Diaper Laundering Glossary
Baking Soda - Baking soda is a readily available and inexpensive household product. It is also called Sodium Bicarbonate, or Bicarbonate of Soda. It is a cheap, yet very effective tool in your home for combating odors, cleaning, and sanitizing.
There are many reasons to use baking soda in your home, but the number one reason is because this is a natural substance that will not harm you, your family, or the environment because is it not a chemical compound that effects nature. Baking soda is actually a compound that is found throughout nature in the ocean, in the soil, in our foods, and in our bodies.
Bleach - Bleach is produced by reacting chlorine into a dilute sodium hydroxide solution. It is used for whitening paper, soap, straw, and cotton. It is also used for disinfection, water purification, and in sanitary cleaners. It is very harsh and should not be used on cloth diapers.
Calgon Water Softener - This is only helpful to those with really hard water. Add a capful of this to the hot part of the wash will help keep your diapers soft and absorbent while also helping to prevent repelling fleece.
Detergent - A water-soluble cleansing agent other than soap. All detergents work in basically the same way: they contain molecules that enable them to be soluble in water and attract oil and dirt to them. For cloth diapers, choose a detergent without phosphates, fabric softeners, or a very strong fragrance.
Distilled White Vinegar - White Vinegar is great for cleaning, especially laundry. You can eliminate soap residue by adding about 1 cup of white vinegar to the washer's final rinse. Vinegar is so mild that it won't harm fabrics, but is still strong enough to dissolve the alkalis in soaps and detergents. Vinegar is also good for breaking down uric acid in infants clothing. So adding 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse water will help get your baby clothes smelling fresh again. Even better...it's cheap!
Dryer Balls - Dryer Balls are a safe, natural, and easy way to soften fabrics while saving money on fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and energy. Your clothes dry faster too! Dryer Max Dryer Balls can be used over and over again and they last for years!
Eucalan Lavendar Wool Wash - Eucalan is a safe, gentle cleaner that contains lanolin, which is great for wool! Every time you wash with it, you will be restoring the wools natural lanolin.
Grapefruit Seed Extract - Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is a powerful disinfectant. Add few drops to your wash to help disinfect your cloth diapers and keep them bacteria free!
Oxygen Bleach - Using a hydrogen peroxide process to whiten and disinfect, oxygen bleach is very effective and works as a great substitute for chlorine bleach.
Re-Usable Dryer Sheets - The Static Eliminator Re-Usable Dryer Sheets contain no chemicals and are hypoallergenic. In addition, they don't affect the flame resistance of clothing. Want to know the best part? They are safe for cloth diapers!
Tea Tree Oil - See our Essential Oils & Cloth Diapers section for explanations on the benefits of using tea tree oil in conjunction with cloth diapers.