Sometimes the stubborn spontaneous me will resist routine.
I have successfully convinced myself that if I say I have a routine I will somehow be classified as boring.
Although I won’t say I have a routine anyone who looks at my daily life will plainly see that it varies little from day to day.
Routine? Okay, I’ll admit I have one. Ready at any moment to break the routine? Absolutely. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to not cook, teach, or clean?
However, I will happily stick with my very boring, very routine cloth diaper wash schedule!
It’s so simple my children can do it or my husband or anyone who walks in the door and can turn a knob.
Making things easier is the fact that I’m still in the sweet spot for cloth diapering. You know the sweet spot. Baby is exclusively breastfed and poops are a nice water soluble liquidish consistency. No sprayer needed. No dunking or swishing necessary. Just take off and toss in wet bag.
That sweet spot.
Maybe it’s because Finley is my 5th child to cloth diaper but washing cloth diapers has never been easier. Ya I’m pretty sure that’s it because almost every aspect of parenting is easier with Finley. Kinks have been worked out (of course new ones are always appearing) and I roll with “issues” with a cool attitude….most of the time.
My wash routine is no big elaborate hush hush secret.
But maybe something here will be the key to your washing woes and if you are having problems I say DON’T STRESS! We can work it all out.
Are you ready for my boring routine?
Dump in washer.
Wash in cold water for prerinse purposes.*
Wash in hot (or warm) with Purex detergent.
Wash in cold on QuickWash setting for 2nd rinse purposes.
Pull out wetbags and AI2 shells (covers) and air dry.
Toss inserts and AIOs in dryer.
Super easy, huh? Here are the details on my machine and water type. I have a GE top loader, it agitates but not hard like the old kind (I wish it did). Water here in LA County is considered “very hard” by testing measures.
I used to fear hard water until I had the privilege of comparing it to salt pellet softened well water. Here in California I have no problems with the diapers stinking or causing rashes. In Texas Finley suffers from serious rashes. (In Texas I switched to a “cloth diaper” detergent to see if the rash was caused from the detergent.)
Notice that little asterisk by the prerinse step? For nearly all my cloth diapering days I have used Bacout in the prewash. Since moving back here to California for the school year I have not used Bacout. Why? Well, it’s not because their label has changed (a common concern across the cloth diapering community and I have a post on that coming soon) but simply because it’s expensive!
I do not live frugally yet I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the price for a bottle on Amazon. Perhaps if I find some cheaper in a store I’ll pick it up but it’s not a necessity at this time.
I really never thought I’d stop using Bacout. I had become so attached to my use of it that I thought it was the pivotal ingredient in my successful wash routine.
Talk to me in a year when Finley has some nasty poopy diapers and you’ll probably hear me singing the praises of Bacout again. There’s this weird thought process that goes on in my head when I put gnarly poo diapers in the washer. Knowing that enzymes are in there eating away the nastiness makes me feel peaceful.
What am I recommending you do? I’ve most likely confused you as to what my recommendation is. Yes, Bacout is great. Yes, I still recommend it. No, I don’t currently use it because I’ve chickened out on the cost. Yes, I’ll probably use it again. Clear?
Does that sound just like your routine? Is it working well for you?