Wash and Care
Washing Cloth Diapers
There are many ways to wash diapers; washers vary, detergents vary, and water conditions vary, all around the world! It may take some trial and error to figure out what works best for YOU!
All Chelory items come prepped and ready to use. Anything containing Bamboo can take several washes to reach maximum absorbency, but can still be used right away.
Regular Diaper Wash & Care:
Shake solid waste into toilet and use a diaper sprayer or faucet if necessary. Collect soiled diapers in a dry container. No soaking needed.
On wash day, run diapers and inserts through a COLD RINSE cycle. Followed by a HOT WASH cycle (130F/54C) with detergent. Finally, run an extra rinse cycle without any detergent to be sure the fabrics are rinsed squeeky clean!
*Let your washing machine do the work! Remember, breastmilk washes out like yogurt, so there is no need to remove anything until solid food is introduced.
It is recommended to dry on Low or Medium/Warm. Using dryer balls or tennis balls will decrease dry time as will tossing in a dry bath towel. To help All-In-Ones dry even faster, you can loop one of the soaker layers around the diaper. Keeping all those super absorbent layers away from each other increases air flow; drying the diaper faster! To keep Fleece looking its best, skip the dryer all together!
Line drying diapers in the sun works great to rid of stains and naturally disinfects.
Wool Diaper Wash & Care:
Chelory WI2's come washed, lanolized and ready-to-wear! When your WI2 is no longer waterproof or it smells of urine after it is dry, it’s time to wash and lanolize. For a heavy wetter, wool may need to be washed and lanolized weekly. For night use only or the average wetter, you can go weeks! Lanolizing doesn’t have to be done with each washing either. If your WI2 is getting washed often due to poo or food on it, the lanolin is still adequate. Soon you’ll figure out a system that works well for you!
Lanolin is the natural waterproofing on sheep's wool. It is what makes wool waterproof. As wool absorbs moisture it produces warmth so it’s just a wet diaper, not a COLD wet diaper. Wool can absorb up to 35% its weight in moisture before even feeling damp, which means if the absorbent material underneath is saturated, the overflow will get absorbed by the wool instead of leaking out. How often the wool needs to be lanolized is dependent on how wet it continues to get after each use. If it is barely damp you can go longer. If it’s saturated it will use up more lanolin and need to be relanolized sooner. Lanolin neutralizes the ammonia in urine so once the wool is dry its smells fresh and clean!
On washday, toss all the wool in the washing machine with a Tablespoon of Wool Wash such as Eucalan. While you can use a commercial detergent (Woolite) it strips the fibers of any residual lanolin so the wool will most likely need to be lanolized after each wash or it can start to feel stiff and dry. Do a Gentle Warm/Warm OR Gentle Cold/Cold wash.
To Lanolize: immediately after washing, melt a pea size amount (per article) of solid, pure lanolin such as Lansinoh, in a small lidded bowl with HOT HOT HOT water. Add a drop of baby shampoo or Wool Wash. Snap the lid on tight and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE to break up the Lanolin. Fill the sink with warm water. Add bowl of Lanolin soap. Place wool in sink, submerge and swoosh. Let soak at least 15 minutes. After soaking, transfer to the washing machine and select Spin. Thanks to the spin cycle, they dry quickly! Either hang or lay flat to dry. Circulating air will help them dry even faster.
Caring for your Chelory Wool is as easy as that!
Above all else, keep your routine SIMPLE. Simplicity is best when it comes to cloth diapering. Don’t make it any harder than it needs to be.
Again, thank you for your purchase. If there is anything else I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask!