GCDC SPOTLIGHT: First time host in Goodyear, Arizona

Janelle Allen-Cavanaugh is a first time host in Goodyear, Arizona who has demonstrated awesome graphics abilities and has lots of fresh new ideas. We interviewed her to see how the planning is going and what her experience with GCDC has been like so far.

About the event: It is located in Goodyear, in the far west valley in Arizona. Janelle is a first time host, hosting alone but has recruited several volunteers to assist. She is hosting under her company Rescued Rumps ( She currently has 53 preregistered participants but is hoping for 100. The event will be held at Goodyear Community Park. Nearby is the farmers market, community art walk, and splash pad so she is really encouraging the event as a whole family day. She does have some vendors at the event who are allowed to advertise but not sell products due to restrictions placed by the farmers market. She has a lot of community involvement from businesses and families.

Promoting the event: Janelle used some “You’ve been spotted with a baby” fliers and stuffed them between packages of diapers at the store. She has utilized social media through her facebook page with tags and links to supporters. She has done “sneak peeks” of prizes and offered small prizes for preregistered participants.

Why hosting is great: When asked what people are most excited about, they have responded “Meeting you and other cloth using families!” People are excited to be having an event nearby and are expressing a lot of thanks to her for hosting.

Handling sponsors: Janelle sent out lots of email blasts to companies that were sponsoring giveaways on their sites or that she thought were relevant to the event. She made sure to send the emails so they were waiting in their inbox at 6am. They are providing her with coupons, fliers, samples, and prizes. She has been tagging and linking all supporters on her facebook page. She is also planning to take pictures of winners with their prizes and send them to the companies so they can see where their products ended up. She also made a large banner and small brochures for participants highlighting each sponsors logo. She did have a deadline to be included in the brochure which encouraged early commitments from vendors.

To find a Great Cloth Diaper Change event near you, please visit the website. We need your babies to be able to break the world record – - and we promise a fun time for all!

- Megan Bost, 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change Organizing Committee

School of Cloth Sponsor Highlight: Ju-Ju Monkey

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Sara Moore from Ju-Ju Monkey in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Sara is an accredited Leader of the Lehigh Valley Real Diaper Circle (a free resource for the cloth diapering community), a Real Diaper Association Board Director, and Treasurer of the Real Diaper Industry Association Board of Directors.  Ju-Ju Monkey donated $500 of cloth diaper products to the School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.

How important a task is cloth diaper education to your business?

Cloth diaper education is vital to Ju-Ju Monkey.  To borrow from discussions involving the RDA, what we really sell is cloth diapering - the action, not cloth diapers – the product. Of course we sell cloth diapers, however cloth diapers are not something you can take off a shelf and just use.  You need to know how to care for them properly.  A big box store employee can’t offer that type of service. However Ju-Ju Monkey and your local cloth diaper retailer can!  Also if you are having difficulty for any reason, Ju-Ju Monkey will support you to troubleshoot your issues (leaks, laundering, etc)

How frequently do you teach cloth diapering classes in your community?  What types of classes do you teach?

Ju-Ju Monkey is currently teaching about 5 classes a week for School of Cloth.  That will probably change to about 2 a week thereafter. We offer

  • Cloth 101, which is everything you ever wanted to know about cloth diapers...but were afraid to ask!
  • Wonders of Wool Workshop covers one of the easiest cloth diapering cover options available.  Wool is ideal because it’s super breathable, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and remarkably waterproof while absorbing up to 30% of its weight in moisture.
  • Laundry Science is important because many factors come into play that cause variations in laundering for different families.  In this class we go over some basic laundry science and help you to understand how to troubleshoot your diapers when problems arise.
Do you have a favorite memory about a class or family that you taught?

My favorite memory is of a family who was so frustrated with cloth diaper laundry that they were about to give up all together.  Reason being, they couldn’t figure out what they were doing wrong and it was causes blistering rashes. The mom came to me almost in tears because the rest of the family became turned off to cloth altogether.  After talking with her and asking the right questions, I was able to give a few suggestions on how to alter her wash routine.  Within a week they resolved their problem and continued to successfully use cloth diapers until potty training 2 years later!

What's your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering?

