How to Disinfect Cloth Diapers Without Bleach

May 12, 2009

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Lucky for us the world seems to be on an “all-things-natural” kick.  This means more information and more products available for us.

Every known manufacturer of cleaning products now offers a “green” alternative.  This is great when it comes to cleaning the bathtub, sinks and windows.  But what about the laundry?  How can we get a really deep clean in the washer?

Most of the world still turns to bleach for getting whites whiter and disinfecting contaminated laundry.  However, there are safer, greener alternatives to bleach.

One alternative is Hydrogen Peroxide 3%.  Here is an excerpt from an article I found:

To keep your white clothing looking its whitest without using chlorine bleach, you can try one of the following options.

The first option is to use hydrogen peroxide. For this method, use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. 3% is the standard solution sold at many drugstores and retailers. To check if yours is 3%, read the label. Anything stronger than 3% is dangerous to use in your household.

Pour ½ cup of your hydrogen peroxide in the bleach cup/section of your washing machine. If your washing machine does not have this section, allow the washer to fill to the load level before placing the clothing in the washer and pour the hydrogen peroxide directly into the water. Allow the washer to agitate a few times before placing the clothing in. This distributes the peroxide.

Peroxide, like bleach, can damage certain dyes and fabrics. Test a small inconspicuous area on your garments first, just like bleach. Peroxide is also a disinfecting agent, so if you need something that also gets rid of germs, this works well. It also removes stains, such as those found in cloth diapers and it also removes blood and grass stains.

Another alternative to bleach is white vinegar.  A study by Purdue University found that vinegar was as effective as chlorine-based cleaners at disinfecting.  You can check out the study here.

ETA:

The article referenced applies to hard surface cleaning and would not directly apply to cloth cleaning particularly cloth diapers.

The article itself points out ” a vinegar rinse …, may be effective in reducing microbial contamination. However, when there are health-related concerns (such as the presence of newborns or immunosuppressed family members in the household) that signify the need for microbiocidal action, consumers should be aware that only registered disinfectants have been tested using standard methods to show cidal action.”

A word of note: do not mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.  Both can be combined with baking soda, however, which is a great natural way to remove stains.

Tea Tree oil is another option.  By adding 2 teaspoons (amount found on the Tea Tree oil label) to the washing machine you will achieve the same disinfectant result but with a natural product.  Make sure you are using 100% tea tree oil and not a cheaper mixture.

I found some awesome information on Tea Tree oil at Molly’s Herbals:

First- Be careful when buying Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is available commercially in a range of grades. It is worthwhile to use the best quality oil you can find. Very often, you get what you pay for. Make sure to find out what kind of Tea Tree Oil you are getting.

You want to look at the Cineole and Terpinen-4-ol numbers.

Cineole: The lower the number the better. Tree oils with high cineole content are thought to be of poor quality and more likely to cause skin irritation.

Terpinen-4-ol: The higher the number the better. Terpinen-4-ol appears responsible for most of the antimicrobial activity of tea tree oil.

Australian standard for Tea Tree Oil (AS2782-1985) requires a maximum cineol content of 15% and a minimum terpinen-4-ol of 30%.

Categories of Tea Tree Oil: Cineole / Terpinen-4-ol Concentrations:

  • Pharmaceutical Grade: 3% or less Cineole; 37% or more Terpinen-4-ol
  • Cosmetic Grade: 5% or less Cineole; 35% or more Terpinen-4-ol
  • Technical Grade: 10% or less Cineole; 30% or more Terpinen-4-ol

Properties: aromatic, antiseptic, anesthetic (mild), antibacterial, antimicrobial, disinfectant, fungicide, germicide

History: Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca, was used as a general antiseptic by the aborigine tribes for thousands of years. Aborigines were known to chew on the leaves. It was used as a medicinal agent for cuts, burns, bites and many, skin ailments. Famous British explorer Captain Cook is held as the man responsible for the name ‘tea tree’. In 1770 when he and his men landed at Botany Bay, Cook brewed the leaves of the tree for his men to drink to prevent scurvy. As early as 1923, clinical trials in Australia began to provide scientific evidence for tea tree’s antiseptic and bactericidal properties. Its importance made it standard issue for the soldiers in the Australian Army during World War II.”

