However, if you were smart and did use a liner, all you need to do is lift it up, drop it in the toilet, and flush the stuff away. Which is soooo much better than, well…I haven’t exactly come up with a good alternative yet. (It is worth mentioning that liners usually aren’t necessary until your kiddo is on something other than breastmilk. Though rarely discussed, another benefit of breastfeeding is that the poo just washes completely away. You don’t even need to separate it!)
I wash cloth diapers 2-3 times each week. When I change the boys’ diapers I remove the liner and any “stuff” it dutifully collected and flush it. Then, I put the dirty diaper in the pail liner and close it up. Quick word of advice…you may want to have a plunger in the house. We often have clogs, not due to the volume – though sometimes this wouldn’t surprise me – but rather due to the shape. We had this problem a lot when our newly walking toddlers would “plop” down on their bottoms, and well, make a poo pancake. 😉 Toilet drains are not pancake shaped, so you might have to help it with a few plunges.
When the bag(s) get full-ish, I do a load of diapers in our washing machine. Here is my routine.
Step 1: Empty all diapers into the wash and run a cold rinse cycle with no soap. Separate all the inserts from the covers and close all the velcro tabs. I usually have the load volume on large or super.
Step 2: When the rinse cycle has finished, change the temperature to hot and add the detergent (again, I use Soap Nuts).
Step 3: When the hot wash cycle has finished, throw the inserts into the dryer. Most covers can also go into the dryer, but I like to hang mine to dry on a rack. I think it helps them to last longer. Also, if it is sunny, you can take them outside. The sun works like magic to remove stains! I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw it happen!
With a little practice and flexibility, you will likely find a system that works for you. My best advice is to ask around to see what works for people you know using cloth. Or, if you are lucky enough to have a store that carries cloth diapers near you, go check it out, see the products, and ask lots of questions. Comfy Bummy was really helpful for me when I was first getting started. They have a great website, www.comfybummy.com, which has lots of helpful advice.
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