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Cloth Diaper Education

Our recommendations regarding cloth diaper care, wash routines, and proper use. Here you’ll find #Thirstiestips, troubleshooting advice, and cloth diapering how-to guides.


One of the most common questions I’m asked in our boutiques Introduction to Cloth Diapering class is ‘what do you do with the poop?’ It seems like almost every parent hesitates to ask, but is concerned about solids in their cloth diapers and how to handle them.

There are a few ways to handle solids in your cloth diapers (don’t worry! We’ll talk about all of them.) but the most common way is to use a diaper sprayer. So, what is a diaper sprayer?

In this article, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of diaper sprayers, how they can help you remove solids from your Thirsties cloth diapers and which type of diapers you can clean with your sprayer.

When to Use a Diaper Sprayer

Most people are actually shocked to find out that exclusively breastfed babies, or babies that have EBF poop, don’t need to use diaper sprayers right away. Exclusively breastfed babies, meaning they have nothing more than breastmilk in their diet, produce water soluble solids that don’t need to be removed before entering your washer. How convenient is that? (Another benefit to breastfeeding!)

However, if your baby has any other substance in their diet, be it formula, baby food etc, their solids must be removed from your cloth diapers before entering your washer. So, this would be a great time to take out your diaper sprayer and get to work.

How to Remove Solids

Your diaper sprayer is going to attach to the back of your toilet so that solids can be sprayed off into your toilet. Some people prefer to use a spray shield such as the Spray Pal, but others just prefer to hold the diaper over the toilet.


Most diaper sprayers have an adjustable pressure valve that will change the pressure as you hold down the lever. I always recommend that parents experiment with the adjustable spray pressure without a dirty diaper in hand first to get used to the volume of water. It’s never fun to have more pressure than you need while holding a poopy diaper.

Once your diaper sprayer is installed and tested, hold your diaper over the toilet or secure it to your spray shield and spray the solids down into the toilet. Some people choose to wring out their diaper once it’s been rinsed and others choose to just throw it in their diaper pail or wet bag. Once all your poopy diapers have been rinsed, you’re ready for wash day.

Other Methods

However, using a diaper sprayer isn’t the only way to remove solids from your poopy diapers. Some parents prefer the ‘dunk and swish’ method to remove solids from their dirty cloth diapers. Simply dunk your dirty diaper in clean toilet water, flush your toilet and swish the solids off as your toilet water runs. Once all the solids have been rinsed off, you’re ready to put your diaper in your pail or wet bag or toss it in the wash.

The other alternative is a disposable liner. Disposable liners are about half the thickness of a dryer sheet and lay on the top most layer of your diaper. The solids will remain on top of your liner and the liquids will move through to your absorbency so that when you are ready for a change, you simply remove the disposable liner and put your diaper in your diaper pail.

#ThirstiesTip  Although many brands of disposable liners say that they are flushable, we do not recommend flushing your liners. Pipes can get clogged, septic tanks can back up and if the liner does not completely break down, it can affect your sewage system as well. Please dispose of your used liners, but do not flush!

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So, which method do I prefer? I was actually a fan of disposable liners when my babies were introduced to solids and moving away from breast milk. However, as they’ve grown, a diaper sprayer has come in handy so many times when I just needed a deeper clean to my overnight diapers and naptime diapers. The method you choose is up to you, but know that your favorite may change as your babies grow and having a diaper sprayer on hand can be good for so many situations.
Do you have any questions about removing solids from your cloth diapers? Share it with us in the comments! You can shop Thirsties cloth diapers at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For other cloth diaper tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout the Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

Anyone can use cloth anywhere! Whether you use a washing machine, laundry mat or hand wash your diapers, there are several different methods of washing diapers and hand washing, specifically, can be used pretty much anywhere. Most of the items you’ll need to hand wash your diapers are easily accessible and can be purchased almost anywhere.

In this article, we are going to discuss how to hand wash cloth diapers as well as the reasons some people choose to hand wash, the materials and methods they use as well as some tips and tricks to make this process just a little easier.

Reasons to Hand Wash

So, why do people hand wash their cloth diapers? Maybe your financial situation doesn’t include a washer and dryer just yet. Or maybe you love to camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors without having to drive back into town every time you need to do cloth diaper laundry.

