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Can I Cloth Diaper Without a Washing Machine?

 Yes, you can, and it’s not nearly as expensive or difficult as you might imagine.Continued from Stank Diapers and Leaks? What?Road Trippin’ from Missouri to Arizona and back again- this was taken at the Jerome Grand Hotel. Not a single disposable used the entire trip- or needed.Many people who live in apartments or homes with no washer and dryer use cloth diapers. Some use a diaper service, which washes the diapers for them, but other still yet manage without doing that. Even if you have to go to a laundromat, you can cloth diaper. Here are five tips for cloth diapering without having a washer and dryer. 

  1. Use pre-folds with covers. They are the easiest to clean even once they’ve been sitting for up to a week.
  2. Use a dry pail method to reduce the weight of the diapers. Cloth diapers that have been soaking in a wet pail will weigh more.
  3. Sort your diapers after the first wash cycle. Keep pocket diapers, covers, and other non-dryer friendly items out and then dry the rest. The pockets and covers can easily be hung in a bathroom to dry.
  4. Use a pail liner. Makes getting the diapers to the laundromat a breeze.
  5. If you do not want to or cannot do multiple cycles, simply cold water wash, using about ⅓ the amount of detergent recommend for the size of the load.

 This is also good advice if you plan to continue cloth diapering while on vacation, where you may need to wash diapers either at a laundromat or in a hotel washing machine. Be sure that you are rinsing and storing your soiled cloth diapers appropriately because they will be sitting longer between washes. Baking soda in your diaper pail can help, as can keeping a shaker full of it to sprinkle in after each soiled diaper is added. This will not only help break stains down, but control odor in your home from the pail.

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