Grapefruit Seed Extract has been shown to be 10 to 100 times more effective as a disinfectant than chlorine, colloidal silver, and iodine. Add 20-40 drops to the washing machine, wash or rinse cycle.  Some of the microbes GFSE has been shown to kill include: staph, salmonella, herpes, candida (yeast), E. coli, strep, parasites and more.

Dirty, infected cloth diapers don’t stand a chance against these powerful natural cleaners!


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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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63 Responses to “How to Disinfect Cloth Diapers Without Bleach”

  1. Christina Says:

    Autumn…
    So I have a slew up products noe but wondering how I should use them. I got TTO, liquid clorox, Calgon, oxyclean and my country save of course. I have med hard water so how often should I use a dose of Calgon – and when? First rinse? Hot soak? Hot wash?

    TTO…1x a week? Cold rinse cycle? Or when? And how many drops?

    Oxyclean…again…how often and which part or my wash routine.

    Again…when with the bleach. Monthly? How much?

    Lastly, can I do Calgon And TTO together in the same wash routine? Or oxy and Calgon in the same routine?

    Thank you so much. Dealing with nasty rashes. Destashing my fleece stash for fitteds Anf PFs and also eliminating citrus from my diet as DD is EBF. Thanks a million!!!!

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  2. Ashley Says:

    I think my son has a yeast rash. I’m clearing it up by going to disposables and putting diluted apple cidar vinegar on it and triple paste. I’m wondering about my cloth diapers now. I don’t want him to get the rash back. I usually put a few drops of tea tree oil in the washer when I do laundry. I see the article above says 2 tsp to disinfect…is this enough to kill the yeast? Should I just go buy grapefruit seed extract? I read in another post about 75 drops to kill yeast. I guess I’m wondering if people use white vinegar in the wash and apple cidar vinegar kills yeast why can’t I just dump that into the wash to kill the yeast. Would that work? Would it be about 1/2 a cup or would I need more. I really want the yeast dead before I put him back into those diapers. I’ve never had this problem in a year of cloth diapering so just full of questions

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      You wouldn’t want to add ACV to the wash. TTO is just as good (I like it better) as GFSE. Personally, I’d add bleach (as long as the diapers you have say that’s fine) b/c going through the whole yeast cycle over and over isn’t fun.

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      • Ashley Says:

        Just a few drops of TTO like I normally use? I’m not sure if my diapers are bleach safe….is the bleach for colors just as good or use clorox and let them fade? I have fuzzi bunz, mommy touch, tweedle bugs, nifty nappy, rocky mountain, and amp. 1/4 c bleach? Sorry you need to spell this out for me I know you’ve got tons going on yourself…thanks for the help

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          If you have a top loader just fill the machine and add 1/4 cup bleach. Then let agitate. Then add diapers. The bleach won’t ruin the colors. HOWEVER, if you don’t check each manufacturer’s instructions on washing you could void the warranty. If you have a FL, add the bleach to the compartment. I’d water it down first since I’m not exactly sure how the FL machines dispense the bleach.

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  3. Christina L Says:

    Hi autumn!

    I was directed to your site after asking on an advice column what I should do about a constttaaannnntttt rash on my LO. She did have a yeast infection that I (when I figured it wassss yeast) treated with Lotrimin and sposies. I stripped with dawn but ever since it’s like her bum never clears up. :( I think its worsened with fuzzibunz but it doesn’t really do better in any CD PF or fitted unless I smother her in my weleda cream. And if she sits in poop on accident…oye vey…it really flares up. I have FBz PFs fitteds and a couple hemp inserts what do you suggest? I have med-hard water, use country save, wash everyother day. Should I bleach? TTO? Peroxide??? I just don’t want to deal with this anymore. Her poor bum :(

    Thank you!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      If there is still yeast in the diapers I’d go with bleach. The good/bad news is poop will bother her whether in cloth or sposies. So at least that temptation to throw in the towel is lessened! If the only thing that helps is applying a barrier cream every change then I’d do it but make sure it’s one that won’t cause buildup. Keep an eye on your diapers for any leaking/repelling. I’m sorry you are going through this! One more thought, do you have a TL or FL? Did you make sure ALL the Dawn was rinsed out?