Not to get overwhelmed in the information out there. As with everything in life, it is best to keep it simple.  There are a lot of acronyms and new words used between cloth diapering families. None of that really matters when you are starting out.  Every diaper can be broken down into two parts: the absorbent part and the waterproof part.  So when comparing diaper A to diaper B, ask yourself what makes this diaper absorbent and what makes it waterproof.  The rest is bells and whistles. If it starts to get overwhelming, just buy one of a few different variations before making a big purchase.  That way you have a better idea of what you are looking at.

Ju-Ju Monkey is a family owned business specializing in cloth diapering, babywearing and natural baby care. Our philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that healthy lifestyle choices extend to baby and family. Today more and more people are choosing to live and eat healthy, so choosing baby products that do not contain harmful chemicals and additives is naturally the next step. With over 3 years of experience successfully matching customers with healthy natural products, you can be assured that making the right choice for your family is literally at your fingertips. Ju-Ju Monkey is committed to providing the knowledge and understanding necessary to make educated choices when it comes to your family.

School of Cloth Sponsor Highlight: Bummis

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Betsy Thomas from Bummis in Montreal.  Bummis has made cloth diapers for the past 25 years according to their unwavering vision: "to make high-quality, affordable and easy-to-use cloth diapers, and to educate and infuse parents with our passion for them."  They also have a retail store serving their local Montreal community.  Bummis donated $500 of cloth diaper products to the School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.

RDA: How would you describe your business and its place in your community?

BT: Bummis was the first attachment parenting store in Montreal – before anyone really knew what an attachment parenting store was! We run it as if our clients are invited guests in our home. It’s a lovely, comfortable space where new and expectant parents come to learn in a completely non-pressured environment about our big 3; cloth diapers, babywearing and breastfeeding. We sell really fantastic products and the staff is extremely knowledgeable about them. We don’t practice hard selling – we just try to help people to make the best choice for them. We provide lots of information and resources in a very non-judgmental atmosphere, but we are passionate advocates of attachment parenting.

RDA: How important a task is cloth diaper education to your business?

BT: It is probably the MOST important thing we do in our business. We sell more cloth diapers than anything else in our store, and so we try to ensure that people are well prepared and will be successful at using and washing them. 

RDA: Do you have a favorite memory about a class or family that you taught?

BT: I was hanging out in the store one day eavesdropping as one of my employees was teaching a lovely young couple (very pregnant) about cloth diapers. The dad was asking very precise and perceptive questions about storage and washing, and had some great and novel ideas about how to organize a cloth diaper changing station. I was pretty fascinated and finally jumped into the conversation. I said it sounded like an engineer approaching cloth diapering – and he laughed and said he was an engineer, but was currently playing music instead for a living. So I commiserated a bit with them both about combining a family with a career in music, as my husband is a musician and it wasn’t easy when my kids were growing up – late nights, travelling, the uncertainty, etc… We had a fun conversation and then I went upstairs to my office. After they left my staff called me and said they realized that I hadn’t known who I was talking to….and that it was actually 2 members of Arcade Fire (Montreal’s own, by the way!). I was SO embarrassed – haven’t gotten over it yet.

RDA: What's your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering?

BT: Take some time to get accustomed to your new diapering system, and don’t be afraid to play around with the folding and fastening, etc. If you are starting out with a newborn, put them into newborn sized cloth diapers right from the start, as you will find they fit well and are VERY easy to use. Also cloth diapers are healthy and comfortable for fragile newborn skin.  If you are making the switch to cloth diapers from disposable diapers, you may experience a period of adjustment at first. Some families find that when making this switch, mixing your cloth diapering system with disposables in the beginning (for outings or overnight) can make this transition easier. Go ahead – don’t fret about it! Take the time you need to wrap your head around this change. Most parents find that using and washing cloth diapers is way easier than they thought it would be, and quickly become avid full time users.

WE ARE RDA: A Celebration of School of Cloth Volunteers

It's been so active lately at RDA that I needed to take a break this evening while my husband was at hockey and the kids are in bed to tell you about all the amazing work being done behind-the-scenes by Real Diaper Association volunteers.  Because RDA is not some faceless entity. It's a goal to which many people are contributing. And they should be recognized for the part they're playing.  And maybe you can be inspired to add your strengths to the effort. Here's Part 1 about the School of Cloth.