This is also a great method to learn when there are circumstances beyond your control. The power going out or your washer breaking means you need to find an alternative way to get your diapers clean. Or maybe you are traveling with friends and a washer and dryer just isn’t available. Either way, Thirsties has you covered! Let’s learn how to hand wash.

General Routine

The general routine includes removing solids, then a doing a prewash followed by a hot wash and then an extra rinse. So this means that if you do have access to a washer and dryer, your routine would look something like this:

  • Remove solids either by using a diaper sprayer, a liner, or the dunk & swish method
  • Do a prewash on WARM with 1-2 lines of detergent
  • Do a heavy duty wash on HOT with the recommended amount of detergent for soiled laundry
  • Rinse

Of course, everyone’s routine will vary just slightly, but in general, your regular cloth diaper laundry routine should be fairly quick and easy.

Plunger Method

So, let’s get started with the bucket and plunger method. For the bucket and plunger method, here’s what you will need to have on hand: a bucket or tub, plunger, gloves, and cloth diaper safe detergent. I like to have some extra towels on hand too in case you have an accident.

Many folks like to use the  “The Breathing Washer”, a plunger that cycles air through the water while agitating your clothing or diapers. It’s a great plunger to use for long term cloth diapering using the hand wash method. However, if all you can find is a normal, household plunger, that will work just fine as well.

Process

The process of hand washing cloth diapers itself isn’t necessarily difficult. You can count the steps in this process by the number of plunges or the length of time, whichever works for you. The point is to fully agitate and diapers and allow the detergent to do its job removing waste.

Here’s the general process for using the bucket and plunger method to clean your diapers:

  • Rinse / Prewash – 100 plunges, or for 5 min
  • Hot wash with about 2tbs to ¼ cup of detergent: 50 plunges, Soak 5-10 min, 50 plunges, drain & wring out diapers
  • Rinse – 100 plunges, drain & wring out diaper
  • Do additional rinses if there are a lot of bubbles or if your diapers feel slimy

Wonder Wash

The Wonder Washer is another great way to get your clothes and diapers clean without the use of a washer and dryer. The Wonder Washer is a cylindrical container with an opening at the top. Just drop your diapers in with the right amount of detergent and you are ready to use the hand crank to start washing!

The general Wonder Washer routine should look a little something like this:

  • Warm Prewash – 60 cranks or about 2 minutes (I use one line of detergent), drain, wring out diapers between ‘cycles’
  • Hot Wash with detergent – 60 cranks, soak 5 – 10 minutes, 60 cranks, drain (this will be one of the very very few instances where Thirsties recommends that your diapers be left soaking)
  • Rinse – 60 cranks or about two minutes, drain & wring out diapers. Do this two times or until water runs out clear.

Using the Wonder Washer is a great way to be able to cloth diaper on the go, save money and save electricity.

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I have personally washed lots of diapers by hand and it’s so much easier than you think! The best advice? Take what works for you and leave the rest. Cloth diaper the way that makes sense for you, your baby and your family.


Are you currently cloth diapering? Which tip is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! You can shop Thirsties cloth diapers at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For more cloth diaper tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

We’re often asked for our best cloth diaper tips and tricks as well as how to make cloth diapering easier. While there is no one perfect way to cloth diaper, there are a few things that can definitely make your cloth diapering journey simpler.

In this article, we will discuss the top ten cloth diapering tips and tricks as well as how these tips can help you cloth diaper successfully.

Here’s our top tips:

  1. Use Your Prefolds for Everything
  2. Don’t Use Fabric Softener, Ever
  3. Toss the Dryer Sheets
  4. You Really Do Need All Those Wet Bags
  5. Use Cloth Safe Diaper Cream (Like Booty Love!)
  6. Try a Few Different Styles
  7. Adjust Your Rise First, THEN Your Waist
  8. Keep Your Wash Routine Simple
  9. Remember My Cloth Baby is Happy
  10. Use Booty Luster Spray for Hands and Faces Too!

Use Your Prefolds for Everything

Prefolds are incredibly diverse cloth diapering items. Many parents choose prefolds because they are absorbent, easy to clean and so multi-functional. Here are just a couple of our favorite uses for prefolds beyond cloth diapering:

  1. Burp Rags
  2. Bibs
  3. Swiffer Pads
  4. Mattress Pads for Potty Training
  5. Cleaning Rags
  6. Spit Up Catchers for Tummy Time
  7. Natural Breast Pads

#ThirstiesTip When nursing, lay a prefold down between you and your mattress to catch any nighttime leaking and save your sheets!

