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How to wash FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers

Posted by Bryana on 1/1/2011 to Cloth Diaper How-To

How Do I Wash and Care for FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers?

FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers, not unlike a disposable diaper, must be changed each time your baby soils it. The difference is that FuzziBunz are reusable, whereas disposable diapers are thrown into the trash, eventually winding up in a landfill. FuzziBunz and their microfiber inserts should be stored in a dry diaper pail between wash and dry cycles; they are as easy to wash and care for as they are to use.

The custom milled 100% polyester microfleece inner fabric of a FuzziBunz pocket diaper effectively wicks away moisture from baby's skin, keeping babies dry and rash free. Because of this, diaper ointments and creams are unnecessary and are not recommended as they can create a build-up that will keep moisture from wicking through to the absorbent microfiber insert. In other words, the diapers will repel, instead of absorb moisture.

Washing FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers

>Once your baby's FuzziBunz Pocket Diaper has been soiled, knock any solids into the toilet (small or smeared "solids" will dissolve in the washing machine and wash away clean) and pull the insert out from the pocket. Both items should be stored in a dry diaper pail, properly sealed shut or out of baby's reach.

Yes, it is that simple.

If you'd prefer to not have any solids in your diaper wash, you can affix a Mini-Shower Spray Wand next to/on your toilet to rinse of soiled diapers completely.

The manufacturer suggests the following washing routine:

  • Wash once in cold water without detergent.
  • Wash once in a hot cycle with detergent (not pure soaps). Do not use bleach or detergent with fabric softeners.
  • If your hot wash isn't followed by a cold rinse, run an additional cold rinse cycle for large or particularly soiled loads; this will also help remove any lingering detergent residue.
  • Tumble dry on low setting or hang to dry. Again, do not use fabric softener sheets in the dryer. DO NOT dry on high heat.

I just got my FuzziBunz - What Do I Do?

Think of these as your child's underwear. When you get underwear you wash them first, right? You'd do the same for these. BUT FIRST, try them on your baby to ensure a good fit. You needn't follow all the wash-n-care directions above, simply toss them in a hot or warm wash with less than 1/4 cup of detergent and be sure to follow up with a good cold rinse.

What Kind of Detergent Can I Use on FuzziBunz?

Using a detergent with FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers that is free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and brighteners will protect your baby's pocket diapers from premature leaks and decreased absorption, as well as protect baby's skin should any build-up form.We recommend using a Cloth Diaper Detergent.

Some of our clients have told us that many of the diapering forums will suggest adding baking soda, vinegar and tea tree oil to your diaper wash. Although these can be good with certain styles of cloth diapers, such as prefold diapers, avoid them with your FuzziBunz; again the concern is to alleviate any kind of build-up on the inner polyester fleece, rendering it effective.

Okay, I think I have Build-Up. Now What?

If your FuzziBunz pocket diapers are repelling water (leaking), even though the insert is hardly even wet, or emit a foul odor after baby wets in them, you probably have detergent build-up. Any time there is a residue from soaps, detergents, diaper rash ointments and/or hard water, the fleece is unable to wick moisture through to the absorbent insert in the pocket.

To resolve issues of repellancy from build-up, follow the manufacturer's washing recommendations below:

  • Run a cold rinse or soak cycle with NO detergent.
  • Run a hot cycle with 1/4 - 1/2 your regular amount of detergent. DO NOT USE BLEACH.
  • Run another cold rinse cycle.
  • Tumble dry on low or hang to dry. DO NOT use fabric softener or any purse soaps and NEVER dry on high heat.

If you are still having problems, use a capful of a water softener, such as Calgon. Continue washing on hot and rinsing on cold until all the suds run clear. Hang dry.

Rinsing and storing your soiled cloth diapers properly extend their longevity and help prevent against stains setting in, as well as help reduce odor until you are able to get to your diaper laundry.

Easy to wash and care for and easy-to-use, Fuzzi Bunz Pocket Diapers, if not already, will likely become yours and your baby's favorite cloth diaper.