When I heard about "Real Nappy Week" in England, I was, frankly, jealous. I couldn't believe they were able to pull together an entire industry - an entire MOVEMENT - to spend a whole week educating the people of the country about cloth diapers.  WOW!  As it turns out, I wasn't the only one who was so inspired.  Over the past few years, tens of thousands of people in the US - - and even around the world - - have shown their commitment to our shared goal of increasing the practice of cloth diapering in their communities through their organization of and participation in local Great Cloth Diaper Change events.  Many of those people expressed their desire for more opportunities to educate about cloth diapers.  The School of Cloth, a month full of cloth diaper education events, came from those desires, and, appropriately, it's happening with the energy of some amazing volunteers and sponsors.

I want to mention sponsors only briefly here. Many readers (like myself) might skip right over a thank you of sponsors, thinking  that it's just an obligatory mention.  However, I recognize that our donors give with their hearts to this shared mission, and the fact that they have the courage and generosity to match that gift with their wallets makes me sincerely grateful.  Their enthusiasm for and commitment to the School of Cloth really set it up for success. The volunteers below are carrying it through... 

Janice Roodsari - Janice, a Real Diaper Circle Leader from Ventura, CA, volunteered to "help" with social media for the School of Cloth - - and wound up running a major social media campaign. We've co-written some things about cloth diapering and she's so engaged in all of our conversations that she has developed into a trusted writer for an organization that is very careful with our words.  Janice is posting or organizing us in all our Facebook posts this month. Notice how active we've been? Janice knows what the Real Diaper Association has to offer the world and she's making it visible to the people who need it.

Cheri Chapman and Lisa Dunne - Lisa is a new volunteer who offered her marketing skillset toward our mission. We started talking about social media just before School of Cloth started and really solidified the vision for a social media calendar. Cheri has also been more recently engaged and her enthusiasm for a highly engaged social media presence made that vision even more grandiose - - but still do-able.  Of course, Cheri offered her assistance in executing the vision she helped to grow and Lisa will be analyzing our work afterwards to help us develop a solid, usable longer term social media plan.  Janice is thanking them both - ha!

Calley Pate and Kelly's Closet - Calley's record for ALWAYS helping when asked -- and in a big way -- remains unbroken with this project. The vision of online education to match the in-person education happening from our School of Cloth hosts seemed best coordinated through a blog ring where we could bring together all the brightest voices on the topic to really reach cloth diapering deeply into our communities.  Calley put the blog ring all together, spread the word, and continues to lead it on new topics each week.  And Kelly's Closet?  When one person (who shall remain unnamed - ahem, gulp) neglected to consider the actual costs of shipping all the cloth diaper donations out to winners and charities, Calley asked and long-time RDA supporter Bobbi-Jean Palmer immediately sent us PayPal funds.

Bloggers Participating in the School of Cloth Blog Ring -  Each of them take hours of their week to offer their best advice and wisdom to help more families find and use reusable cloth diapers.  AND to "linky" them into the ring.  The last of which I am quite certain I would not be able to do.

Amber Lawrence-Whitted and Julie Ham - Amber and Julie, co-leaders of the Real Diaper Circle of Wayne County, NC, have received the thousands of dollars of donations from our sponsors (can you imagine how much space $5000 worth of cloth diapering supplies might take up?), photographed it all, and thanked the sponsors.  But their job isn't done - - now they'll have to repackage it for winners and for the cloth diaper charities that the winners chose, package it up, and ship it all back out again.  And not lose anything.  With kids around.  This would not happen in my house.

Priscilla Román and Amy Bloss-Rodgers - Amy's the leader of the Low Country Real Diaper Circle and Priscilla is training to join her. Priscilla is taking all the host information from EventBrite (where they register to participate) and putting it into map markers so that it appears on the School of Cloth page for families to find -- then making all the required changes requested by hosts.  Amy is adding those hosts to a Facebook group and supporting them with anything they need to run new and exciting classes in their communities this month.  She adds such value in this role, sharing her experience with the wide variety of classes that she and local volunteers run in their Circle every month.

Cindi Effenberger - Another leader in training, Cindi is handling the daily intake of participant submissions to the drawing, including making sure we have safe backups.  This role is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the overall event, so Cindi's prompt attention to detail is incredibly valued.

