Sanitizing Cloth Diapers

Sometimes cloth diapers need a stronger cleaning than just your regular wash routine.  Some of these situations include when baby is sick with a bacterial, fungal or yeast infection or when you are using diapers that have been used by someone else.  Also, if you stripped your cloth diapers, you will need to bleach them.

Keep in mind that if you need help with sanitizing your diapers, contact us!  We’re here to help you get your diapers sanitized and squeaky clean!


If you’re not sure whether you need to sanitize your diapers, here are a couple helpful reference links.  When baby is sick, it’s not always necessary to sanitize her diapers.  The chart in this link: Baby’s Sick! Do I need to Bleach? by Fluff Love University has a list of when to sanitize and when it’s not needed.  Also, this link (My Diapers Stink! by Fluff Love University) has a helpful chart and more information on when to sanitize and/or strip.  Scroll down to “Do I Need to Strip or Bleach This?”

Sanitizing your diapers too frequently will break down the fabric and wear your diapers out unnecessarily fast.  So you should only sanitize diapers when you really need to.  Stinky diapers are NOT part of regular cloth diapering life!  If your diapers are stinky, you should look to your washing routine first.  Click here for more information on troubleshooting your washing routine.


Diapers are most commonly sanitized by bleaching them.  Below is an infographic by Fluff Love University that gives a quick overview on how to bleach cloth diapers:

For the full scoop on how How to Bleach Your Diapers (by Fluff Love University)  you can click here.


If you would rather sanitize your diapers without using bleach, there are other options including hydrogen peroxide and borax, Lysol Original Concentrate, and the sanitize cycle on your washing machine.  Click this link for How to Sanitize without Bleach (by Fluff Love University)


While sanitizing is not necessary every time your diapers are used, it is important to do when the situation calls for it.  After all, nothing is more important than making sure your baby and her bottom are safe and healthy!

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