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      • Anonymous Says:

        Ok. Bleach. Do I use liquid clorox? Or oxygen powered powder bleach from country save…will that work? Do I get colorsafe just as a precaution??

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  4. Staci Says:

    This is such a great site! Autumn you are awesome! All this discussion made me think of the spray we use on our veggies. Is it possible that this would be an effective spray to use on diapers as they wait in the pail to be washed or it a food-only application? Baking soda, gfse, distilled white vinegar. http://www.oprah.com/food/Sophie-Ulianos-Veggie-Cleaner-Spray

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I wouldn’t let diapers sit in vinegar. It can break down elastic and PUL and lead to problems if you have hard water (i.e., staining and stink). But, the rest looks good.

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  5. Cheryl Says:

    Hello, Im new at using cloth diapers. This is all new to me. After reading your column. Some of question were answer. Some advise were really helpful. Still I was confused on which to use peroxide or white vinegar? to prerinse? Can I wash with regular detergent after my prerinse? Also after a use cloth diaper. What is good to spray on it before placing it on the pail? That can kill bacteria, peroxide or vinegar until wash day. It scared me after reading that there were bacteria that can stay in the cloth diapers if not disinfected right or wash right. Scared me back to thinking of using disposible instead.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I wouldn’t be scared. The chemicals in disposables scare me. If you want to spray something on the diapers you can make a solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Are you rinsing the diapers in the toilet before putting them in the pail? If you have hard water vinegar isn’t a good idea. Another solution suggestion is water and tea tree oil. Smells better too :) I pre-rinse every wash. I add Bac-out (an enzyme cleaner) to the pre-rinse then wash with Tide. I also do an extra cycle for rinse purposes.

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  6. Melanie Says:

    I’m using a dry pail system and our diapers have become smelly of ammonia since my daughter has turned six months. We bought a high efficiency top loading maytag and I thought it wasn’t washing as well as our old top loader. We’ve since switched to a front loading maytag and I now want to figure out a way to kill the smell. I’d like to try peroxide but you can’t add it to the water and let it mix before adding the diapers like suggested in an earlier post. We have motherease bamboo fiber diapers, which I believe is a mix of bamboo and rayon. I’ve read that synthetics hold on to smells unlike many natural fibers so I wonder you have experience with these types of diapers. Also, we thought our hard water may have caused our diapers to have build-up so we tried adding Calgon as a water softening agent, but that didn’t help. The detergent we use is called indisposables, which is a no residue concentrated detergent.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Alternating detergents is probably the best. I switched to Tide and it was amazing! Now after a few weeks I need to change it up a bit with my Rockin Green because I am starting to smell a teeny bit of something.

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  7. Tarina Says:

    Well there is lots of useful info on this site for sure!!! I have tried so many different types of ways to clean the dipes. Vinegar has yet to fully clean our dipes, and I notice our motherease dipes stink terribly when wet after a vinegar wash. I just tried peroxide and the dipes are al int he drier now… we shall see!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      @Tarina: did you do a vinegar soak and then a regular wash? my friend uses ME and using Bac-Out helped her stink problem.

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  8. Sarah Gesiakowski Says:

    “Another alternative to bleach is white vinegar. A study by Purdue University found that vinegar was as effective as chlorine-based cleaners at disinfecting. You can check out the study here.”

    The article referenced applies to hard surface cleaning and would not directly apply to cloth cleaning particularly cloth diapers.

    The article itself points out ” a vinegar rinse …, may be effective in reducing microbial contamination. However, when there are health-related concerns (such as the presence of newborns or immunosuppressed family members in the household) that signify the need for microbiocidal action, consumers should be aware that only registered disinfectants have been tested using standard methods to show cidal action.”