Don’t Use Fabric Softener, Ever

Fabric softener is a cloth diaper no no. It can coat the absorbent fibers of your cloth diaper and cause it to repel liquids rather than absorb them. The strong scent can also hold onto fibers, making any sort of detergent buildup or ammonia buildup even worse. For problem free cloth diapering, skip the fabric softener.

Toss the Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are another cloth diaper no no. Dryer sheets can also coat your absorbent fibers and cause them to repel liquids. If you want to keep your diapers absorbent and free from unnecessary buildup, toss the dryer sheets.

So, if you toss the dryer sheets, how do you replace them?

#ThirstiesTip Use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. They will cut down on dry time, avoid unnecessary buildup from dryer sheets and they can be reused through hundreds to thousands of dry cycles.

You Really Do Need All Those Wet Bags

thirsties wet bag

Have you ever wondered what you can do with your wet bag? The Thirsties Wet Bag is so multi-functional and we love it for storing our dirty cloth diapers. But what happens when you are done cloth diapering? Can you still use your wet bag?

Of course! Maybe you are currently cloth diapering and have an extra wet bag (or five) laying around and you are just not sure what to do with it? Either way, wet bags are arguably the most versatile cloth diaper accessory. Here are our top ten uses for your wet bags:

  1. Storing Clean Cloth Diapers
  2. Storing Swimwear
  3. Momma Cloth/Pumping
  4. Snack/Lunch Bag
  5. Packing a Suitcase
  6. Garbage Bag
  7. Momma Emergency Bag
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Potty Learning
  10. Outdoor Activities

Use Cloth Safe Diaper Cream (Like Booty Love!)

When it comes to cloth diapering, not all diaper rash creams are created equal. Some creams can stain your diapers, while others can cause your absorbent fibers to repel liquids. In general, remember that diaper creams that contain zinc will stain your cloth and diaper creams that contain petroleum will cause your diapers to repel moisture.

Diaper creams like Booty Love are natural and cloth diaper safe. You can safely use Booty Love without using a liner and it will wash clean in your regular diaper laundry.

#ThirstiesTip If you do decide to use a diaper cream containing zinc, consider a liner to eliminate stains and ensure your cloth comes clean in the laundry.

Try a Few Different Styles

Some people get turned off to cloth diapering, simply because they chose a style that doesn’t work for their family or lifestyle. Having multiple caregivers or attending day care may mean that an All In One may fit your lifestyle better than a system with multiple pieces like covers and prefolds. Trying a few different styles of cloth diapers will help you to find something that works for your family and be successful in the long run.

Adjust Your Rise First, THEN Your Waist

Adjusting your rise snaps first will control how long the diaper becomes. Your waist snaps control how tight the legs and waist will be. To get a great fit, make sure to adjust your rise snaps first and your waist snaps second. This will help you to eliminate bulk, ensure that you are choosing the correct waist snaps and eventually prevent leaks.

Keep Your Wash Routine Simple

Keep it simple! An easy and effective wash routine looks something like this:

  1. Pre-wash on WARM with a small amount of detergent.
  2. Heavy duty wash on HOT with the recommended amount of detergent.
  3. Rinse.

Although this laundry routine won’t be perfect for everyone, it’s a quick and simple start to an effective wash routine.

Remember, My Cloth Baby is Happy

When layering different fibers, remember My Cloth Baby is Happy. This will help you remember how fast fibers absorb, in order. From fastest to slowest, fibers absorption happens in this order: microfiber, cotton, bamboo and finally hemp.

So, what does this mean for cloth diapering? This means that you want to layer your microfiber or synthetic layer (like stay dry microfiber) on top, cotton underneath it, then bamboo and lastly hemp. So, if you are using a Stay Dry Duo insert, your stay dry microfiber layer would be closest to baby’s skin and the organic/cotton hemp blend insert would be underneath. Using this method, you will be able to wick moisture away from baby as fast as possible to eliminate both diaper rash and leaks.

Use Booty Luster Spray for Hands and Faces Too!

