Kissaluvs Wash & Care Instructions
Before First Use
- For items with cotton inside-out: Wash/dry diapers on hot/high 3-4 times to reach initial absorbency.
- For items with PUL outside: Wash/dry diapers on warm 2-3 times before first use. Wash/Dry PUL Covers once before use.
- Wash only about a dozen or so items at a time for the initial pre-washes.
- Wash and dry bright or dark fabrics separately several times before mixing with lighter colored diapers.
- Depending on your water source and temperature, you may
need fewer or additional washings, so always test colorfastness before
mixing wet diapers of varying colors (e.g., toss in a white rag during a
hot wash and dry cycle or two).
- The fleece fabric in Kissa's Fitted diapers will lint a bit in early washes.
Regular Washing Routine
There are many opinions about diaper washing, and many people
have developed additional steps and routines based on their individual
needs. Our advice is to start simple and adjust only if necessary for
your baby or water-type.
- Toss wet or dirty diapers into a dry pail; wash every 2-3 days.
- An optional cold-water pre-rinse helps prevent stains and odor.
- For items with cotton inside-out: Wash/dry diapers on warm or hot and dry on high (see recommended detergent list below).
- For items with PUL outside: Wash/dry diapers on warm only. Do not use high heat or the sanitization cycle on items with PUL.
- For hard water, consider using a water softener like RLR or Clagon to avoid buildup.
- Veggie-based soap helps keep fabric soft, although its
effectiveness depends on the hardness of your water. In any water, soap
can coat fabric, so if must use it, consider alternating soap and
detergent to avoid decreased absorbency over time.
- No chlorine bleach. Nasty stuff, bleach.
- No fabric softeners, which coat fabric and reduce absorbency.
- No Vinegar, baking soda or other fancy stuff is needed in your wash on a daily basis. Trust us.
Some babies require fragrance-free or enzyme-free detergents; most don't.
Drying cotton diapers in a dryer, even on high heat, is
perfectly okay although an occasional sunning of clean, wet diapers will
go a long way to freshen them and reduce or eliminate staining.
With any diaper items, it's important is not to overload the
dryer as its lint trap may get stuck. Overheating in the dryer can melt
the urethane coating on the PUL of your covers and AIO's.
If you choose to sun the diapers or line dry rather than use
a dryer, we strongly suggest either laying the diapers flat to dry, or
hanging them horizontally rather than by the waist or front section.
Hanging wet diapers by the waist allows the heavy, wet weight to pull on
leg elastic, which may reduce its useful life.
Recommended Laundry Detergents
A list of our recommended detergents* which we found to be enzyme/dye/softener/bleach free are:
For City Water:
- Allen's Naturally Powder/Liquid
- Country Save Powder
- Mountain Green Free and Clear
- Nature Clean
- Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda
- Planet Ultra Powder/Liquid
- Planet 2X Ultra
- Rockin' Green original
- Seventh Generation Delicate Care
- Vaska Scent Free
For Well Water:
- Hard Rock from Rockin' Green
*Manufacturers may change their formulation without warning
or notification. Kissaluvs makes no guarantees to the effectiveness or
results from the use of these detergents.
How many diapers to wash at a time depends on your washer,
your washing routine, your philosophy, and your diapers. As a general
rule of thumb, wash no more than 18 fitted diapers or 24 prefolds at a
time. You may be able to do more or less, so do a little experimenting
to find what works best for you and your washer.
Like towels and tee-shirts, diapers become more absorbent
over time. This is especially true for cotton fleece and unbleached
fabrics, which requires some initial "roughing up" in the washing
Most detergents suggest using an obscene amount of
detergent. Use enough to clean, but not so much that it leaves residue.
If you see suds during a second rinse or a wash with no detergent,
you're using too much detergent. Detergent residue attracts and retains
soil and odor. It's best to always measure the detergent instead of eye