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  9. Bev Says:

    I have had a lot of success with the Baby OxiClean, but I am having trouble finding it in the stores. And to order online is way too expensive. I have found the OxiClean Free and have used that. I use a much smaller amount than the Baby OxiClean, but is it safe to use for his diapers? I must say the inserts are MUCH softer and fluffier after using the Baby OxiClean.

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  10. Malimum Says:

    Just a note regarding the use of vinegar to disinfect dipes….I use it with every load, it has resolve all my stain and stink issues and it is one of the few things my son doesn’t react to. The thing I wanted to share is that when I was researching this on the internet I had read that vinegar should only be added to the rinse cycle either through your machines dispenser or via a downey ball AND it should only be used if you have soft water. (or a softener system in your home) Apparently it can react with hard water and cause an exacerbation of the buildup and smell problem. While I haven’t personally tested this theory if you have tried vinegar without success this may be why!
    Cheers…..
    malimum

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Malimum, I have also read that using vinegar with hard water can make the situation worse. We do use vinegar though and live in one of the hardest water regions in the U.S. It’s one of the choices you have to make realizing it could get worse.

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  11. Sarah Says:

    Autumn,
    I am having so many problems with my fuzzi bunz causing blister like areas on my sons p***s. I switched from charlies soap to purex and that seems to solve the issue but just started to have problems again? I bleech once a month but an afraid to use bac out due to the enzymes. I read somewhere that can cause skin breakdown bc of the enzymes. Not sure what to do. Love cloth dips and dont want to give it up but hate the discomfort for my little guy. Help …not sure what Im doing wrong???

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Sarah, he could be sensitive to microfleece. It is less common than a sensitivity to suedecloth but it does occur. Do you have any prefolds? If you do you could lay them in the FB, using the FB as a cover. It wouldn’t completely hide the mf from his skin but you would be able to see if his parts clear up.

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  12. Diamonwater Says:

    Becca,
    Have you tried using soapnuts for washing diapers? I use them for all my laundry and have had great success with them. They are really a fruit that has been dried. I don’t need any fabric softener with them, they are pesticide free, chemical free, and actually make the fabric more absorbent because they leave no buildup. It takes a little getting used to because you use so little and you don’t see any suds. I have used them to clean my dogs bedding after accidents, and they come out clean & scent free. I bought mine at Naturoli.com and have been so happy to stop using chemicals and polluting our water. Good luck

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  13. pickles12 Says:

    Becca,
    I know it has been a while since you posted but in case you check here, my nephew had the same problems , the only cream that worked well for him was Cerave.

    Hope he is doing well.

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  14. whiterabbit11 Says:

    1st time posting here, but I was so moved by Becca’s story. Becca, you are such an awesome mum and obviously work very hard to keep your son healthy. I’m sure everyone here salutes you! Have you tried Cetaphil? http://www.cetaphil.com/ It’s very very gentle.
    Here in Australia there’s not many ‘green’ choices & I’m the only mum I know who uses cloth nappies! I’ve only just started with DD at 19 months!

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  15. mar Says:

    hey Autumn, love your site!!i had a question from a couple mo. back wen u were writing about all the toxins in disposables, is there a clorine-free,gel-free disposable? i called tushies today & asked if there completly clorine-free, they said no, but earths best is, but that has gel! any help would be appreciated,thanks!

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  16. Becca Says:

    Any suggestions on type of laundry soap to use for cloth diapers on a day to day basis? My son has such sensitive skin. He has eczema all over his back, shoulders, butt, cheeks, wrists, ankles. We tried cloth diapers for a few weeks, and the eczema was so bad we went back to disposable, (I hate this, I so want to use cloth diapers). I can only wash him in oatmeal and aveeno bath with luke warm water, if he spends more than 10min in the water he is dried out. We have tired so many different kinds of soap; every thing has to be hypoallergenic. This makes me sad, because as a child I was the same way, my mom tells me I just had to grow out of it. The doctor tells me for all that we are doing, his skin looks GREAT, and most kids are blistered and broken skin. (Where I have managed to keep his intact.) We have to lather him in cortisone cream and Vaseline every day. I have tried so many other creams and oils and also nothing at all. I am looking for a good detergent for cloth diapers so we can try again. We live in Michigan, so it is COLD and snows for most of the year we get 3-4 good months of Sun and warm weather on most days. We need HELP. I am open for any suggestions. I have tired every thing I know how. I have tried so many suggestions and we have been in a holding pattern for the last 6 months…HELP.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Becca, first please know that your son is in my prayers. I can’t imagine going through this struggle every day. You are an awesome mommy. As far as laundry soaps I would go with an unscented homemade soap. You can purchase some from Crunchy Clean or do a search on Etsy for others. I would get a sample first and test it out.

