Washing Cloth Diapers is the Easy Part…

Washing Cloth Diapers is the Easy Part…

How can you possibly find time to wash cloth diapers?  Isn’t it hard?  These are questions I am often asked by the people I meet in real life when they learn that I use cloth diapers.  Washing cloth diapers only adds a tiny bit of extra work into my life.  What people without kids don’t realize is that washing diapers is the easiest part of my day.  Just raising the kids is the hardest.  Retreating to my laundry room for two minutes to add detergent or toss my diapers in the dryer is a quiet oasis away from the children.  I know that when I emerge I’ll come out to one kid screaming because he is locked inside of his toy box or another kid jumping from the coffee table onto the couch exclaiming “I’m Spider Man!.”

Washing cloth diapers is easy.  Keeping my kids alive, fed, my house clean, my sanity in tact; these are all things that are difficult.  Since cloth diapers save money and waste less I’ll choose taking my washer and dryer’s time for a few hours.  Because let’s face it- your washer and dryer do the dirty work!  The time I actually spend on laundry is about 10-20 minutes.  I’ll take it.


To show you what washing diapers really looks like I filmed everything that happened in my day while I did my laundry.  You’ll see that my time “working” on laundry is overshadowed by the time I’m doing other things in my home.  It’s a brutally honest look at my daily life.  I am in pajamas during the entire film and my house isn’t ready for company.  I get a little pass though since I just moved in a couple of weeks ago!

I want to send a special thank you to my cloth diaper laundry detergent of choice, Rockin’ Green Soap!  I’ve been using their products since they came out and buying them when I run out (I don’t get free soap, ya’ll).  They also happen to be my BlogHer 2012 sponsor and are generously covering the cost of travel and lodging for my trip next week!  Their detergent makes my job a little bit easier by not having to worry about repelling diapers and other issues that happen with grocery store brands.  Thanks RnG!  

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  • Awesome video! Haven’t tried Rockin Green yet for my cloth diapers but maybe I’ll give them a shot now.

  • Bekka

    Loved this! I actually LIKE washing and hanging my diapers out. I don’t even know what you would call what I am lol I work 36 hours/week. 3 7p-7a shifts as a trauma nurse then watch my two (3yrs & 5mos) kiddos during the day. And let me tell you, our days look VERY similar! Great job 🙂

  • Cloth Reverie

    Great post, as always!  I also *enjoy* diaper laundry… but hate all other kinds of laundry!

  • Collegesahm

    You have the same exact washer that I have! Can you tell me what your exact washing system is and all the settings that you use? I have been struggling with mine (amonia stink) and I have been trying to figure out what settings and stuff to wash mine. Going to strip mine tomorrow and then sun them (if we get a sunny day) and try again…

    • kimrosas

      This is new to us since we just moved here and I’ve only washed diapers about 5 times. I don’t have a rinse only option now so I just scroll to rinse and do a cold rinse before washing. Then a Super Extra Heavy Hot Wash with detergent. Then another round of the same but no detergent. We’ll see how it goes 🙂

  • You just seriously made my day! Putting the diapers in the wash is one of my favorite times of the day. I get to breathe for a moment (usually resurfacing from the basement where my washer is to mass chaos from the 3 minutes mom was out of sight though)

  • LOL This video is wonderful! It absolutely defines my day 🙂

    • kimrosas

      That is nice to hear, thank you!

  • April

    This was excellent! Thanks!

  • Candi

    Good info! Thanks. What happens with repelling when you use grocery store brand laundry soap? is there any brand of soap that is ok to use? I use Ecos Laundry soap right now.

  • Christine Hunter

    I loved this video! Do you wash your inserts together with your diapers and they all go into the dryer together?

    • kimrosas

      Yes all together!

      • Christine Hunter

        Great thanks! One more question. Once you prep all of your diapers, can you wash them all together even if they are natural fibers and synthetic?