Cloth Diaper FAQs

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Disclaimer

Crunchy Clean LLC cannot be held liable for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly from the use of the information provided.  This is for informational purposes only, and we make every effort to ensure accuracy and safety.

 

How do I wash cloth diapers?

For washers with regular/soft water, we recommend this washing routine:

-Shake solids from diapers as soon as possible.
-Wash often. We suggest every other day because if you wait longer, the urine naturally turns to ammonia, making it more difficult to get diapers clean! In addition, the stains will come out better with less sit time!

-Cold Rinse

-Hot wash with extra water. (For a front loading washing machine, we suggest you use a “water plus” or “extra water” feature and 1-3 tablespoons of Crunchy Clean Diaper Detergent.  Adjust this amount accordingly — a front loader requires less soap than a top loader.)

*A second rinse is not necessary because Crunchy Clean is clean rinsing, but if you have a child with very sensitive skin or just prefer to rinse, its fine!

 

I have hard water. How do I wash cloth diapers?

For washers with hard water, we recommend a similar washing routine to regular water:

-Shake solids from diapers as soon as possible.
-Wash often. We suggest every other day because if you wait longer, the urine naturally turns to ammonia, making it more difficult to get diapers clean! In addition, the stains will come out better with less sit time!

-Cold Rinse with 1 tablespoon of Crunchy Clean for hard water.

-Hot wash with extra water. (For a front loading washing machine, we suggest you use a “water plus” or “extra water” feature and 2-5 tablespoons of Crunchy Clean for cloth diapers.) Adjust the amount you use accordingly. We suggest refraining from water softeners like Calgon initially. However, if you have very hard water, you may need to continue to add Calgon every few washes.  When drying your diapers, use super spin if you have the option. (It’s more energy efficient, especially if you machine dry.)

*If your child has sensitive skin, try using a cold rinse with a super spin. (It is more energy efficient, which means less drying time!).  Otherwise a second rinse is not necessary.

 

I have stinky diapers! Can Crunchy Clean help?

We think so! Crunchy Clean’s no build up, clean rinsing formula seems to help especially with customers who have had problems with stinky diapers in the past. We suggest either stripping your diapers the traditional way, or soaking them in 3-4 tablespoons of Crunchy Clean and very hot water for a couple of hours to get the best possible results.

 

Help! My laundry needs extra cleaning!

Are your diapers unusually stinky or dirty?  Add plain blue Dawn dish soap, Biokleen’s Bacout, or 2-3 squirts of Simple Green to your wash to boost Crunchy Clean’s cleaning ability.

 
Will the fragrance oils cause problems with my diapers?

The amount of fragrance oil is extremely concentrated because there is less than a drop of fragrance oil per tablespoon of Crunchy Clean, so you should have no problems with your cloth diapers.

 

What about my diaper warranty? Can I still use Crunchy Clean?

Some manufacturers have very specific instructions in order to keep your diaper warranty.  Bumgenius states, “You should only use detergents that are free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and brighteners. Using detergents containing these ingredients will cause damage to your diaper including elastic failure and leaking.” Crunchy Clean contains no dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners or brighteners.  If you are in doubt, we suggest ordering Crunchy Clean’s unscented version.

 

My child has extremely sensitive skin or eczema. Will Crunchy Clean be okay?

Children with sensitive skin, even those with eczema, have had great success using Crunchy Clean.  Both the Everyday and the Diaper Detergent are very gentle, and they don’t include any enzymes or optical brighteners to further irritate your child’s skin. We suggest starting with unscented, as the fragrance oils and even some of the essential oils can be harsh for especially sensitive skin.

 

My child has recurring yeast rashes and is wearing cloth diapers. What do I do?
The worst part about yeast is its tendency to come back so easily, so we suggest investing in a small bag of disposable diapers temporarily while the rash is healing. (I always erred on the side of caution with yeast and waited a little longer—my doctor said seven days– to put my baby back in cloth diapers.)
Wash your cloth diapers thoroughly in very hot water. The yeast can live in the diapers and can easily be re-introduced if not completely eliminated. (I learned the hard way when my daughter was little and her yeast rashes kept coming back.)

Here is what to do:
1- Soak diapers in hot water. Remove the bacteria with 10-20 drops of grapefruit seed extract, which is a natural antifungal.
2- Wash diapers in hot water with 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract and Crunchy Clean.
3- Do several rinses. (Yeast can be difficult to get rid of once your child has it. My doctor said it’s very common, especially if your child swims or is frequently out in the heat.)
4- Place diapers in the sun to dry them.

Also, if your child does not have open sores, try a cotton ball of apple cider vinegar on your baby’s skin to help with the rash, and slather yogurt live cultures on it to get rid of the rash.

For baby wipes, make a solution of tea tree oil, grape seed extract, a little vinegar, and water. Use that to wipe your baby to help with healing. (I started to recognize the rash more easily when it began, so I used this rash solution, which typically snuffs it out before becoming too bad!)