Forty-one School of Cloth Hosts - All these volunteers across the US and Canada are planning and running classes in their community -- teaching in the School of Cloth on the ground. I can't wait to see the pictures from these events (coming soon, says Janice and Cheri!)! This is what some of us are doing together this week on one project to facilitate more cloth diapering.  Watch this space to find out what others are doing.  Join your talents here.

Grateful and energized to work with you all,

Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association

School of Cloth Sponsor Highlight: Planet Bambini

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Stefanie Bye from Planet Bambini in Bakersfield, CA.  Planet Bambini offers cloth diapering and baby wearing support and advice, as well as making top of the line products available to their local consumers.  Stefanie is also an accredited Real Diaper Circle Leader and founder of the Bakersfield Real Diaper Circle.  Planet Bambini donated $500 of cloth diaper products to the School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.

School of Cloth event at Planet Bambini

1. How would you describe your business and its place in your community?

SB: Planet Bambini is a gathering place for natural minded parents in the Central Valley of California. We offer classes and products that can be difficult to find in this area. I support and connect families with cloth diapering through the Bakersfield Real Diaper Circle.  We also facilitate a cloth diaper bank organized by a major diaper manufacture to provide cloth diapers and education to those who could not afford it otherwise.

2. How important a task is cloth diaper education to your business?

SB: Cloth diaper education is one of the founding principles of our business. We provide several classes to aid our local customer along their cloth diaper journey. When we started Planet Bambini we wanted to see more local babies in cloth diapers. The only way to do that was to get the word out about how awesome they are and the proper ways to use and take care of them so they stay awesome. Cloth diapering can be very simple, but without skill and information it can also be very frustrating. We want people to love their diapers as much as we do.

4. Do you have a favorite memory about a class or family that you taught?

SB: I still remember the first wool class I taught when we moved the store into a industrial office location, just to see if the community would support a brick and mortar. Although they were wool novices the night of the class, the attendees of that class are now some of the most experienced wool users in our circle. Out of the eight participants, six switched to wool as their full time diaper cover (some children are no longer in diapers). Out of the other two, both still use cloth diapers, one uses wool intermittently and the other prefers PUL. The people in that class have become friends and now assist in teaching the wool classes we offer from time to time. Although we joked that night that people should wear name tags with their profile pictures, many have gone on to become friends in “real life.” I think cloth diapering and classes provide a stronger community through a shared interest.

5. What's your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering?

SB: Be willing to try different diapers. There is no universal fit, and you may end up liking a diaper you never thought you would. I didn’t try flats until my second child, but I love them!

Planet Bambini is offering many cloth diapering classes this month as part of School of Cloth.  For more information and to register for classes, check out their website.

School of Cloth Sponsor Highlight: Enkore Kids

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Susan McCarthy from Enkore Kids in Boonsboro, MD.  Enkore Kids specializes in new and used cloth diapers, baby carriers, clothing, toys, and baby-related equipment.  Susan is in training to become a Real Diaper Circle Leader to even better serve her community through cloth diaper education and support.  Enkore Kids donated $500 of cloth diaper products to the School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.

Great Cloth Diaper Change at Enkore Kids, April, 2013

How would you describe your business and its place in your community? 
SM: We offer our customers and community a great way to raise their children affordably in these increasingly difficult economic times. We provide families with a way to get money back for items their children have outgrown or are no longer using and provide a great selection of gently used items at less than new retail prices to help them provide new items for their children. Our large selection of new and used diapers can help a family save thousands of dollars just in diapering alone. We have an ever changing selection of items and take pride in getting to know our customers and being able to spend time helping them make the best choices for their families 

How important a task is cloth diaper education to your business? 
SM: Cloth diaper education is very important to our business. Our classes show them it's so much easier than they thought. We believe in helping families to save money and to help reduce the environmental impact of having a child. Education helps parents make the best choices for their families without succumbing to misleading advertisements or the latest hype. 

How frequently do you teach cloth diapering classes in your community? What types of classes do you teach? 
SM: We teach families everyday in-store about diapers and offer classes several times a year about diapers. We also offer classes and education in the areas of baby wearing and car seat safety. 

