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How to Sanitize Your Cloth Diapers

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How to Sanitize your Cloth Diapers

Mother ease Blog Banner Sanitizing Cloth Diapers

Mother ease diapers are manufactured for commercial laundering purposes and are designed to withstand high washing and drying temperatures. This also includes the occasional sanitize bleach wash and if done properly will not harm your Mother ease diapers or elastics. 

There are a number of different reasons why you may choose to sanitize your cloth diapers. A few reasons may include lingering odor, stain removal, yeast infection, reoccurring rash, selling your cloth diapers, or storing between children.

Before you start to sanitize your diapers, be sure your cloth diapers are clean!

Top Load Washing Machine

1. Set your washing machine to a large load (highest water level) using HOT water. Run the hot water tap nearest to your machine prior to starting your washing machine to ensure hot water is already at the machine.

2. Fill the machine completely and add the following:

  1. 1 Cup of chlorine bleach
  2. The detergent manufacturer's recommended amount of detergent

3. Run the wash cycle for 10 seconds - to allow the bleach and detergent to disperse into the water.

4. Add your diapers and run a full wash cycle.

5. Once complete, run the diapers through another Rinse Cycle - this ensures all of the bleach has rinsed out.

6. Line dry or machine dry diapers on medium heat setting.

Front Load Washing Machine

1. Add your clean diapers to your washing machine.

2. If you have the option, set the machine to use the most amount of HOT water. Run the hot water tap nearest to your machine prior to starting your laundry machine. This ensures hot water is already at the machine.

3. Add the detergent manufacturers recommended amount of detergent to your detergent compartment.

4. Add ½ cup of chlorine bleach to your bleach compartment.

5. Run the machine through a long wash cycle.

6. Once complete, run the diapers through another Rinse Cycle - this ensures all of the bleach has completely rinsed out.

7. Line dry or machine dry diapers on medium heat setting.

*Note: 

  • Do not bleach your diaper covers.
  • Do not overfill your washing machine. We would recommend sanitizing 15-20 diapers at a time, depending on your machine size.

5 comments

  • Mother ease Cloth Diapers: September 14, 2018

    Hello Laura!

    Thank you for your question! This particular one has been asked quite often, so much so that we wrote a blog it.

    Please follow this link and it will answer all of your questions/concerns as well as helpful tips to prevent it from reoccurring into the future:

    https://mother-ease.ca/blogs/bump-bottom-beyond/how-do-i-deal-with-ammonia.

  • Laura: September 14, 2018

    I bought some Sandy’s and Motherease diapers second hand and really like the quality of the diaper, but even after following the instructions on how to sanitize them, twice, I am still finding that they have an ammonia smell when I change him. Is there anything I can do to eliminate this odor for good? Please advise.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Maria: August 22, 2018

    Hi there, I am new to clothes diapers and just bought a few Wizard Un os, and I love them. However, I started noticing that after my daughter wears them for a while, they started to smell like ammonia. I don’t think it’s normal, is it? I wash the diapers with Tide original on hot water cycle. Is there anything to solve this smell issue?
    Thank you.

  • Mother ease Cloth Diapers: July 05, 2018

    Hi Jessica!

    Great question :)

    Simply wash your Unos in HOT water with a good quality detergent (Tide Free and Gently, Ivory Snow both work great). Be sure the diapers are completely dry before storing them.

  • Jessica Lee: July 05, 2018

    Hi there, I have smaller diapers that I want to store for when we have a second baby. A few of them are the wizard uno and have the cover attached but the note says do not bleach covers. So my question is: Can I still sanitize these diapers for storage?

    Thank you for your time!

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