Three Reasons Why I Don’t Wash All of My Cloth Diapers Together

Do you have multiple kids in diapers or cloth trainers? Although having one diaper pail or hanging wetbag may seem like the easy thing to do, I made a decision to wash my diapers separately when baby sister was born last spring. This is a different scenario than having multiples (twins, triplets) in diapers since they are the same age, wearing the same size diapers and most likely eating the same diet.

Should You Wash All Cloth Diapers Together1. Different Age, Different Waste. I was not sure if I was going to keep the diaper loads separate for the first few months while my daughter was in newborn diapers or keep them separate for a longer period of time, but after I brought my daughter home I knew that I would keep them separate to start. Actually, the first time I changed my son’s diaper after returning from the hospital he suddenly seemed huge. And his urine and stools smelled a lot more, were bigger and just seemed yuckier than a tiny newborn. Granted the initial meconium and bright green or yellow stools are not all flowers and rainbows, but I did not want to risk any ammonia or toddler germs irritating her little bottom if heaven forbid any build up accumulated in my son’s diapers.

2. Laundry Every Day or Two Loads Every Other Day? This fueled my motivation to keep the diaper loads separate, because whether I threw all of the diapers in the same pail or not I was going to do the same amount of laundry. For an HE washing machine the recommendation is 15-18 diapers per load, so it is not an option to throw two or three dozen diapers in the same load. Thankfully, my son is potty trained now and only needs protection on long car rides or overnight, so the second load of cloth is getting smaller. It will be a happy day when I only have one load of diapers to do every other day!

3. Easier to Match Up Diaper Inserts. Now this is not an issue with all-in-ones or fitted diapers, but for pocket and all-in-two style diapers where inserts need to be either stacked or stuffed, it is easier when the different sizes of diapers are separate. It is also easier for those (many) days when you match or stuff the diapers straight out of the clean laundry basket as you need it throughout the day.

Do you wash all of your diapers together and have you come across any issues when doing so?

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. Trisha W. says:

    When I read the title of your post the first thing that popped into my head was “cross contamination” of ammonia issues. LOL.

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