You will need to wash your diapers every 2-3 days. If you prefer, or have a fewer number of diapers, you can wash them every day. I recommend washing them every other day.
There are many variations to washing your diapers, but remember to always use 1/3 or 1/2 of the normal amount of detergent, depending on the brand, your load size and water type, unless it is specifically formulated for cloth diapers. In that case follow the package directions.
I typically run a cold rinse cycle (no detergent) followed by a warm or hot wash cycle on “heavy soiled” with detergent and an extra rinse (my washer has a button to add this to the end to the cycle). In the rare case that I let my diapers sit for three days or during the toddler years I switch over to a rinse with a full Cold or Warm wash cycle (no detergent) followed by a warm or hot wash cycle and the extra rinse setting at the end.
Cloth diapers can be easily dried in an electric or gas dryer or line dried and you can read more about line drying options if you choose to take this route seasonally or year round. The benefits to line drying are savings on your electricity bill and when drying your laundry outdoors, the sun’s natural stain zapping rays keep diapers looking brighter.
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Disclaimer: These are guidelines based on my own personal experience and yours may differ. ALWAYS check the manufacture’s recommendations for washing or else you may risk voiding the warranty. Plus every company uses different textiles and they know their materials best.