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Caring for Your Cloth Diapers

How do I wash and dry the diapers?

If the outer cover is a dark color, wash with like colors in cold water,  2-3 times before use. By soaking your diapers in cold water with a little white vinegar, this process  will help to set the color and prevent the color from bleeding.

  • Pre-Wash: Brand new diaper repel moisture rather than absorb it. Make sure that you wash 3-4 times before using.   There can be residue left on the fabric from the production process that can cause leakage. Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/4 of your normal amount. Detergent must be completely dissolved for optimum washing results.
  • Basic Washing: Simply remove the inserts from the pocket and flush away any soil (poo) left on the diaper. Rinse thoroughly to avoid stains and odor development. Diaper sprayers are very helpful to use for this process. Put the cover and the inserts together in the washer.  You do not need to wash your covers after every use if they are not too soiled. Simply rinse it thoroughly with warm water, hang dry and reuse it for a few more times before putting in the washer. Inserts can be pre-soak in cold for half an hour, then a hot wash.
  • Washing Routine: Don't wait more than 3 days to wash your diapers. Washing every 1-2 days will help to prevent the growth of bacteria, which is not good for your baby's skin and will cause your diapers to smell.  Using diaper liners or rinsing off poopy diapers (with a diaper sprayer) before they go into the diaper pail will also help prevent the growth of bacteria. 
  • Selecting a Washing Temperature: Water temperature is an important factor in getting your diapers clean. The maximum washing temperature for the outer shells/Diaper Covers is 95 degree F or 35 degree C.
  • Microfiber Inserts can be sanitize in any water temperature.
  • Bamboo Inserts please refer to Caring for your Bamboo diapers
  • Selecting a Detergent: Many detergents nowadays include enzymes, bleach, fragrance, optic brightener and other chemicals that actually damage the TPU (waterproof lining material) of your diaper, it will remain in the fabric, causing the diaper to leak.  Fragrance will irritate your baby's delicate skin and cause diaper rash.
  • Drying: Line dry the outer shell, or dry on medium for 10 mins, pull out the shells and then continue drying the inserts

KaWaii Baby diaper is made of TPU fabric, which is a heat laminated process to make the diaper waterproof. The TPU is not a chemical solvent process, eco friendly is our goal. It cannot withstand the heat or hot water. The colder the water the softer your diapers will be.

  • Amount of Detergent: Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/2 of your normal amount. Detergent must be completely dissolved for optimum washing results.
  • Velcro Type Outer Shells/Covers: Make sure to fasten the velcro fastener before washing. DON'T open the velcro fastener when the diaper is wet. It will reduce the stickiness ability.
  • Turning your diaper inside out before putting in the wash: To help prevent the color from fading on your diapers, turn the inner lining inside out before washing. This helps keep your diapers looking better and lasting longer. This is also the same with the dryer , the more heat you add to your diapers , the more worn out they become and faded by the heat. 
  • Elastic: The elastic cannot withstand high heat or santizing. The sanitize mode on your washer should be adjusted to below 95 degree F or 35 degree C  before you wash items with elastic.  The outer shells should be removed from the dryer before being totally dry. 

How to loosen or undoing a snap:

To unsnap the diaper, do not attempt to tear the fabric until the snap pop off, use your fingers to easily unsnap each snap. 

Things that you cannot do:

Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets, the fibers become clogged and will reduce the absorbency.

Do not use detergent containing fragrance, optical brighteners or fluorescent whitening agents. Harsh chemicals will irritate your baby's delicate skin and cause diaper rash.

Do not use bleach, it can ruin the elastic and damage the water-proofing of your outer shells or covers. Also avoid borax, whitening additives, detergents with chlorine bleach and stain removers.

Avoid rubbing detergent directly on the outer shell or cover. It will damage the water-proofing of your diapers and void your warranty.

If you choose to use a diaper cream, put a diaper liner between your baby's bottom and the diaper, it will prevent the diaper cream from  transfering  onto the fabric and reduce its absorbency.

How to disinfecting your diapers?

Recommend to do once a month. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Method 1: Baking Soda can kill bacteria and odor

Hand Washing: Use a basin of hot water (95 degree F, 35 degree C), add a little bit of baking soda, add diapers in the hot baking soda water, allow to soak until the water has cooled, line dry in the sunlight.

Machine Washing: Put the diapers in a full load of water, add 20g, or 4 teaspoons of baking soda, rinse and line dry in the sunlight.

