~Caring for your Happy Heinys ™ ~
The following directions are recommended by Happy Heinys!
Store wet and soiled diapers in a dry pail. There is no need to rinse soiled diapers prior to washing. The solid waste of older babies can be removed by gently shaking the diaper over a toilet.
Remove inserts from pocket prior to washing. Then:
1. Cold Soak
2.Wash on hot with slightly less than 1/4 cup of detergent
3. You can add a downy ball of vinegar to the wash if desired. I recommend a downy ball because it releases the vinegar at the right time. You do not need to wait by the machine :)
4. Rinse well to ensure all detergent is removed from diapers.
5. Hang dry for best results and a longer lasting diaper. Repeated drying in a dryer will decrease the life of the waterproofing laminate.
Detergents to use:
Happy Heinys recommends Tide, Sunlight, Cheer, Era, and Clout (Costco brand) These are not made with any of the natural oily substances which leave residue on fleece. Natural soaps are often made with oils. These should NOT be used. They will leave a residue on fleece causing it to repel urine.
The following detergents will cause a soap build up. Do NOT use them.
Dr. Bronners Soap,7th Generation and Bio-Kleen.
Baby detergents such as Ivory Snow, Dreft and any ALL free detergents.
Never use fabric softener of any kind on diapers. Liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets both leave a waxy residue on diapers which causes fleece to repel urine and decreases the absorbency of other diapers.
Build up refers to residue left by detergents, fabric softeners, and other substances used to clean diapers. In rare instances, baking soda will react with certain minerals in water and also cause build up. If you notice a decrease in the functionality of your diapers, build up may be the culprit.
Stripping refers to the removal of residue on diapers. To strip diapers, simply hand wash your diaper with your regular dish soap (gets the oils out), add a bit of dish soap to the fleece, either rub the fleece vigoriously together or use a medium bristle dish brush or hard bristle tooth brush to scrub the fleece. Turn inside out and repeat on this side. Rinse very good, making sure that the water runs clear. You may use this method at any time you feel that the diaper may be repelling or as a preventative measure once a week. If you are still having problems, special cleaning agents may be used to strip diapers. These options include a very hot wash using 2 scoops Oxyclean. You may also try a hot wash with 1 ball of RLR (found at Wal-Mart in the laundry aisle hanging on a clip).
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