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I Choose Cloth - I Chose Advocacy

During the month of May, Real Diaper Association's #getREAL campaign will provide REAL Facts about the RDA, REAL Member Advocates and cloth diapering. 
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I love putting a natural product on my babies. Being chemical free helps our family stay safe. We enjoy being kind to the environment by lessening our trash. The cost savings is also a wonderful thing! Thank you Cloth for enriching our lives! Cloth diapering has been so rewarding for us, however, I know being part of a circle would have made it more enjoyable. It has been hard finding a cloth community local to me and outside the context of online forums. I really think a circle is an amazing way to encourage and support parents who cloth diaper and I would like to make that happen for my region.  

Anna Quartuccio, Circle Leader in Training, New Jersey


Do you have the passion to #getREAL?

During the month of May, Real Diaper Association's #getREAL campaign will provide REAL Facts about the RDA, Real Member Advocates and REAL Diapering. Are you ready to make a REAL difference in your communtiy? Join the RDA today!

Why I Choose Cloth

For me, cloth diapers were the only choice. My son was premature; his delicate skin was unable to handle the harsh chemicals of disposable diapers. In fear of the same reaction with my second child, we cloth diapered right out of the gate. I even held a mini Cloth 101 class for the nurses who were in shock I even decided to cloth diaper, let alone at the hospital!

When I looked deeper into cloth diapers, it was an eye opening realization that this was not only the only choice for our family, it was the BEST choice! I knew that this would ring true for so many families. During my journey into cloth, I found that the perception of cloth diapers really had not changed in over 40 years. That is when I realized that the education for modern cloth diapering was greatly needed. My passion and my devotion to cloth diapering goes way beyond the personal choice I made for my family. As I educated myself and learned more about cloth diapering, I realized the importance it was for our community as a whole. I often found myself having conversations with other mothers about diapers in general. Cloth diapers, in my opinion, is the obvious choice. Unfortunately, many new parents and come who are not new, don’t realize that real diapers are the real choice for their family. Then after asking may questions I realized that it wasn’t so much the idea of cloth diapering, it was more about not being supported in the community, including cloth diapering in daycares, schools, etc. Here is where I see the most need!

Tamaira Kaster is a Circle Leader in Training in Ventura County, CA. 


#getREAL

During the month of May, Real Diaper Association's #getREAL campaign will provide REAL Facts about the RDA, REAL Member Advocates and cloth diapering. Are you ready to make a REAL difference in your community? Join the RDA today!

Real Diaper Advocates #GetREAL about why they choose cloth diapers.

"Cloth was a no brainer to us! We wanted a safe, earth-friendly option to diaper our children."

Casey Yeager, New York
Real Diaper Advocate and Circle Leader in Training


They need to see us to believe us!

April 23rd is right around the corner! Have you found your local GCDC event yet? You can still register to Host GCDC in your community for just a few more days! Join us, we're cool people!

Throughout your cloth diapering journey, I know you've heard at least one surprised response after someone learned you cloth diaper your baby. The Great Cloth Diaper Change was conceived, in part, because of how often people express disbelief that cloth diapers are "still used." Of course cloth diapers are used! They're REAL diapers. The method has stood the test of time, is safe for babies, and can be adapted to any parenting situation life throws at us.  This is why cloth diapering families are always eager to share their love for cloth with anyone who will listen. 

Our annual Great Cloth Diaper Change event gives us the opportunity to share that enthusiasm around the globe. This year we have 18 countries participating in the change! It's truly amazing! When Judy Aagard came up with the idea for the very first GCDC, she organized a community building event to bring cloth diapering families together for a little bit of fun. GCDC has always been free and open to the public so that anyone can come and try out a cloth diaper for themselves. We hang out, change our babies, share a Saturday morning with our tribe, and we show the world that, "Yes! People do choose cloth!" 

Join us as we promote the Great Cloth Diaper Change throughout the month of April with a fun photo challenge.  We want to see your favorite photos showcasing your experience as a cloth diapering family.  We have chosen a theme for each day from April 1st - April 23rd. Share one photo per day, according to the theme. Be sure to include the hashtags #GCDC2016 and #realdiapers with every post and tag your local event as well. 

On April 23, share a photo of yourself after you've attended your GCDC event, and tell the world #Ichooseclothbecause ...

Perhaps you choose cloth because it saves your family money. Maybe you choose cloth because you can't stand the thought of throwing that much poopy plastic into the ground to slowly decompose for 500 years, or because you make it a point to choose simple, reusable items for your family, or because you just can't get enough of natural fibers. There are more reasons than I can list here! 