Booty Luster is one of those multi-functional products that I love for everything. I have used my Booty Luster plus a cloth wipe for dirty hands and faces, scrapes on dirty knees, to wipe off my diaper bags, to wipe down my car and to clean up stroller messes too.

#Momrealness

I have used all of these tips and more on my cloth diapering journey, but I can say that this top ten will make your life so much easier. Keeping your routine simple, using cloth diaper safe creams, trying a few different styles and using your prefolds well will save you so many headaches and unnecessary work.

I personally spent and wasted a lot of time trying complicated laundry routines and forever looking for a wet bag I didn’t own before I gave in to several of these tips. The best advice? Take what works for you and leave the rest. Cloth diaper the way that makes sense for you, your baby and your family.


Are you currently cloth diapering? Which tip is your favorite? Are you a super fan of one specific style? Tell us in the comments! You can shop Thirsties cloth diapers at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For more cloth diaper tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

Have you ever wondered what you can do with your wet bag? The Thirsties Wet Bag is so multi-functional and we love it for storing our dirty cloth diapers. But what happens when you are done cloth diapering? Can you still use your wet bag?

Of course! Not only can you use your wet bag, but we want to show you all the different ways you can use your wet bag beyond the diapering years. Or maybe you are currently cloth diapering and have an extra wet bag (or five) laying around and you are just not sure what to do with it? Either way, wet bags are arguably the most versatile cloth diaper accessory. In this article, we will discuss the top ten uses for your wet bag as well as some tips and tricks that will help you use your wet bag beyond your cloth diapering years.

Here’s our top ten:

  1. Storing Clean Cloth Diapers
  2. Storing Swimwear
  3. Momma Cloth/Pumping
  4. Snack/Lunch Bag
  5. Packing a Suitcase
  6. Garbage Bag
  7. Momma Emergency Bag
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Potty Learning
  10. Outdoor Activities

Let’s start with our cloth diaper crowd!

Storing Clean Diapers

Having an extra wet bag in your diaper bag makes planning and packing so much easier. Pack a wet bag for your dirty diapers and use a second to hold your clean diapers. It’s a quick and easy way to keep your diaper bag mostly packed each night and just switch out clean diapers each day.

I love anything that makes getting ready with my kiddos easier. Keeping your clean diapers in a second wet bag and rotating also means that if you forget your dirty diaper wet bag, you will have an extra to use. That doesn’t seem like an aspect that’s immensely helpful until the very first time you do forget a dirty diaper wet bag and you have to hand carry a dirty diaper home from Target. Trust me, bring the dirty wet bag and the clean wet bag.

Storing Swimwear

A day at the pool or beach means sopping wet swimwear and another use for your wet bag! Take your wet bag with you swimming to store wet swim clothes and shoes. The waterproof TPU will keep your vehicle or bag dry and when you’re ready to wash, you can throw your wet bag in the washer as well.

You can also use your wet bag to keep your after swimming clothes dry too. Headed to the beach? Because you can never have too many wet bags, consider storing your dry clothes in one wet bag and carry an extra for your wet and sandy swim items. Different colors and prints can help you keep them separate and storing your wet and dry items in separate wet bags will help keep your swim bag or beach bag clean and dry.

Momma Cloth/Pumping

Moms need wet bags too. Wet bags are great for dirty diapers just like they are great for momma cloth! When it’s that time of the month, just grab a wet bag and use as you normally would for dirty diapers. And when it’s time to wash your momma cloth, you can throw your wet bag right in with everything else.

But what if you are a pumping mom? Wet bags are perfect for all your pump parts and help to make sure you don’t forget anything too. Have you ever gone to pump only to find that you forgot one tiny valve at home? Using a wet bag for your pump parts will help you keep everything organized and keep your clean pump parts clean and dry.

#ThirstiesTip Keep a small list of all the pump items you need when packing your wet bag inside the bag. This will help you make sure everything is accounted for each time you pack.

Snack/Lunch Bag

Snack or lunch bags might be my favorite alternate use for wet bags. Wet bags can keep messes at bay should anything spill inside and for those with large families, help you organize snacks and lunches as needed. When snack or lunchtime is over, there is no need to find a trashcan. Just pack everything back up in your wet bag and take it home to wash.

#ThirstiesTip Most of the time, your wet bag won’t even need a wash for this use. Use a damp cloth to wipe the inside of your wet bag and you will be ready for the next meal or snack. However, if you do have a leak or spill, wet bags wash up quickly and easily along with your other laundry.

