Welcome to the Simpler Living archives! Where did the inspiration come from for this subject? Check out my post, “The Decision to Downsize” where it all began! Then dive into the other sub-categories: “Our (Small) Trailer Home”, “Reducing Waste”, “Product Reviews (General)”, and “DIY”. ūüôā


  1. Ashley
    September 24, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

    I’m really glad I found this I have the exact same washer/drier and I’m due in December so hopefully I can learn from your frustration.


    • Prevailing Parent
      September 27, 2016 @ 10:41 am

      Congrats! and yes I hope so too! One thing I’ve been meaning to add to this post is that I recently started adding distilled white vinegar to the long wash cycle. I just fill the “Softener” cup to the “Max” line (it’s about 1/4 cup) at the same time I put the soap in. This has been helping to keep that stink smell away that seems to want to build up over time (thus eliminating my need to do extra washes from time to time). This summer I also started drying them outside on an umbrella clothesline…it’s been nice to be able to air them out a bit. Good luck!


  2. Ashleigh
    May 9, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

    Do you wring the diapers out after you spray them? How do you store them until wash day? Did you have to strip or bleach or did the new routine fix the ammonia? Sorry for so many questions! I’ve been struggling to find a routine that works in the same washer/dryer with no luck for the past month.


    • Prevailing Parent
      May 9, 2016 @ 4:45 pm

      I keep a short plastic trash pail right next to the toilet with a “Kanga Care Pail Liner” in it. I got mine from Amazon (link here), the draw string didn’t hold up through the wash routine, and the routine did weaken the bag’s ability to be waterproof (I think they even say don’t put in dryer but I do) BUT to my amazement the bag does not let odor out. I simply twist top of the bag and fold it over (like you’re closing a bag of bread off). *However occasionally while the bulk of my diapers are in the washer I use Kanga Care’s other bag, the “Wet Bag” (link here) and that one does NOT block odor like the Pail Liner one. So that all being said, I don’t wring the diapers out, I just spray and wait maybe 5 seconds for the bulk of the water to drip off–my diaper pail is literally next to the toilet so no water drips on the floor when I transfer them over. As for stripping them, I did do something like that. After a simple wash in the machine (so I wasn’t handling soiled diapers) I threw them all in the bath tub with hot water and a squirt of Blue Dawn dish soap. I did a combo of agitating them by hand, stomping on them like grapes (my 3yr old found this one amusing), and scrubbing the diaper shells with a scrub brush (I was also having repelling issues too since I’m not the best when it comes to “cloth friendly” diaper creams so I wanted to really clean the absorbent part of the shell). I drained the tub and then filled back up again with only hot water and agitated again to rinse out the soap. Then I followed the wash routine in this post and that gave me a fresh starting point. The only time I used bleach was back when I had the old washer and the kids got a yeast infection–I was told if you don’t bleach after that then they’ll keep getting the rash. I haven’t had to do the bathtub stripping again since starting this wash routine. Occasionally if I feel like the diapers come out of the wash a little smelly I might leave them in and do one more “SpeedWash” cycle on HOT water (no soap), and then dry. If I’ve already dried them, then next time I’ll make the detergent “heaping” spoonfuls for some extra soap (and throw in a hot speedwash cycle at the very end if I’m still on satisfied with the smell). Are you using bumGenius diapers also? I remember being in tears and swearing I was going to quit cloth diapers but this routine has been working for me ever since I made the post and I use it about 2X a week. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions and if it worked for you. Good luck!


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