Join our GCDC Photo Challenge and let the world see all the things we love about simple, reusable, cloth diapers. 

We'll choose a winner at the end of the challenge so make sure your photo is public, and tagged. Some of our local events are offering participation prizes and others are joining just for fun. Either way, this is the time to proudly wave your cloth diaper flag! Visit our Facebook page to see our daily example photos. 


Getting back to GCDC basics at the Mid Island Natural Parenting Expo

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Rachel Aube, organizer of the Mid Island Natural Parenting Expo, in Parksville, Vancouver. Rachel was part of the initial conversations with Judy Aagard when she conceived of the idea to gather cloth diapering families together for the first GCDC in 2011. As someone who has been involved since the beginning, Rachel had plenty of wisdom to share with us regarding the purpose and goal of the Great Cloth Diaper Change.

How did you first get involved with the Great Cloth Diaper Change?

Oh gosh! I remember when Judy first thought up the idea! I was part of those original conversations. The first year I helped a local retailer organize a GCDC event in Victoria, BC. We had a small event with 40 people. The mayor was our witness and we collected signatures to make local government consider diaper subsidies that included cloth diapers. Ultimately we were turned down for that effort, but we did get a lot of media attention. 

I love how advocacy was a part of your event from the very beginning!

Yes! It has always been about advocacy and aligning our event with the overall values of GCDC and the Real Diaper Association (RDA). We took the values of GCDC and applied them to our Natural Parenting Expo. Even though our event has grown significantly from our first year, we still prioritize the values of simplicity, local sources, environmental responsibility, and community building. We believe that supporting our local community helps make the paradigm shift we all want to see. It’s no longer such a hurdle to convince people to use cloth. I notice more babies in cloth everywhere. Single use things are falling out of favor. It used to be that 1 in 10 babies in my sign language classes wore cloth, now it’s at least a third of every class.

Your dedication has led you to host a GCDC event every year. As one of our most veteran Hosts, what advice do you have for our new GCDC Hosts this year?

Start small, look local and make it a community building event. You do not need to organize a large event your first year. Remember that GCDC is not meant to be a SWAG fest. It’s really about bringing people together. If you do have vendors, seek out small businesses, and approach local groups that have complimentary values. It’s all about community. We evaluate all of our vendors to make sure they fit in with our focus on gentle parenting, wellness, and environmentally responsible lifestyle choices. Our community is the “oldest zip code” in our country. In the beginning, parents that attended our events were surprised to see so many young people. They didn’t realize there were so many people like them in our community. Connecting parents to their local community also helps grow local business. In our area we have seen some well established businesses grow out of our expo because they saw that a community actually did exist that could support their business venture.

I encourage GCDC Hosts to embrace the foundation of this event. Use it as a means to educate. Bill it as a “come & try cloth diapers” event. Encourage attendees to borrow a cloth diaper from a friend, or buy one from a local business and then have them come to your event and show them how to use it. Share event posts regularly, even if it’s just a quick update on how planning is going. You don’t have to ask for things all the time. Be positive and keep it fun.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s inspiring to hear how your event has helped people make so many positive connections with each other.

It’s been a great experience for me! My involvement with RDA and GCDC changed my general outlook on what I do in my life. It inspired me to live according to the values I want to see in my community. My best advice to other Hosts is to use GCDC to connect people locally and be the change you want to see in your community. 

We couldn't have said it better Rachel! It is all about community for us too. Find your local GCDC community here and if there isn't one yet, consider organizing your first GCDC event this year. 

~Michelle Dominguez

Executive Director, Real Diaper Association


An Open Letter to the White House on the Diaper Divide

Today the White House published a blog post titled the “Diaper Divide," calling attention to the fact that many low income families struggle to afford the high cost of diapers for their children. While we were pleased to see this discussion raised by the highest branch of government, we were also disappointed that cloth diapers were not mentioned.  Cloth diapers are economical, safe, and convenient, and they can bridge the Diaper Divide. 

We know that for many families, the cost of disposable diapers can be prohibitive. Our RDA Circle Leaders have heard firsthand stories of low income families forced to choose between purchasing food, or diapers.  Often economic necessity causes these families to stretch the use of their disposable diapers beyond what is sanitary or safe for their babies. It does not have to be this way!

Cloth diapering is a viable and reasonable choice for families, especially for those that struggle to make ends meet.

