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Cloth diapers may seem like items requiring long hours of extra laundry more suited to parents with time on their hands. Quite the opposite is true!
Whenever I meet parents and the topic of cloth diapers comes up, it is usually followed by the ‘I-don’t-have-time-for-laundry ‘argument. Soon other remarks follow:
“I have enough chores!”
“I can’t handle the extra work.”
“Who has time to deal with those?”
I realize there exists a certain reputation cloth diapers have of being a heavy-duty task. I even read an article relating to them as, “a privileged-neo-hippie-with-extra-free-time trend.”Well, I have to admit that I am not categorized as such a parent.
We need to stop seeing diaper cleaning as a ‘time-consuming activity’ and instead understand it to be about simply rinsing soiled diapers and doing an extra load or two of laundry.
Cleaning soiled diapers might sound like a task from Hell – I actually wrote an article about the subject! In all honesty, this certainly is not the most enjoyable way to spend your spare time. At the end of the day, this is our baby’s poop we need to clean. Moreover, we generally have to deal with such a task only once a day as other diapers will probably just be soaked with urine.
Once a diaper is rinsed, it should be placed aside to air dry until it comes time to do laundry. There is no need to pre-wash urine-soaked diapers as modern laundry machines and detergents can cope with even the dirtiest cloth diaper.