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How to Clean Poopy Cloth Diaper

How To Clean Poopy Cloth Diaper

When I tell people about cloth diapers, one question that I get the most is how to clean the poop on cloth diapers.  Cleaning poopy cloth diaper is one of the reason why some people are hesitant to use cloth diapers.   I will share to you two of the most common ways of how to clean poopy cloth diapers with less fuss.

cloth diaper spray1. Using diaper spray
Diaper spray saves the day. Buy it at our store and hook it up beside your toilet bowl. Spray away the poop whenever you get a soiled diaper. The strong blast of water from the spray can easily remove the poop away.

Some moms want to use a big bucket to prevent any splashes when spray cleaning, but this is really not needed. You just need a little bit of strategy and practice to prevent any mess or splashes. You need to control and limit the burst of water by spraying close to the cloth diaper and right towards the toilet bowl. Dont spray upwards or side ward. Once you get used to diaper sprays, you will realize that it is not icky or effortful to clean poopy cloth diaper at all.

2. Using flushable liners
This is the most convenient way of using poopy cloth diapers. Flushable liners are similar to a toilet paper but they are made sturdier to hold poop. These liners are place on top of cloth diapers. The liners can easily be flushed down the toilet when your baby poops on it, leaving your cloth diaper less soiled.

flushable liner on top of cloth diaper

A number of moms have a habit of using flushable liners for every diaper change. But some only use them whenever they go out of the house; others use it only when they anticipate a poop. Flushable liners can be most useful for newborn stage when babies poop more than ten times a day. As your baby grows, he would reach a stage where he would only poop once a day. This is when some mothers use the liner only during the time when she anticipates a poop.


Machine-wash poopy cloth diaper
Weeks-old babies have light and buttery poop. Some moms donít bother rinsing poopy cloth diaper before tossing it to the laundry machine. Although this may be convenient, manufacturers donít recommended that cloth diapers are directly machine washed without cleaning out the poop first.

Keeping the stain out
There are three ways to reduce stain on your cloth diapers: keep it wet until laundry, handwash with Imse Vimse Wash Away Stain Soap, and soak it in water. When the stained area stays wet until laundry, it is easier for the stain to come out. To further make an effort in reducing stains, I hand wash my diapers with Imse Vimse Wash Away Stain Soap. If the stain still hasnít come out, I will rub the soap on the stain and soak it in water for couple of hours. By the way, for pocket diapers with elastics, soaking is not recommended. Prefolds and inserts can be soaked in water for few hours.

Want to know how I and my friends tackle poopy diapers?

How I do it:
I am not a fan of flushable liners and let the diaper spray to do most of the poop cleaning for me.

To clean the poopy diapers, first off, I put on my ever reliable rubber gloves. I place the soiled cloth diaper on the toilet bowl and with my diaper spray, I spray away the poop. I then place the cloth diaper in the sink and use Imse Vimse Wash Away Stain Soap and hand wash away the stain. I use a wet bag to store my wet diaper until laundry day.

For laundry, I wash them with hot water using a zero-residue detergent. Because I have already hand washed the poop stains, I skip the cold rinse and just do one hot wash.

How my cousin does it:
My cousin uses flushable liner so she always makes it a point to insert a liner for every diaper change. When itís soiled, she simply throws away the liner into the toilet bowl and flushes it away. My cousin doesnít have a diaper spray so she is left with using flushable liners all the time and purchase them on a regular basis.

How my best friend does it:
My best friend use a diaper spray to rinse away the poop on her cloth diaper and store the diapers wet before laundry day. She would do a cold rinse first to prevent staining and then wash it with hot water using a zero-residue detergent. My best friend also uses flushable liners at times. She uses the two methods described above depending on what the situation calls for.