Cloth diapers can be significantly more affordable than even the cheapest disposable options. The White House blog post estimated a cost of $936 annually per child in disposable diapers. Considering that babies are typically in diapers for at least two years, this adds up to almost $2,000 just for diapers for one child. That is a lot of money!

There are many different cloth diapering solutions that are considerably more affordable.

For example, a full set (2 dozen) of economical pre-folds, water proof covers (6) and fasteners can be purchased for under $300. This money saving system can be used throughout the entire diaper period for a child, and can also be reused for subsequent children.  

For families in extreme need, reusing textiles such as a cotton t-shirt, or simple flour sack towels, in place of pre-folds can lessen this cost even further. While it may seem outrageous at first to suggest this as a viable option, please keep in mind that every diaper, whether disposable, or cloth, consists solely of a waterproof layer, and an absorbent layer.  Knowledge of a simple folding method, coupled with a waterproof diaper cover, can provide families with an effective, and exceptionally economical, diapering solution. Our board member, Janice Roodsari, RN, recently demonstrated this simple method in a video which you may find interesting:  https://www.facebook.com/janice.roodsari/videos/10206593875358523/

The benefits of using cloth diapers are not only economical.

We know that natural fibers are better for infant skin, and cloth diapers are a sustainable and green alternative to the waste of disposable diapers, which remain in our landfills for many hundreds of years. Far too often low income families bear the additional burden of excessive toxic pollutants in their communities due to their disadvantaged economic status. Lowering exposure to chemicals is a benefit to all children, but it is especially important for low income children who are often over-exposed in comparison to their more affluent counterparts.

Recent political efforts to pass diaper subsidy legislation is a good first step.  In California, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, (D-Chula Vista)  recently introduced two diaper subsidy bills aimed at reducing the economic burden of CAL-WORK participants. Unfortunately, just like the White House blog post today, cloth diapers aren't even mentioned. The Real Diaper Association (RDA) and the Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA), the trade association for cloth diaper businesses, are working to get cloth diapers included in the language of these bills

Advocating for economical diapering options for low income families without including cloth diapers in the discussion, limits money saving opportunities for the families who need it most. 

The Real Diaper Association has many resources available to assist families from all walks of life to successfully use cloth diapers. Families interested in trying out a cloth diaper can attend their local Great Cloth Diaper Change event on April 23, 2016 and see for themselves just how great cloth diapers are. We have tip sheets on laundry troubleshooting, advice for families who use laundromats, hand washing guides, resources for cloth diapering on a budget, upcycling textiles, using cloth in daycares, and much more! 

As the White House rolls out its Community Diaper Program, we call on the administrators of the program to include cloth diapers in their strategy to expand access to diapering solutions for low income families. The RDA is eager to assist in that effort as well. 

~Michelle Dominguez

Executive Director, Real Diaper Association

 


Hosting a Great Cloth Diaper Change Made Simple!

Greenfields WA, 2015 GCDC event2016 seems to be flying by, February is almost over! Registration for the Great Cloth   Diaper Change is currently open, with the event taking place Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. local time. April seems to be far into the future, but we have less than 9 weeks before the big day. It takes time and organization to create a successful GCDC event, so the time to get started is NOW!       

With a little bit of planning, you can help us beat last year’s score of 7,441 participants. What does it take to host a successful GCDC event? Honestly, you’ll be surprised how easy it is host this event in your local community. You get to decide how big you want to go. Your event can be large, with vendors and entertainment, or it can be a simple play-date with other families. The main focus is to bring awareness to reusable cloth diapers. To help jump-start you on the path to a successful GCDC, we’ve provided a few ideas that will keep you organized in the months to come.

  • Make planning this event a breeze by inviting others to help you plan your GCDC event. Invite friends and family, but also other parents who have cloth diapered or are interested in learning. There are no requirements for volunteers, other than their willingness to help. Delegating some tasks to volunteers can help you plan your GCDC event and eliminate many hassles.

  • Decide on the type of event you want to organize. Committing to a size at the beginning will help make planning easier.

  • Make a list of locations where the event can take place. Look into spaces that have plenty of square footage, ample parking spots. and most importantly are budget friendly. Partner with a local business to utilize a meeting room to avoid the cost of renting a location. If you’re a business owner, start thinking about space you already have. Imagine how you will rearrange your space to make room for the diaper change. Outdoor events are often economical and can provide a great backdrop for pictures, weather permitting.