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    • Dawn Marie Says:

      Becca,
      I also live in Michigan and we have the same issues.
      I use Cetaphil and it helps but, doesn’t take it away.
      It is very mild and safe for babies. I use the pump soap
      to clean and the cream lotion after baths. You can even use
      Nioxin conditioner for the eczema and leave it on
      the skin. It has Tea Tree in it. As for laundry soap, we
      use ALL free and clear. Hope that helps, I know your frustrations
      and feel your pain;/
      Blessings to you & your family

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    • AMann Says:

      This might be a little late but my kiddos had eczema really bad also….I tried eliminating everything from food to detergents to anything you can possibly think of…really bad…kids couldn’t sleep at night they were so itchy…we finally went to a pediatric dermatologist and we switched , as recommended, to Dove sensitive soap (no residue), cerave or cetaphil extra moisturizing (bought at walmart) cream within 3 minutes of baths, bathing most if not all days a week, moisturize 2 times a day, and we did wet wraps 2 times a day for a week. We treated the area on the body with prescription strength topical steroid and non-streroid for the face. Since that week we spot treat as needed, couple times a week, moisturize 1-2 times a day, bath 5 days a week or so, luke warm water for no more than 10 minutes. Don’t use vaseline was our advise unless its in the winter for chapped skin because it doesn’t allow the skin to exfoliate properly which is why people have eczema in the first place. Hope this helps your sanity…it saved mine!!

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  17. CM Says:

    THANKS! I have another window open as I type this, ordering some of the Lil’ Outlaws Pail Pardner, can’t wait to see how it smells! I’ve become quite the diaper addict…

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  18. CM Says:

    Autumn,

    I have 2 things:

    1. I do a dry pail but when I took my diapers out this morning I had one that had mold on it (I wash every other day!) is there a way to prevent this? – your article on disinfecting is very timely as you can see.

    I do live in FL so I hang my dipes out on the line every time as long as there is sunshine.

    2. I recently read on Wiki that the GSE disinfectant properties are caused by the preservative added to it (which can be very toxic) and not the GSE itself – this came as a huge letdown for me since I used to use it all the time, now I just don’t since I can’t be sure of the preservative.

    Thanks for a great blog, it’s become my go-to!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      CM: because of the heat in FL you may want to try an open lid. if you wash every other day the smell shouldn’t be that bad. I’ve posted about some great pail powders :) I have not heard that about GFSE. The only ingredients in the GFSE that I have is GFSE, vegetable glycerin, and Citicidal. “Citricidal is a natural quaternary compound synthesized from the seed and pulp of certified organically grown grapefruit. The manufacturing process converts grapefruit bioflavonoid (polyphenolics) into an extremely potent compound that has been proven highly effective in numerous applications.” http://www.nutribiotic.com/gse-liquid-concentrate-2oz.html

      I have used GFSE on skin problems (fungus) and it killed it.

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  19. Cristina Says:

    I have bum genius one size pocket diapers. Would peroxide hurt them. If it is safe how much and how often do I use it? I wash my diapers with Charlies Soap and I have had no problem. Do I put the peroxide in with the soap?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      If you aren’t having any problems I wouldn’t go adding something to your system. Peroxide could cause bleach-like spots on your colored diapers but I haven’t heard of that occurring. When I use peroxide I pour about (I just guess) 1/2 cup in the basin.