Method 2: Lemon Juice can soften your diapers

Use 20g, or 4 teaspoons of lemon juice added to hot water, soak the inserts for an hour before your normal washing cycle.

Method 3: Vinegar

Vinegar helps neutralize the urine in diapers, equalizes PH balace. Vinegar helps break down soap residue or film build up. It is also a natural fabric softener, we recommend to use not more than 1/4 cup of White Vineger in the rinse cycle. 

Why do diapers leak and how do I prevent it?

Cloth diapers will always be more prone to leaks than disposables as they do not contain dangerous liquid-solidifying chemicals. There are lots of reasons for leaking and many solutions to help.

Immediate Leak/Repelling- this could be a result of the build up from detergent, ointments, soap, hard water minerals, or the residue of the manufacturing process. We recommend that you strip your diapers.  First run a cold rinse with no detergent, run a warm/hot cycle (little detergent if necessary but no bleach).  Run another cold rinse cycle. Continue washing on warm/hot and rinsing on cold until all the suds are removed and your rinse water runs clear.

Leaking after a short while- when you change the diaper, the diaper or the insert is completely saturated with liquid; you need to change the diaper more often or need more absorbency, the diaper has exceed the absorbency capacity

  • Too Wet - Diaper will leak when FULL AND SATURATED,  dampness spreading across the outer cover, usually from the legs, this is normal, even the most popular brand of diapers will do the same. Change the diaper often and don't wait until they are too wet.                               
  • Incorrect Use of Insert - Even a tiny bit of diaper fabric sticking outside of the cover can cause a surprising amount of urine to wick out quite quickly. Make sure the inserts are properly stuffed in place when you put it on your baby.
  • New diaper repels moisture - If the water droplets bead up on the surface, then your diapers need a few more washings in warm water using mild detergent.
  • Inserts not effective - detergents gradually build up on the fibers over repeated washing, causing the insert to become less absorbent and repel liquids rather than absorbing them.  You may soak the inserts in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and warm water for half and hour before washing.
  • Newborns wet their diapers often because they have very tiny bladders, prevent leaking.by changing your baby's diaper every 1-2 hours.
  • Difference between boys and girls - Perhaps your child has a very strong urine stream and literally leaks through the diaper, here are some tips.  For baby boys, they will need to have the thickness in the front.  Fluid tends to flow upward, but make sure that the diaper is not over the tummy button (umbilicus)before it is healed. For baby girls, they will need extra padding at the back.  This can slow down the urine stream so that the diaper has a chance to absorb.

Is the washing and drying of diapers difficult and time consuming?

It is neither difficult nor time consuming,  just remove the inserts from the outer shell and rinse off the soil before washing. We recommend using natural cleaning agents such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar to eliminate odor or stains. Washing and drying time is quicker than that of prefold diapers. 

Method of storing your used diapers prior to washing

Wet pail - store the soiled diapers in a solution of water, odor and stain eliminators such as baking soda, can reduce smells and staining in a wet pail.  Throw the soil and waste in a toilet or rinse with a diaper sprayer to loosen or remove waste before putting them in a wet pail.

The wet pail method acts like a pre-soak, and is best for controlling stains. Wet pails are heavy since you must lug the water around to fill or change, and the standing water creates a drowning hazard if a baby should get into the diaper pail. If you choose a wet pail for cloth diapers, you should be sure children can't reach it, or choose a locking top.

Dry pail - dry diaper pail is one where used diapers are stored with no standing water. Diapers are simply tossed in the pail and stay there until wash day. Shake the diapers over the toilet or spray with a diaper sprayer,  to get rid of any loose waste, before putting them in the dry pail. A diaper liner is also a preferred method for disposing of waste on the inside of your diaper.  Simply lay a new diaper liner on diaper with each change, when your baby poops just peel the liner off the diaper and flush it down the toilet. A sprinkle of baking soda or a small towel sprinkled with lavender or tea tree oil is sometimes used in a dry pail to control odors. A medium-sized trash, 54 quart or 13 gallon can with a flip-top lid works well as a dry pail, as will any other larger plastic container with a lid. A diaper pail liner may be placed on the inside of a trash can making it even easier on laundry days. Simply remove liner with diapers inside and take to your washing machine, dump out the contents and wash the diapers and the diaper pail liner at the same time. An extra liner is a good idea to have so that your diaper pail is ready for your next diaper change even before your laundry load is done. 

Note: Do not leave wet colored diapers mixed with whites because dye transfer can occur. Do not store wet diapers sealed in plastic bags which will encourage mildew growth and stains. 

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