My mother likes to remind me that there were no choices in cloth diapering when I was a baby. She didn't like the flat diapers and the pins, so she doesn't understand why I enjoy using cloth diapers so much. These days, though, parents who want to use cloth can choose from seemingly endless possibilities, from all-in-ones and all-in-twos to pockets, prefolds, fitteds, and covers. Once you've chosen a diaper style, you can also customize that choice by selecting different fabrics for the diaper components or adding diaper liners. Cotton, fleece, microfiber, hemp, wool and bamboo are all popular choices.
When I first started buying cloth diapers, I really liked the ease of use of all-in-ones and pocket diapers. I thought I would prefer Velcro or Aplix closures, too, but when I got my first snap diapers, I decided quickly that those were my favorites. How did you choose a cloth diapering method?
There are many different techniques when it comes to washing cloth diapers, too, and some families choose to install a diaper sprayer to help them pre-clean diapers before they go in the pail. Occasionally, you may even need to strip your cloth diapers to remove detergent residues. How do you wash your cloth diapers? Do you have a favorite detergent or specific cycle sequence that works well for you? If you're still searching for a detergent you like, why not try making your own cloth diaper detergent at home? Homemade laundry soap is my current preference, and it's budget-friendly, too!