Packing a Suitcase

Packing for several days can be rough, but wet bags will help you keep everything organized. Some parents prefer to do a wet bag for each day’s clothes and some prefer to organize everything by the type of item. This is another instance where different colors and prints will help you to keep everything separated and straight.

#ThirstiesTip Use wet bags on the way home from your trip to store dirty clothes and keep them separate from anything that hasn’t been worn. This way, you don’t have to wash clean things unnecessarily because they were mixed in with dirty clothes.

Garbage Bag

Wet bags can be used for garbage bags in your vehicle, office or on the go. It always seems that my kids generate some sort of trash every single time we get in my truck. I’m not exactly sure why there is so much trash all the time, but wet bags make excellent garbage bags both in my vehicle and at my desk. And because they are reusable, I know we aren’t adding to a landfill every time we need a new trash bag.

#ThirstiesTip Wet bags are perfect for picking up trash without getting your hands dirty. Turn the wet bag inside out, place your hand inside and pick up the trash. Turn it right side out again and zip.

Momma Emergency Bag

My personal use for a wet bag is as a mommy emergency bag. In it, I keep a chapstick, a small hairbrush, a bar of chocolate, an extra truck key, a phone charger and a mascara. You can customize your mommy emergency bag however you want and everything will stay clean and dry. I leave this bag in my truck and forget about it until I forget something at home and out it comes.

#ThirstiesTip I do this for the baby too. Pack two extra diapers, an extra outfit, wipes and an extra Thirsties Booty Love and leave it in your vehicle until the next time you forget the diaper bag at home.

First Aid Kit

Just like my mommy emergency bag, we also have an emergency first aid kit inside a wet bag in my vehicle. Extra bandaids, Neosporin, gauze, and small scissors are packed and put in the seat back pocket of the truck. The next time anyone gets hurt on the go, out the wet bag comes. Bonus: it doubles as a place to keep dirty gauze and bandaids for the aftermath.

Potty Learning

Potty learning? You’re going to go through more outfits than you think. A lot of outfits. Enter Thirsties wet bag. I keep one for all the Thirsties training pants and clothes that took the brunt of accidents and one for all our clean changes. It’s perfect because I can just turn over the dirty wet bag in the wash, drop it in and go.

Outdoor Activities

Summer is just around the corner and we will be camping, hiking and playing every day. We always have some pair of shorts that got muddy, a shirt that has spilled, sticky Gatorade on it and/or some time of injury that results in dirty clothes. We keep a wet bag in our travel pack for all of these instances and whatever else we might encounter when we get outdoors and play. The Thirsties snap handle is also particularly nice because we can attach it to our travel pack and keep it easily accessible.

#Momrealness

Let’s be real. I can think of a hundred other uses for my wet bags as we literally never stop using them. It’s a great excuse for me to get the latest Thirsties prints, even though our toddler has now potty trained. How are you using your Thirsties wet bag? Share your wet bag uses in the comments!

You can shop Thirsties wet bags at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For more cloth diaper tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

diaper laundry

One of the most common reasons we hear from people deciding not to cloth diaper is that they “don’t have the time” to do cloth diaper laundry. Although we will be the first ones to tell you that yes, cloth diapering does mean a touch more laundry, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can save time washing cloth diapers.

Have you ever wondered how you could possibly save time doing laundry?

In this article, we are going to share all our best time saving tips and tricks to get you more comfortable with your cloth diaper laundry and help explain a few steps that may make you change your mind about how long cloth diaper laundry really takes.

Changing Your Routine

The number one place that people waste time doing cloth diaper laundry is continuously changing routines. It’s easy to get distracted when a friend recommends a new detergent or maybe you get a new washer and you start to play with the settings. However, changing your routine can set you up for less than clean diapers and frustration down the road.

In the midst of all the changes, it’s possible that your diapers are not coming completely clean. Buildup, especially ammonia buildup, can happen over time. In other words, you may not notice right away that changing your routine isn’t getting your diapers as clean as it should be, but eventually, you will end up with a problem you didn’t need to have.

The best cloth diaper routines are those that are tried and true, used often and are fairly simple. Remember that changing any part of your routine means you may also have to change another for your diapers to come out clean.