  • Once you’ve decided where the event will take place, you can decide what other businesses or groups you’d like to invite to the event. You’ll be surprised how many businesses will support this event financially, by renting vendor tables, donating door prizes, or partnering with to cross promote your event throughout their local networks. You should definitely invite local stores that sell cloth diapers, business that make cloth diaper friendly body care products, and groups that support cloth diapers such as a natural parenting group to join your event. But don’t limit your list to only cloth diaper related businesses. Open your search to any business that could benefit by marketing themselves to families at your event.

  • Lastly, make sure to register for the event! Once you are registered, share the news by creating a Facebook event that can be easily shared with friends and local businesses. News spreads fast when people find out that the GCDC is happening in their local town.

To find more helpful hints and to see what other hosts are doing for their GCDC event, head over to the GCDC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greatclothdiaperchange/).

As we near April, look forward to more newsletters that are packed full of helpful hints that will aid you in creating a successful GCDC.  Remember, the only way to change diapers is one baby at a time!

- Erica Garvin

Erica has been a Real Diaper Circle Leader of The Farthest North Real Diaper Circle for the past 2 years. This will be her first year hosting a GCDC event in Fairbanks, Alaska, which has a large cloth diapering community. 

(Image thanks to Greenfields WA, 2015 GCDC event)


Introducing Michelle Dominguez: Our New Executive Director!

Michelle Domingues, Real Diaper Association Executive DirectorPlease join the RDA board in welcoming Michelle Dominguez as our new Executive Director! Michelle has been a vocal cloth diaper advocate since switching her two babies to cloth in 2008. She had two children in cloth at the same time for over a year, laundering all their diapers at home, while also working part time. Often when people learned that she had her children in cloth diapers, she was met with astonishment and questions of, “Isn’t that hard?” and, “You wash them too?!” Michelle was always proud to reply that not only was cloth diapering easy, it was personally rewarding to her as well, as there are few things more satisfying during the infancy period, than a pile of freshly laundered diapers, ready to be used on a sweet baby. Michelle was always quick to point out that sustainable cloth diapers are best for babies, and the planet, which in turn means they’re good for parents too.

Professionally, Michelle has extensive event planning and non-profit program management experience, and she enjoys working directly with people through community organizing, education, and advocacy projects. She has worked for a variety of environmental organizations, including Greenpeace USA, and the Environmental Action Foundation, the original organizers of Earth Day. Her passion for civil rights and economic justice were honed through her work teaching English and Spanish literacy to immigrant communities, and during her time working for the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization, the National Council of La Raza.

Michelle began working for RDA in late 2012 as an assistant organizer for the 2013 Great Cloth Diaper Change. Since 2015, she has taken the lead role in coordinating our annual fundraising and advocacy event. She is excited to step into the role of Executive Director for RDA and will bring her enthusiasm, and dedication to our mission of creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, sustainable cloth diapers. Michelle’s goals of growing the organization, and increasing our funding, will enable RDA to strengthen our capacity to support cloth diapering families. Like us, Michelle truly believes that all babies deserve to wear real 100% reusable cloth diapers. 

We are thrilled to bring Michelle's depth of experience and expertise to the RDA. 

Michelle can be reached at Michelle at realdiaperassociation dot org

Angela Torres
Chairperson, Real Diaper Association


Sharing My Cloth Diaper Love

As a new board member I wanted to write a brief “Get to Know Me” type post, and with today being Valentine’s Day it seems like an appropriate day to talk about why I love cloth diapering.  I have been using cloth diapers for almost 5 years now, starting full time at about 2 weeks with my first baby, and I have loved every minute of it….  Yes even the laundry.  The Big 3 Benefits of cloth diapering are pretty well known and discussed inside our cloth community and beyond.  Better for Baby, Better for Budget, Better for Our Environment.  And I love cloth diapering for those reasons and more!

I love knowing that I am keeping harsh chemicals like fragrances, SAP, and toxins away from my baby’s bottom.  I mean I am not a perfect mom, and my kids have definitely eaten something that was on the floor for longer than 3 seconds, but I love that I am at least doing a little something to keep their skin and bodies healthy.

Top: J at 3 months, H at 3 hours old, Me and My Mom in 1980, A at 3 days old. Bottom: J (2 yrs) with H (2 months) and  H (2 yrs) with A (2 months)I love saving money.  I love having enough money in my bank account to pay for utilities, and groceries, and soccer teams, and skating lessons, and preschool, and even mommy’s occasional Starbucks.  Cloth diapering has saved us so much money over the past 4+ years that we are able to pay for the little extras, and even some necessities along the way.

