Budget Friendly Cloth Diaper Care
First and foremost there are a couple big no-no's when it comes to cloth diapering. A innocent mistake can cause leaks and unwanted damage.
1. Only use cloth safe diaper creams. The wrong kind of cream can clog fabrics and cause leaks Coconut oil is excellent and a cheap. You can also mix in essential oils for added benefits. A&D and Vaseline are definite no-no's.
1. Fabric softener is a big no. The residue can build up and cause leaks and reduced absorbency.
What do I wash with?
You will find this subject hotly debated online. However I will keep it simple. It may take a few cycles to find out what works best for you. Not all detergents are ok to use. I have personally used Sun Free, All free and Clear, and Tide Original. Tide was most effective for me. It's more expensive so I buy a small bottle and keep it just for diapers while I launder my clothes with a more budget friendly brand. Also you only need a fraction of the amount that you would normally use for a regular wash. 1/4 to 1/3 of the cap is fine. Too much detergent can lead to build up on the diapers. I should also mention that there are specific detergents for cloth but they are usually more expensive. Also a lot of moms make there own detergent and that can save a few coins as well. In the end If you ask 10 moms you will get 10 answers. Find what works for you.