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  20. bredbånd Says:

    This is what I was looking for disinfecting my sons cloth diapers. I really having a hard time using bleach and these alternative options also whitens the cloth diapers. Thanks to the author.

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  21. Rochelle Says:

    How often would you recommend using the tea tree oil? I’ve also heard that Eucalyptus Oil can be used as an antiseptic. Have you heard anything about Eucalyptus oil?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Rochelle, I have not heard of eucalyptus oil in the wash. I would only use TTO once a week. There are reports of TTO causing problems with little boys so I steer on the side of cautious.

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  22. Elissa Says:

    oops..forgot to ask what type of water to use too. Cold/cold,cold/warm??

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Peroxide can be used in the wash cycle w/ the detergent. I always use cold water. Works great and energy efficient.

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  23. Elissa Says:

    Hi, I just had a quick question.
    When you use the preoxide when do you use it?
    In the pre-wash?

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  24. Liz Says:

    Duh,I didnt even think of GSE! I have some b/c DD has a yeast problem and I take it with OJ. I will have to put some in my wash, thanks Autumn!

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  25. Jen Says:

    How much bac-out do you use for each load of diapers? Do you use it with your detergent or by itself?

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  26. Autumn Beck Says:

    I have searched and searched..and searched for information showing peroxide damaging PUL but didn’t find anything. I have read numerous stories of moms washing their cloth diapers daily in Oxyclean for years with zero problems. A couple of stories said their diapers began to break down. Tea tree oil and bac out are safe to use in the laundry. I use bac out every wash and have for almost a year with no change in the diapers.

    As for vinegar, I would not use it on a daily or even weekly basis. But as needed. Vinegar has been shown to weaken elastic causing it to snap.

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  27. Cheri Says:

    I was also wondering if peroxide was harmful to the pul of aio diapers?

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  28. Lindy Says:

    OK just to clarify… bac-out and Tea Tree oil are not harmful to pocket diapers with PUL? What about vinegar? I thought I read somewhere not to use anything with enzymes. There seems to be a lot of conflicting laundry advice for cloth diapers.

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  29. Dana Says:

    Thank you for this, it’s extremely timely!

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  30. Paula Says:

    Oxiclean Free is the powder version of hydrogen peroxide. It is a higher concentration, but you don’t use much and it’s mixed with the water. I make my own laundry soap using Oxiclean free, Borax & Washing Soda.

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  31. Gillian Says:

    Is hydrogen peroxide harmful to the pul material in the diaper covers and all in one’s?

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  32. Jessica Says:

    Thanks! You had great timing as i was just researching this myself. My son gets foliculitis in the diaper area and also gets rashes if any bacteria is in his diapers. I didn’t like using bleach so i’m going to try out the GSE and possibly the peroxide. Thanks again.

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  33. Kari Says:

    A great way to dispense the vinegar is to use it in a “downey” ball. I fill it up and add it to the wash cycle. I always double rinse so it gets rinsed very well.

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  34. Becky Says:

    Love the article! Thanks for posting it….its good to know you can use something besides bleach if you don’t have it or don’t want to.

    But I was wondering what do you use when disinfecting used cloth diapers??

    Bleach or proxide? Which kills the grems better?

    I recently bought some very good used diapers off Diaper Swappers and want to know the best way to clean them before I use them on my new little one in (due in july).

    Thanks for your help!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      @becky: which one kills better? well bleach is always going to be a better irradicator. that doesn’t mean using a natural method leaves enough microbes to cause illness. if i was in your shoes, i’d feel safe washing used diapers with bac-out (i always use bac-out) and peroxide (or any of the other listed alternatives).

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  35. Candace Says:

    I’ve used vinegar and tea tree oil. But I didn’t realize you needed so much. I usually use bac-out now though.

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  36. VeggieMomma Says:

    I use all of hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, tea tree oil, and GSE in my laundry (not all at once!). I love tea tree oil, but babies can be sensitive to it. I used to have a wet pail for my prefolds and put water with tea tree oil in it. This way, the diapers are disinfecting and you don’t need to use hot water in the wash. Now I just use hydrogen peroxide and the sun! Works great!

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