Erika Answers your Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to our products. You've decided you want to use cloth diapers, but wonder about laundering, quantity, and care. We're here for you.
How many cloth diapers should I have?
24 cloth diapers, 12 absorbent liners and 4 covers of each size, (which can be purchased as your child grows) are recommended. This quantity allows you to launder every 2-3 days.
How should I wash the cloth diapers?
This is so easy! If the cloth diaper is just wet, rinse under tap water. Gently wring it out. Toss into a diaper pail*.
If the cloth diaper is soiled, rinse it in the toilet. Gently wring it out. Whatever is remaining rinse under tap water. Gently wring it out. Toss into your diaper pail*.
When your pail is full, dump off the water into the toilet pushing back with your hand on the cloth diapers to squeeze more of the water out (making it lighter to carry). Toss cloth diapers into your washing machine and set on a rinse and spin cycle, or do a short pre-wash cycle using warm water.
When completed add your favorite laundry detergent like Tide or Arm and Hammer. Set washer to large load and fill with hot water. Set your washer to a regular cycle (Ivory Snow or Dreft can be used for newborn babies or in the case of sensitive skin). A second final rinse with a cup of vinegar is recommended.
*Diaper Pail: Some people fill a pail with water, and dissolve a bit of detergent to reduce staining before adding cloth diapers.
Note: None of the environmental detergents I have seen or used have the cleaning power required to properly clean used cloth diapers, often leaving them still smelly even after they have been washed.
For more detailed information click on to our washing instructions.
How long does the cloth diaper last?
You can expect to put one child through a set of Mother-ease® One Size™ cloth diapers. This product longevity will be affected by the following variables: How many cloth diapers you have, (which will determine how often they will be washed). Laundry additives used to whiten and brighten are hard on clothes. Use sparingly or not at all. Your choice of drying method (line dry or dryer) is important. Remember a dryer is very hard on clothes. It knocks the cotton fibers out of the cloth diapers, and is what you find in the lint filter. Plus, the smell of line dried fresh cloth diapers is indescribably happy.
How do I Fold the One Size™ cloth diaper for my newborn?
You simply fold the front down and it shows a row of snaps. Just snap it into the size that fits your baby. For more detailed instruction please refer to our How to adjust the Mother-ease® One Size™ cloth diaper.
My baby has a rash. What should I do?
Keep your baby as dry as possible, changing his cloth diaper as soon as it's wet. Cloth diapers should always be washed in plenty of hot water using a commercially available detergent.
Give your cloth diapers an extra final rinse and add a cup of vinegar. Please refer to our Diaper Rash Page in our Health Section
How do I remove stains?
Prompt removal of a BM will help to keep a stain from setting. Some detergent diluted in a diaper pail will also help while the diaper soaks. And remember sunshine is a natural way to bleach them. Be careful if you choose to use a laundry additive for stain removal because they are very harsh on cloth diapers.
How many pees can our training pant hold?
Our training pants are designed to be thin yet more absorbent than regular underwear with a waterproof outer layer to keep clothes from getting wet. The roomy cut allows children to learn to pull them up and down by themselves. During toilet training children often only remember they need to use the toilet once they have already started to release their bladder. The training pant will effectively hold the dribbles. They are not designed to hold multiple bladder releases.
Why does Mother-ease® Cloth Diapers not make or sell wool covers?
A wool cover is only somewhat water resistant, and requires frequent cloth diaper changes in order to keep the clothing from becoming wet. It is also quite bulky and requires special hand washing instructions. Wool covers are expensive. With today's high tech materials the same or better breathability can be achieved without all the drawbacks of wool.
What is the difference between white and unbleached material?
During the finishing process the white material goes through a bleaching process before it is colored white. The unbleached material undergoes a "wet out" procedure, which removes any impurities eg. seeds, twigs. It maintains it's natural beige color.
What is the difference between organic and "green" cotton?
Organic cotton is cotton that is grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides. It is usually hand harvested. Crop reliability is unpredictable. Organic cotton is quite costly.
Green cotton is a name someone created recently (to confuse the public) for cotton that is grown using conventional methods. During the fabric finishing procedure, it omits the bleaching and coloring stage. It is no more expensive than regular cotton.
Why do Mother-ease® diapers contain polyester?
Cotton is a very absorbent fiber but not very durable. Because the intent of our cloth diapers is to take a child from birth to toilet training, durability is essential. Not all parents (or babies) are gentle on our cloth diapers you know!
Our fabrics are custom knitted for us. We choose to include a very small amount of polyester in the fabric's base to provide shrinkage control and ensure product longevity wash after wash. The fabric is knitted in a special way to ensure only 100% cotton touches your baby's delicate skin.
Why do so many parents start with cloth diapers but revert to disposable diapers?
Many parents start out with good intentions. They understand the environmental and health issues associated with disposable diaper use and they are willing to give cloth diapers a try, only to become very discouraged. Not knowing much about cloth diapers, they were sold a cloth diapering system only to find out that their cloth diapers did not withstand daily wear and tear very well, and the breathable cloth diaper covers were not at all waterproof. Moisture wicked onto the baby's clothes creating ever more laundry.
As a result, many parents who began cloth diapering with good intentions spent a lot of money, and then stopped using them because they leaked. Not only are they now using disposables, they also own a pile of cloth diapers (which had to be manufactured; the cotton grown, sprayed and harvested). Environmentally their good intentions have become a disaster, and we have lost the people who were willing to give cloth diapering an honest try. I believe the cloth diaper industry should take more responsibility for the products they manufacture and promote.
We at Mother-ease® Cloth Diapers are dedicated to providing a real, natural choice to all those who with us seek to keep our planet healthy and our body's whole. It is good to work together with people like you, each doing our part to ensure a happy future for our babies who will inherit this planet.
We have had an active cloth diapering forum since February 29, 2000! Check out our Retro Archived Forum!
If using cloth diapers makes such a difference in protecting our children's environment… Shouldn't we?