I love knowing that I am doing a small part to help our environment, even if it just not adding almost 1 ton of garbage to the landfill per child in two years of diapering.  I try my best to remember to recycle, and turn the water off when I brush my teeth, and bring my reusable bags to the grocery with me, but cloth diapering is an easy, no brainer way for me work to decrease my family’s impact on our shared environment.

I am a creature of comfort and I love that I know each time I put on a cloth diaper it will fit and it will work.  I don’t worry about leaks or poopy blowouts.  I don’t worry about him growing out of the diapers and wasting half of a box because I need to size up.

I love the history and family tradition involved in cloth diapering.  I was cloth diapered as baby, as was my mother, and grandmother, and so on.  My mother used cloth in the early 1980’s because they could not afford disposables… and because she has always been a little bit crunchy- extended breastfeeding, baby led-weaning, co sleeping, and even using a handmade baby carrier.  I love that connection we have.  I love that when I had my first child I thought it would be easier to just use the newborn diapers the hospital gave us, but the day we brought him home my mom started putting prefolds on him. I love that when I took her to the cloth diaper boutique, I was so excited to show her all in ones and fancy pockets, and she stood at the demo table in awe of the snappi; such a simple tool would have made her cloth diapering journey so much easier- and she would not have pinned me to my diaper.

I love that my youngest is wearing diapers that my oldest wore, and that I can take adorable sibling pictures with matching diapers.

I love that I can color coordinate my baby’s diaper to their outfits. I love that I can use adorable diaper prints and colors to celebrate the holidays.  I love that my children have a unique keepsake with their themed First Birthday Diapers.

I love that everyone can use cloth diapers.  I love that cloth diapers can be made out of t-shirts and bed sheets and blankets.  I love that families can donate their gently used cloth diapers to other families in need of diapers.  I love that there are several national and local cloth diaper banks that work hard to help alleviate diaper need in our country and provide struggling families with the ability to save money in their budget that would have literally gone in the garbage.

And I am not the only person that LOVES cloth diapering… When I asked my fellow circle leaders and moms why they loved cloth diapering, they shared their many reasons with me:

“I love how timeless and simple they are. My grandmother used prefolds, and so did I. I love the continuity across generations. Every time I pinned a soft cotton prefold on my babe, I felt connected to all the moms before me. (sappy perhaps, but seriously true.)”- Michelle, RDA Board

“I love that by diapering their little sister, I am teaching her elder siblings that even babies can do their part in taking care of the environment. Also I love that I don't have to buy disposables that go right in the garbage. As a single mom, it's important that our one income not go straight in the trash!!” –Tatiana, Círculo de Pañales de Tela Guadalajara

“I love how #realdiapers were the gateway to daily mindfulness of what and how we use things in our home.” -Angela, Northern Virginia Real Diaper Circle

Some were inspired to write poetry to express their feelings:

Ode to Cloth Diapering By Emily (Real Diaper Circle of Butler County)

C is for Convenient; no midnight diaper runs for me,
L is for Laundry; so much easier than I thought it would be
O is for On the Bum; cute prints and bright colors galore
T is for Tree Hugger; adding to the garbage mounds no more
H is for Happy, Healthy, and Home; I have saved some much money and time, I could write this little poem!

Diaper Poem by Kristen (Real Diaper Circle of Rhode Island)

Roses are red and violets are blue,
My diaper does not go in the trash...I have a diaper stash.


Dear Trash Collector by Zoe (Lehigh Valley Diaper Circle)

Dear my trash collector, let me make your load lighter

‘Cos my baby's in her hemp and cotton, makin' our world so much brighter.



And one even wrote a song to profess her love. (Amy of the Real Diaper Circle of Metro Vancouver) 
 

So Happy Valentine’s Day and go forth to spread the love of cloth!

 
Post Written by Emily Kuhn

Circle Leader for Real Diaper Circle of Butler County (OH) & RDA Board of Directors Member
 

 


Laundromat Challenge: What We Learned

Last Fall Real Diaper Association many volunteers and circle members took on the Laundromat Challenge: Wash your diapers in a shared, coin operated laundry facility for one load or more.

But why?  Well for three reasons: 

1. To gain first hand experience, 2. To provide better support to families who wash using shared coin-laundry machines, and 3. Because we enjoy a good challenge!


