over and over until no more suds come out.

sssdawna says:

sometimes the good old fashioned way is best ; ) thank you sooo much for sharing this with us. i’m pretty sure i’ll be babysitting my “nephew” so this is a wonderful learning tool!

Roy says:

Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Finding the time and actual
effort to generate a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never seem to get anything done.

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