Stains…the nemesis to cloth diaper moms. We’ll sun ’em, Oxi-Clean ’em, Buncha Farmers stain stick ’em. Some of us might even bleach ’em. The most important thing to remember is that a stain doesn’t mean a diaper is dirty. Some types of water can make stains really hard to avoid and get out. And certain foods (ahem, looking at you blueberries) can cause stains that are hard to get out no matter how good your wash routine is.
Here are a few things you can do to help avoid, or remove, stains from your diapers. Be sure to check your warranties before trying any of these methods as you don’t want to void a warranty just to remove a stain.
- Use the sun. Nature provides a great bleaching and whitening tool all on its own. Put your clean wet diapers out in the sun and let it do its magic. It may take more than once to fade really set in stains, but it will work.
- Lemon juice and sun. Two of nature’s natural bleaching agents in action together! A little squirt of lemon juice (mixed with water) before you sun your diapers can help get those set in stains out of your white diapers.
- If you’re comfortable using oxi-clean, it can be a quicker way to get stains out of your diapers than the sun. And safer than traditional bleach.
- Buncha Farmers Stain Remover is great! It’s an all nature stain remover that can get out the tough stuff. Just rub it on the stain, scrub with a wet cloth, or throw it in the wash as usual.
- Rinse your diapers immediately after a change. Rinsing your diapers as soon as they are soiled instead of letting them sit can go a long way in keeping stains at bay. Just rinse them in throw them in the pail until wash day.
- Use a liner. If your child has had to use a medication, special cream, or just has a sour stomach use a liner. Dyes in medications can cause diaper staining as can non-diaper safe creams. Liners may not stop it all, but they should help, especially cloth liners which tend to catch more than disposable liners.
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