As I plan my entrance into the world of cloth diapers, I figure that I had better learn how to get rid of the poo. Even if the diapers work well, a difficult wash routine could be a deal breaker.
When I initially decided to try cloth diapers, I mentioned this diaper sprayer, which attaches to your toilet to help make clean-up easier. I have since discovered the Potty Pail sprayer, which also has the option of a bucket to (theoretically) make the clean-up job easier, but I’m not sure I want a poopy bucket sitting in my bathroom. The $45 cost of the sprayer sans bucket is about the same as the bumGenius, so I’d like to find a comparison of the two sprayers’ performance, but haven’t had much luck. Is there anyone out there who has tried both?
Right now I’m leaning toward the Potty Pail version since they really emphasize the strength of their materials and reliability of their product. While reviews of the bumGenius sprayer are overwhelmingly positive, I did read at least one story of major water damage caused by a leak in the connection. Ack! If you are the handy type and want to save a few pennies, I also found these instructions for a DIY diaper sprayer.
After reading a variety of instructions on washing cloth diapers (here’s the best one I found), I think this routine makes the most sense:
1. Spray diaper using one of the above-mentioned sprayers.
2. Cold wash without any detergent to prevent stains.
3. Hot or warm wash (depending on type of diaper) with detergent.
4. Extra rinse cycle to get out any detergent residue.
I’d love to be able to eliminate steps 2 and 4, and wonder if this might be possible with the combination of a diaper sprayer and the right detergent. This detergent chart is helpful, if a bit overwhelming. Initially I thought I’d try Charlie’s Soap, based on the low cost and rave reviews from many parents, until I read reports of chemical burns (is anything out there safe?!).
I think I’m going to start with Rockin Green, which appears to have incredible stink-busting powers while being safe for diapers and baby’s skin. The detergent chart I mentioned above says that it costs about $0.25-.30 a load, but the package says $0.13/load. I’m hoping for something in the middle.