Our goal was to use the data collected to create a Tip Sheet that would share an evidence based wash routine and advice for/from real families using coin-operated, shared machines. Many times lack of in home, private laundry facilities are listed as a reason that cloth is not a viable option; whether on vacation, during a transition or in daily life. These results will help put these myths to rest.

 

Challenge participants used shared, coin operated machines in various settings: local Laundromat, apartment complex laundry room, and hotel guest laundry facilities. They collected the following information on each wash/dry cycle:

 

•type of machines offered for public wash and dry use

•length of time per cycle

•cost per cycle

•wash routine used

•diaper stash

*thoughts, suggestions, and advice on doing cloth diaper laundry in a public facility.


So what did we find out?


 

•Average wash cycle: 36 minutes

•Average cost per wash cycle: $2.5

•Average cost to dry: 50 cents per 10 minute

•Most people used a combination of machine and hang dry

 

We found that one-week of washing at Laundromat costs: $7-$10 (depending on drying options and local costs) compared to average of $15 per week for disposable diapers  *This does not account for the initial investment into a cloth stash. If you invest in $300 worth of diapers, you will save approximately $500-$900 over disposable, depending on drying style and local costs. 

 

All types of diapers were washed successfully, although flats and prefolds were the most common. All types of fabric were washed successfully, although cotton was the most common.


The majority of respondents found success with pre-rinsing diapers at home in toilet/laundry sink/bath tub, to help reduce number of cycles needed at Laundromat.

Every respondent said using a shared, coin operated facility was a viable option for cloth families and most recommended planning ahead like: knowing your services and machines available, time management, ensuring you have a place to hang dry (if you want to,) and focusing the cloth diaper stash on easy to wash/use flats and covers.

 

We used these results and respondents’ comments to create a recommended wash routine for families using shared laundries. This routine is based on laundry science and the WATCH formula which came out of a collaboration between the RDA and Steven Tinker, Senior Vice President of Research & Development and Marketing at Gurtler Industries, Inc., former president of the American Reusable Textile Association and a founding member the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council.


Wash Routine

 

1.Dump solids in toilet.

 

2. Rinse/wring out soiled diapers in tub/sink prior to going to facility. Adding little detergent to your rinse can help lift and release top layer of soiling. We suggest 25% of amount used in main load it rinsing all diapers at once. 

 

3. Wash on warm with enough detergent to clean your load size. Industrial washers sometimes heat water internally and may heat above 150* on Hot. Choose the largest capacity washer that will fit your load. Adding a couple of towels can help increase agitation.
 

4. Rinse: Most industrial machines will do 3-4 rinses for each wash cycle, so no need for additional rinses. If you are using a standard machine, like could be found in an apartment complex, add an extra rinse.

 

5. Hang dry at home to save time (and money.) If you choose to use a machine start with 20 minutes on low heat and add time as needed.
 

SEE OUR NEW SHARED FACILITY LAUNDRY TIP SHEET HERE!

 

Our challenge respondents had some additional tips and advice for those using shared machines: 

 

  • If rinsing after each change, store diapers in open pail or open wetbag to help prevent mold. 

 

  • Use a bath towel or two to help bulk up the load and increase agitation in front loading machines. 

 

  • Check the detergent dispenser. If you can see residue you might want place detergent directly in drum, even with liquid. This helps to prevent residue and gunk from other detergents and laundry additives transferring to your diapers.

 

  • Wiping out the inside drum with damp cloth before wash cycle may reduce the transfer of unwanted detergents or soaps used by others. 

 

  • Build a diaper stash with diaper fabrics and styles that are easier to wash: like cotton and hemp, and flats or prefolds with covers. 

 

  • Wool covers and boosters are a great addition to your stash since they do not require machine washing. 

 

  • Be sure to build a stash with enough diapers to last between trips to the laundry facility. 

 

  • Use everyday household items like t-shirts, flour sack towels, or other cotton items to help increase your stash size and stretch time between trips to the laundry. 

 

  • Some facilities offer Top Loading machines: HE Top Loaders (with reduced or no agitator) can hinder creating an adequate amount of agitation. Refer to the RDA’s Watch Formula to see how to make possible adjusts to your routine. 


Many families wash in shared laundries successfully on a regular basis, in emergencies-like when your washer breaks- or while on vacation. If you find yourself in using a shared machine, we hope these findings will help you clean your diapers.

If you have washed cloth diapers in a shared facility, what tips or advice do you have for other families?

 

- Emily Kuhn

Real Diaper Circle Leader & RDA Board of Directors Member


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