Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Diaper Pre-Wash

        I know everyone does their cloth diaper laundry differently, but at our house we like to wash our poopy pre-folds out BEFORE they go in the washer. My husband has come up with a pre-wash solution of sorts that I wanted to share with you all, especially if you like to rinse your yucky diapers out ahead of time too! This is a pretty simple recipe with inexpensive ingredients, some of which you may already have!
Diaper Pre-Wash Solution

What you'll need:
-washing soda
-blue liquid Dawn dishwashing detergent
-pot for boiling
-container for solution

1) Fill the container you are going to use to store your solution up with water, but leave about a cups worth out.
2) Pour water into pot, adding 1/2 Cup of borax and 1/2 Cup of washing soda.
3) Heat until borax and washing soda are dissolved. Be sure to stir it every now and then to help it dissolve.
4) While you're waiting for the dry ingredients to dissolve in the water, add a tsp. to a Tbsp. of Dawn to the container you will be using for storage.
5) Add the dissolved liquid mixture back into the container with Dawn.
6) If need be, add more water to fill to the top.
7) Give it a good shake to incorporate the Dawn.

Pretty simple, right? My favorite thing about this is that the Dawn actually helps to strip the diapers! So, in theory, you shouldn't have to do it to all of them as often if you use this. Also, feel free to use this however you like, but we use ours as more of a "spot treater" on the doody part of the pre-folds. I don't know why it wouldn't be safe on other diapers, but if you're worried I would try a little spot first to make sure it doesn't damage your diapers somehow. Again, though, I don't know why it would. We actually use washing soda and borax together to wash her diapers with, so you should be safe with all diapers unless they state otherwise!

You can use whatever kind of container you like, but old ketchup bottles work great!


  1. That is such a good idea. Aaah, diapers :)

  2. Great Idea! Thanx for sharing! I am also looking for guest bloggers on my blog for the month of august and I would love for you to talk about cloth diapering! Email me anytime!

  3. I don't cloth diaper, but I have thought about it. It is good to know that it would be so easy to get them clean!