What's your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering? 
My favorite piece of advice to give to new parents about cloth diapering is to not give up- they may need to try several brands and/or styles of diapers before the find the right combination to fit their baby and their lifestyle. Also, as baby grows they may need to adjust their routines and stash again. Cloth diapering is not a one time purchase and you're done, even with “one-size” diapers. It's an evolving part of your child's life. 

Enkore Kids is offering many cloth diapering classes this month as part of School of Cloth.  



Using Flour Sack Towels as Flat Diapers

Flour sack towels make great, versatile flat diapers.

Flats by far are one of my favorite diapers to use, and make up 75% of my diaper stash. I have two children in cloth, a two year old and a 7 ½ month old, and I reach for my flats 90% of the time. The only type of flats that I have in my stash and the only ones I have ever used are Flour Sack Towels (FSTs). Therefore, I have nothing really to compare the FST to, since I have never tried a name brand flat.

Two years ago, I wanted to participate in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, but needed to buy flats on a very tight budget. I heard about FSTs so I was off to find them. I started the challenge with 10 FSTs and 5 receiving blankets. By the end of the challenge, I was in love with them and bought 10 more to add to my stash.


The benefits of using FSTs as flats are:

- They are very accessible. Most chain stores have Flour Sack Towels in the kitchen linen aisle. I have found them in Wal-Mart, Target, and Meijer. 
- They are cost effective. All of them averaged $1 each.
- They work well. There is not much shrinkage, folding is easy and they are soft. Absorbency depends on the age of the towel, but I have not had many problems with them. 

Prepping them was easy. A 20 minute boil with a drop or two of Dawn dish soap and a wash in the machine and they were ready to use.

The only down side to using FSTs: They give off lint every time you wash them. In addition, this can be messy and more work. When I go to fold my clean FSTs and shake first, lint ends up all over the floor. You can tell right where I stood to fold my FSTs. This lint can also be found on baby’s bottom. Since they are always leaving lint behind, they are also becoming thinner. To this day, I still have about four FST that have been in my stash for one year, but they are so thin I can see through them, or they have holes in them. Since they thin so much I use two FSTs together to make one diaper for my child. Therefore, fifty FSTs gives me 25 diapers.

Overall, they are great for a quick pinch if you need to increase your stash, need an emergency diaper when on a trip, or want to try out flats before spending the money. If you decide flats are for you and you want them, I suggest saving and buying actual flat diapers. They may last you longer, and still be easy on your pocket book in the end.

- Luann Wells is an RDA volunteer in training to be a Circle Leader in the Low Country Real Diaper Circle.

Using cloth diapers on a budget – How to build that stash!

The most economical and historically effective commercial method of cloth diapering is simple flats or prefold diapers. Families can cloth diaper for around $100 by using one-size waterproof covers and prefolds, or cloth diaper for even less by using items around your home.

With a tight budget, there are alternatives to help build a stash of cloth diapers:

1. Create a baby registry for cloth diapers. Consider having a “cloth diaper shower.”

2. Buy gently used diapers.

3. Use items that you have around the home.

4. Try an economical system like flats and prefolds.

5. Save a little money each week to buy your diaper stash. Build your stash over time.

The following chart shows how to build a stash of cloth diapers over time.  Prefold diapers will be used in the example assuming the average prefold costs $2.80 and the average disposable diaper costs $.20.  For the purposes of this chart, initially you will need to purchase one prefold.  Replacing one disposable with one prefold every day for two weeks will allow you to save another $2.80.  You will now have two prefolds to use every day.  The effect is similar to a debt snowball.

After two months, you will have enough prefolds to use cloth full-time!

In reality, you will need an inexpensive diaper fastener (such as a pin, Snappi or Boingo) or a waterproof cover to hold the prefold on the baby.  These can be purchased up front for around $15 or you can make a cover and inserts from items you already have at home.  You can slow down your purchasing snowball to buy additional covers or use your extra savings at week 9 to purchase more.

Diapers can be hand washed while you are building your stash and only have a few.  An alternative is to wash each diaper with towels or other items that you will be washing in a machine on hot water.

