Poop should be flushed, whether you use disposables or cloth diapers.
One of the most common questions we receive from new parents is whether it is difficult to wash cloth diapers. As someone who has used both disposables and reusable diapers, I cannot deny that it seems more convenient to simply dump disposable diapers to the trash can. However, this common practice is actually not sanitary. Authorities such as the World Health Organization and even manufacturers of disposables maintain that human waste should actually be flushed into toilets before the diaper is disposed. Otherwise, viruses (including polio and hepatitis) that are passed on through human stool will just go to our water supply! With a diaper sprayer or bidet, simply spray solids from the diaper to the toilet, and that’s that (just make sure you don’t spray too strongly so as not to spray stuff your way!). As for dirty diaper laundry, cloth diapers can be washed either by hand or by machine, and good cloth diapers should be able to withstand reasonable wear and tear.
Storing and Washing Dirty Diapers
For me, an ideal laundry schedule is every other day. Don’t let dirty diapers sit for more than 2 days to avoid any stain, mildew or bacteria build up. Til your laundry day, you could choose to put soiled nappies in either a wet pail or dry pail. Wet pail means you soak the diapers
in water. Dry pail means you put the diapers in a pail with no water. If your schedule permits, it is recommended that you rinse diapers to remove solids and urine before you put them in the dry pail to avoid any stains from settling into the fabric.
In our home, we use the dry pail system. Either system works, but I am iffy about having a pail with water sitting there for more than a day – it can attract mosquitoes (dengue or zika magnet) and it can be a drowning risk for very young children (and pets, if you have one).
For regular washes (as opposed to strip washes, deserves a separate post), we use Cycles detergent. Cycles is a local brand that uses baby-friendly ingredients. We’ve been using Cycles for our baby’s clothes even before we started using modern cloth diapers, and they always turn out smelling fresh and clean. The mild formula also do not cause any allergies on our toddler’s skin, even way back when he was a tiny newborn baby.
Choosing a CD-friendly Detergent.
When choosing any detergent for cloth diapers, make sure it doesn’t contain optical brighteners and fabric softeners. Avoid using soaps as well, especially those that have moisturizers, because these would cause repelling, and liquid will appear as water spots on top of the fabric, instead of being absorbed. Cycles has not caused us any repelling in our 3 years of 24/7 cloth diapering.
We use 1 cup of either the liquid or powder detergent for every 10 cloth diapers. Our son is almost potty trained and his bladder can hold more pee in a longer period, so we don’t have to wash a lot of diapers these days. For newborn babies, they usually use an average of 10 pieces in a day.
Finally, we have great news! As a gift to Fluffy Pwets customers, Cycles and FP are bringing back last year’s promo: All purchases P3,000 and up from our shop or our Facebook page, qualify for a FREE Cycles sampler pack that contains mini sizes of different baby-friendly Cycles and Cradles products! (Note: While supplies last, and packs will be available starting April 1.)