The perfect wash and dry routine for cloth diapers

Before I get started I want to remind you it may take some testing before you find the right wash routine for you. You may need to try some different detergents and also test your water for hard water. Below we will keep updating as we find different washers and routines.

I’ll help you find the right test and wash routine. If you happen to find the right one please email to to help our guide continue to grow.

Wash Routines

Maytag 3000 a quick wash on warm with line 3 of Seventh Gen UPP followed by heavy duty on hot with line 5 of Seventh Gen UPP and a capful of calgon (we have moderately hard water 180-225).

Hard Water

What is hard water? Hard water has a high mineral content which is is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates.

Testing for hard water. If you have never tested your water than this should be a priority on your list. This will help your headache later trying to figure out why you have stink. You may also notice the lime build up around your water fixtures, spots on dishes, and dry skin after shower.

Dry Routine

I personally don’t dry anything in the dryer other than my inserts if I am in a hurry or if the weather has other plans. I like to hang as much as possible outside along my deck so they can get the sun and any stains can go bye-bye.

Some are ok with dying on low heat and throw everything in the dryer. You’ll have to watch them if you choose to do this due to the heat. Some can vary and I have heard horror stories about diapers having the PUL melt. If that happens your out of luck and out of money.

What is your wash and dry routine?