How to Disinfect Your Diapering Products
Simply washing your diapering items on hot with a good detergent will routinely help to wash away bacteria. If you are able to put your laundry in the sun to dry, that will also help to kill most germs.
However, if your baby has an infection in the diaper area, your diapering items (diapers, covers, wipes, inserts, and liners) will need to be disinfected each time you use them until about a week after the symptoms disappear. Below are some remedies that may help. Please keep in mind that we are not scientists or doctors, and cannot diagnose or offer treatment for any medical condition. This is simply information that has been researched and compiled from various sources. Also, please be sure to check with manufacturer’s washing instructions and warranty information before starting any disinfecting routine.
Remedy chart for disinfecting cloth diapers
|Remedy||Grapefruit Seed Extract *||Distilled white vinegar||Tea Tree Oil||Oxygen Bleach Powder||Hydrogen Peroxide||Hot Water||High heat in the dryer||Sunshine|
|20 drops in final rinse cycle||1 cup in final rinse cycle||20 drops in wash water. At least 5% cineole 35-40% Terpenin-4-ol||Use hot water. Soak for 2 hrs||1 cup in final rinse. 3% Solution||Killed after 25 minutes at water temps of||25 minutes||Hang until dry|
|Urinary Tract Infections||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cautions||Do not pour directly on laundry.||Do not pour directly on laundry.||Do only as needed. Do not pour directly on laundry.||Do not pour directly on laundry.||Use with caution – we do not recommend temps over 140 F for any items with Aplix, elastic, laminates, or snaps, as it will void your warranty.||Do only as needed, as high heat will wear out the diapers more quickly.||Bring in when dry. Covers should not be dried in direct sunlight.|
*GSE is said to be 10 to 100 times more effective than chlorine bleach, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, and iodine.
The most common disinfectant used in laundry is Chlorine Bleach, which kills 99.9% of germs. We have not included Chlorine Bleach on our chart, as it is toxic to the environment.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
~Written by Sonya Choron 5/17/13