Finding the right diaper pail
The first step is to get a pail or hanging diaper tote to store your dirty diapers until wash day which should be every 1-2 days. We recommend FuzziBunz In and Out Mess Free Diaper Bag it is super convenient come wash day and a takes up less space than a diaper pail. Or if you prefer a diaper pail we recommend Thirsties Diaper Pail Liner.Whichever method you choose is personal preference. If you are worried about odors you can shake a little Rockin' Green RG Pail Freshner in the bag or pail with every stinker. It comes in lots of yummy scents like Grape Soda and Cherry Lemonade. After you have a system set up that you like you are set to start cloth diapering.
Choosing the right type of diaper
Next you need to select the type of cloth diaper you wish to use, I hope this chart is helpful in your selection.
While everyone has a different washing routine and every washer is a bit different here are some steps to get you started. I recommend washing no more than 12-18 diapers at a time to ensure you diapers come clean and to prevent piling. You will also need to use less detergent when washing your diapers. The amount will depend on your machine and if it is a top or a front loader as front loaders need much less detergent. On average it is 1/4 as much as you would use for a normal load. I recommend and use Rockin' Green and the amount is 1-2 tbs.
Always run cold rinse and then a hot wash. ALWAYS use the highest water level setting for your machine If you don't you will get a nasty amonia smell to your diapers. To trick my HE washer I run cold soak, (sometimes cold rinse if they are really soiled) then hot wash heavy duty or your highest water level setting. The cold soak tricks my washer into thinking the load is heavier and uses more water on the wash cycle. You can also toss a wet towel in with your diapers to trick the HE machines.
Your can either line dry your diapers in the sun or dry them in the dryer. Line drying in the sun helps remove stains and brightens your diapers. Drying the in the dryer of course is faster and more convenient. Make sure you follow the specific temperature settings as specified by the manufacturer as each diaper brand can vary.