All B.C. Fleecy fabrics (besides PUL) are prewashed before cutting to eliminate shrinkage in your final product. However, you should pre-wash & machine dry all new items (besides wool) to remove my pattern markings and seal the seams of PUL items. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Diaper Care Instructions:
Fasten velcro tabs when applicable. For your regular wash routine, I suggest pre-rinse COLD, wash HOT with ¼ amount of low-additive detergent, cold rinse. Line drying will prolong the life of the PUL Waterproof Fabric. For Bamboo Fitteds I usually start mine in the dryer with all my prefolds and other diaper laundry – then when the other things are done, I hang them to complete the drying. Pocket Diaper Shells, Wet Bags, and PUL Covers will dry fairly quickly on the clothesline, indoors or out. Avoid bleach on PUL items.
If you use diaper creams while using CLOTH, use a barrier between cream & diaper. Greasy creams will reduce the absorption & wicking properties of the diaper fabrics and are VERY difficult to wash out. I suggest using a scrap of fleece or flannel, or disposable liner over the cream to save your diaper – then wash these scraps separately from the diaper laundry – so it will not transfer in the hot water. If you do need to remove diaper cream stains, try scrubbing with a simple dish soap (like plain Dawn or Palmolive) and rinse well before laundering.
For More Info…
There are many different opinions about how to do diaper laundry. You can "google" this topic ENDLESSLY! You have to find out what works best for you, your washer, your water, and your child. As babies grow, their diapering needs evolve as do your diaper laundry dilemmas. Here are a few links to my go-to diaper washing tutorials…
- The Diaper Jungle
- Diaper Pin
- DiaperSwappers - this is a forum where you can ask questions or find answers to anything CLOTH.... and several other topics. (WARNING - I LOVE this site, and refer to it constantly.... but I hear many complaints of viruses lurking here... I have a MAC and haven't been bothered - PC users: surf at your own risk)