#protip When possible, print out and laminate your cloth diaper laundry routine. Hang it in your laundry room so that if someone wants to switch a load or help out, they will know exactly what step you are on and how to help.

Complicated Routines

Equally as bad as changing your routine frequently, is trying to use overly complicated routines with several products and cycles. The more products you add to your water, the more need to be properly washed out to keep your diapers clean. And if you are using long and complicated wash cycles, there is probably room for improvement in choosing the correct cycles for your cloth diapers.

Thirsties Laundry Tips is a great (and free!) resource for identifying a simple, easy to use routine that will get your diapers clean every time. In general, a great routine to use would be the following:

  1. Pre-wash on WARM with a small amount of detergent.
  2. Long, heavy duty wash on HOT with the recommended amount of detergent.
  3. Rinse on WARM, adding an extra rinse.

Drying

To save time while drying, you can remove your pocket shells, duo wraps and wet bags and hang dry them. The dry so quickly that they don’t need to take up useful space in your drier. This will also protect the TPU fabric from breaking down due to excessive heat and give the items that need drying more room.

Inserts, prefolds, and anything made of absorbent fibers can be dried on medium. If you don’t have a drier or you are choosing to hang dry everything, a good way to save time is to put your drying rack over a vent in your home and put the heaviest items (or the items with the most layers) on the bottom.

#protip Know your dryer. If your dryer has a tendency to run extremely hot or very long cycles, adjust your routine accordingly. Excessive heat can damage TPU/PUL and therefore lose the waterproofing ability of your diaper.

Switching Loads

Switching loads is absolutely an area where I tend to waste time. How many of us have heard the signal go off, been distracted by a poopy diaper and all of a sudden five minutes turned into 3 hours and now your cycle needs to run again? I don’t know about you, but this is me almost every load.

Here are some great tips to try and keep loads switched up quickly and on time:

  1. Turn on that signal. Sometimes, you really do need to have a signal to remind you when you clothes are dry or when your washer is done. However, if babies are napping or dogs can get loud, this may not work for you. So…
  2. Set an alarm on your watch or timer in your kitchen. Inevitably, if I have to walk into the kitchen to turn off the signal and I find nothing baking, I will automatically remember that the timer is for the clothes and I hurry to switch loads.
  3. Leave the laundry room door open and the light on if there is a load going. My husband is insistent that we turn every light off all the time, so if there is a light on in the house, there’s a good reason for it. In this case, it’s to remind me that there is a load of laundry going!

#protip I like to start cloth diaper laundry before I leave the house to run errands. That way, I know the first thing I need to do when I get home is switch the loads!

Folding Cloth Diapers

Fun fact: You don’t actually HAVE to fold cloth diapers. If folding isn’t your thing, a clean laundry basket where the clean diapers live is just fine too. Don’t feel like your diaper stash needs to look Instagram ready at all times to be ‘successfully’ cloth diapering.

Some people actually find folding diapers really relaxing. Try just putting in a podcast, focusing on folding and let your mind shut off a little bit. It could be just the break you need! And if it isn’t? Chuck those clean dipes in the clean basket and call it a day. #youdoyou#

Accept Help

Remember when we talked about laminating your routine and hanging it up somewhere on the wall? That’s part of accepting help. Your routine should be easy to read and easy to do.

And accept help! If grandma or husband offers to do cloth diaper laundry, point them to the correct detergent and the instructions and take the help. I know that cloth diapers being ‘ruined’ is always a scary thing, but if your directions are clear and simple, you should have a much easier time accepting (and receiving) help.

#protip Try switching up a chore with your partner if you are having a hard time getting them to participate. Maybe take a chore that isn’t their favorite off of their plate and then request cloth diaper laundry help. And remember, there’s clear instructions, so if can’t be too hard.

#Momrealness

As a mom to no less than four tiny humans, any and all time saving tricks are welcome at my house! Even after my almost decade of cloth diapering, I am still constantly looking for ways to save time and just get it done.

One thing I always found therapeutic was stuffing or folding diapers. I would put on a show or just spend some quiet time in the living room and stuff and fold until I was done. It was always weirdly a peaceful thing for me to do once the diapers were clean.

Do you have any laundry saving tips we didn’t mention? Are you a super fan of one specific tip or do you use several of these? Tell us in the comments!

You can shop Thirsties cloth diapers at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For more cloth diaper tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.