Store wet and dirty diapers in a dry pail. Older babies? solid waste can be removed by gently shaking the diaper over a toilet. The fleece will release solids easily – there is no need to rinse them before washing.
Preparing to launder diapers
Happy Heiny are made with foldover laundry tabs, but did you know there’s another method to preparing your diapers for laundering? Using this method or the foldover tabs will help keep our diapers in great shape!
Washing instructions for pocket diapers and trainers:
- Remove inserts by shaking out of pocket
- Secure tabs using our twist method for one size diapers.
- Prewash in cold to remove any waste to to help prevent staining.
- Wash on hot* (100F) using the FULL recommended amount of detergent**
- Do a final extra rinse of the diapers to insure all detergent has been removed
- Tumble dry diapers and inserts
DO NOT: Use bleach. Bleach is very caustic and should only be used as a last resort on your diapers with a waterproof lining. You should never ever bleach your diapers once a month and if you are needing to do so then you are using the wrong type of detergent.
DO NOT: Strip your diapers unless you need to. If you are following washing instructions then this is not needed. It will only decrease the life of your diapers.
DO NOT: Go more than 3 days in between washing. Two days is much better, this will decrease any lingering odor.
DO NOT: Use any of the detergents on the DO NOT USE detergent page.
*Washing your diapers in temperatures over 120F will decrease the life of the elastics and hook and loop of your diapers. The use of the Sanitary Cycle or Very Hot water does void all warranties due to the breakdown this will cause.
**Using less then the recommended amount of detergent can lead to unclean diapers and ammonia stink.
Caring for Hemp Diapers
Your hemp product has been professionally washed and dried once. It will need up to 8 more washings and dries before it is fully absorbent. The first few times you wash hemp products you should NOT wash them with fleece products. Hemp has natural oils in it and the oils can coat your fleece. After your hemp has been fully primed you may wash it with all of your diapering products.
Caring for Heiny Huggers
Wash new diapers before use. You may notice that they produce a bit of lint in the beginning, this is normal for Sherpa.
- Cold rinse
- Warm-hot wash
- Same detergents as the HH
- No chlorine, no bleach, no fabric softners.
- May be dried on high heat.
Occasionally you may notice that your Sherpa diapers are not as soft after a few months of use as they were when new. All you need to do is rinse the diapers a few times in the washer without detergent. Add vinegar to the rinse cycle. This will help to restore the natural softness to the Sherpa.
How can I get my hook & loop tabs to fasten as firmly as they used to?
Easy! By washing your diaper and then drying it in the dryer, the heat will cause the hook & loop to recontract and fasten more firmly again.
If by chance this does not work you can always send the diaper into us and we can add snaps to the hook & loop for you for a stronger hold.
Build up refers to residue left by detergents, fabric softeners, and other substances used to clean diapers. In rare instances, baking soda will react with certain minerals in water and also cause build up. If you notice a decrease in the absorbency of your diapers, build up may be the culprit.
Stripping is the process of removing residue from your diapers.
Stripping the diapers can rapidly increase the wear of your diapers. We do NOT recommend that you perform a stripping unless you are certain that your issues are related to repelling. You will know that you are having repelling issues if the diaper leaks excessively and when checked the diaper insert is near dry or completely dry. If the insert is wet then the issue is not due to repelling and the baby will most likely need to be changed more frequently or an additional insert should be added.
To strip diapers:
- Hand wash your diaper with regular dish soap to remove any oils.
- Put a small amount of dish soap on the fleece layer.
- Rub vigorously or use a medium bristle scrubbing brush to scrub the fleece.
- Turn the diaper inside out and repeat.
- Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.
You may use this method at any time you notice repelling or as a preventative measure once a week. If you are still having problems, try these special cleaning agents to strip your diapers:
- 2 scoops of Oxyclean* in a very hot wash
- 1 ball of RLR
*We have had mixed reviews regarding the use of oxyclean. Due to this we do NOT recommend using this on a regular basis as it may have a negative affect on the water-proof layer of the diaper. We do however know that very occasional use has been shown not to have a negative effect and will help to remove any oily coating when used in small amounts.
**Use of Oxyclean on a regular basis and stripping on a regular basis can void the warranty.
Fleece & So Simple
We all know how much wetness babies produce. Fleece is 100% polyester and allows air to circulate through the cover. This reduces diaper rash caused by prolonged exposure to wetness. In addition, it is soft to the touch, dries in a flash, and can withstand laundry abuse.
Caring for your fleece covers just can’t be any easier:
- Machine wash in hot, cold, or warm water.
- Tumble dry.
Fleece is the *wonder fabric* of the reusable diapering world. Dryer sheets can help to make it even more water resistant. I do only suggest this as a last resort though if you have some leaking. I normally wash my covers with any old load of laundry as long as it isn’t really soiled and needing special attention. In a world full of *diaper washing no no’s*… here is some relief. There is almost no wrong way to wash fleece.
Tip: If you suddenly find that your fleece is leaking, simply switch laundry soaps (use Dr.Bronner’s for a change or even mild dish soap). This should solve the problem. If it doesn’t, Nikwax products will come to the rescue.
Stretch Wool Diaper Covers
Hand wash your wool cover in cold water with like colors. Hang to dry. You may have a bit of shrinkage after the first washing. You may re-lanolize as needed. We recommend using Eucalan wool wash to care for your covers. It has natural lanolin right in the bottle. You never have to worry about when to lanolize. It is done for you each time you wash.
**Note** Dark colored wool will bleed. See the note below to fix the dyes.
*Tip* For bleeding wool:
- Mix 3 cups white vinegar with 3 Tbsp salt
- Wet wool in lukewarm water
- Add to vinegar/salt mixture.
- Microwave for two, 3minute sessions.
- Allow to COMPLETELY cool
- Rinse in lukewarm water
(if you rinse before allowing to completely cool, you may unintentionally felt your garment)