You can use the diaper purchasing snowball with any cloth diapering system.  Just evaluate your goals, your budget, and what type of diapering system you prefer.  The timing of the complete conversion to reusable cloth diapers will change depending on the variables.  The most important aspect is that everyone can cloth diaper, and everyone can be freed from the economic bindings of disposable diapers.  Enjoy your savings from week 9 through potty learning!

- Elizabeth Pilgrim, Oklahoma Real Diaper Circle Leader

Cloth diaper banks - Helping families in need get started

The decision to cloth diaper is one of the single most economical decisions that a family can make. The tangible benefit to their family’s financial health is immediately felt. There is no doubt that cloth diapers save you money, and you can see a return on your investment in the matter of a few short months. But what about families who cannot afford to invest in a $400 stash of pocket diapers up front, or even $100 for prefolds and covers?

A family might spend $40-60 per month on disposable diapers, or $14 per week on packages of Pampers from the grocery store, but if budget is an issue, then to drop a hundred dollars on one diaper purchase is out of the question. Especially for families who are having to choose between food and diapers, the epidemic is wide spread and keeping families trapped in buying that one small package of diapers each week.

For families like this, is there another way? In fact there are several ways to skirt around this commercial booby trap! A family could buy used cloth diapers in the secondhand market or reuse items around your house as diapers.

Another option is to sign up for the services of a Cloth Diaper Bank. These banks have sprung up around the country and multiplied over the past 3 years. Many banks are local, but there are 2 who ship nationally: Giving Diapers Giving Hope (GDGH) and The Rebecca Foundation. You can go here to see a list of all of the Cloth Diaper Banks and here to see a map of where they are all located.

Each bank uses different income guidelines and application requirements for documenting diaper need. Some of these programs lend diapers, while others give them away. Either way, they all help families start cloth diapering.

A family can expect to receive anywhere from 12-40 cloth diapers, and most banks also provide assistance in the form of Cloth Diapering 101 classes, mentors, resources, or other guidance.

To find out if there is a cloth diaper bank near you, explore the list and options linked above. Even if you already cloth diaper, there are often opportunities to volunteer or donate your own used diapers.

Check out this video, made by Kim Rosas of Dirty Diaper Laundry.










- Stacy Mojica, Low Country Real Diaper Circle Leader and founder of Cloth for Every Bum

The simplicity of hand washing cloth diapers

Hand washing cloth diapers is easy especially when using simple diapers like flats and prefolds.   I recommend washing every day.  It only takes a few minutes and is less daunting than washing several days’ worth of diapers at a time. Simple steps to hand wash cloth diapers:

  1. Pre-rinse the diaper with warm water
  2. Use a small amount of detergent and agitate the diaper in hot water.
  3. Rinse well and wring out excess water.
  4. Hang to dry.

Pre-rinse the diaper.

Dunk the soiled part of the diaper into the toilet to remove solids.  Any residual can be rinsed in the sink or bathtub and washed down the drain.  Store wet diapers in the sink, a small plastic bin, or a wetbag.  Soaking dirty flats or prefolds (in a safe area) between washings will help get them clean.

Use a small amount of detergent and agitate the diaper.

If desired, use rubber gloves to protect your hands while scrubbing.  Fill the sink, bathtub, or a bucket with hot water and a clean-rinsing detergent.  Be cognizant of the amount of detergent used as a sink will have much less water than a washing machine.  Massage the fabric with your hands and rub the fabric together.  It takes about 5 minutes to wash just a few diapers at a time.

Rinse well and ring out excess water.

Drain the water and rinse each diaper.  Twist each diaper to wring the water out while removing as much water as possible as this will shorten drying time.

Hang to dry.

Hanging diapers outside is an efficient way to dry; however, flats and prefolds also dry quickly hanging inside.  Hang them over the shower curtain rod, a drying rack, or the back of a chair.

You should be able to see and smell that your diapers are getting clean.  If you are concerned about bacteria residue in the diapers, you can iron flats and prefolds.  The heat will kill any bacteria that could be present.

In my experience, there is a satisfaction that comes with personally washing your baby's diapers.  It's just one more thing I can do for my baby, and I love to hang clothes outside.  It brings me a sense of peace that I do not find in other everyday chores.  I hope you will also find joy in the simplicity of hand washing your cloth diapers.

- Elizabeth Pilgrim, Oklahoma Real Diaper Circle Leader