Cloth diaper laundry. Daunting? Terrifying? Complex? Not entirely. One of my pet peeves when doing my laundry has always been how staticy my microfiber inserts were! So how did I get anti-static cloth diapers, without using fabric softener?
From the outside, cloth diaper laundry is one of the biggest hang-ups that a lot of people have with choosing cloth over disposables for their babies. When I first started researching, all I could tell about the laundry process was that there were rules, rules, rules! With time, I learned that cloth diaper laundry, literally, only takes minutes, and is actually very easy! However, some of the main rules that I immediately noticed were:
Let’s look at that last one for a minute. Fabric softener is yucky stuff when it comes to cloth diapers (and anything else that you intend to absorb anything at all–like towels, washcloths, etc.) Fabric Softener leaves water-repelling (the opposite of what you’d like in a diaper) residue on your clothes and fabrics. Also, many commercial fabric softeners contain lots of nasty chemicals that are too harsh for baby’s skin and are non-biodegradable. So, washing them down the drain really causes a bigger problem than it’s worth!
Some of your options for softening up your cloth diapers and getting them yummy-smelling include sun-drying (then tossing them in the dryer for a minute or two to soften them), using wool dryer balls to beat the crap out of them (think: softening up some fruit by banging it on the counter. Nice and squishy soft!), or using a “chemical-free” reusable dryer sheet!
We’ve been using our Purecosheets for almost 3 weeks now on all of our laundry, not just our diapers!
We stopped using fabric softener completely when we started cloth diapering our son, so we’ve had some relatively stiff laundry for the past year-and-a-half. It doesn’t bother me, really, so I never sought out to fix it. But, it’s been awesome these last 3 weeks to finally have softer laundry! I’m sure Purecosheets aren’t completely intended to do this, but I’ve noticed my laundry is slightly less wrinkly too! That’s really good news for me because I don’t believe in irons. As far as I’m concerned, all of the irons and all of my dirty dishes can go play in traffic. One thing that the Purecosheet really does fantastically, is cut out the static! Purecosheets give you anti-static cloth diapers, right out of the dryer! Microfiber inserts are disgustingly staticy. I mean, they’re gross. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I panic when I have to touch one of those. Not only are they creepy feeling on my perpetually dry skin, but they have so much static when they come out of the dryer! The Purecosheets make pulling those suckers out of the dryer so much more tolerable. My clothes have zero static, too! ZERO!
One of the most important reasons why you shouldn’t use fabric softener or traditional disposable dryer sheets is that they leave the flame retardant properties of your fabrics completely ineffective, and can actually increase the flammability. You buy flame retardant jam-jams for your little one for their protective purposes, and it’s important not to ruin them!
- A static charge builds up when two dissimilar materials are rubbed together, and a typical household dryer load is made up of a lot of different kinds of fabrics. the friction between these fabrics causes electrons to be transferred from one material to the other. with this transference, some surfaces get positively charged and others get negatively charged, and they attract one another. that attraction is static cling. the more rubbing, the more the electrons move, and the larger the static charge that builds up – sometimes as much as 12,000 volts worth.
- Disposable dryer sheets are impregnated with a waxy, chemical mixture. The heat from the dryer melts this deposit and leaves a residue all over your clothes and your dryer. this residue “lubricates” your clothing so that cling can’t build up.
- Instead of leaving a chemical residue all over your clothing and your machine, purecosheets act like antennas – conducting, equalizing and removing any potential static charge in your dryer load. we get rid of the static and keep your family’s fabrics clean, fresh and natural.
Interested in buying a set of Purecosheets for your household? (see them here) Purecosheet just came out with a new freshening linen spray that I’ve heard is phenomenal. I can’t wait to buy some and give it a whirl!