No one wants traces of infant poop on their diapers! In fact, most moms pride themselves on keeping their cloth diapers bleach white. But how? How do you get rid of cloth diaper stains leaving no traces of that runny yellow poop?
I am so glad you asked because I was perplexed by this very question when I started cloth diapering. I tried bleaching but realized two things: One, bleach is not good long term for a diaper and two, the bleach didn’t get all of the poop stain out; there were still cloth diaper stains
This is when I tried some good old fashioned sunshine. And it worked!
After doing my normal washing routine, I simply laid my stained diapers in the direct sunshine. On a hot, sunny day the stain is gone in less than an hour. You will notice in the picture above there are shadows on our sun cover. This is where I place the stained diapers so they receive direct sunlight on the stains.
Is there a catch? Well, yes. If you dry the diaper with the stain on it, the stain will remain a noticeable memory on your diaper. This goes for clothing, too. Never dry clothes (or diapers) if they have stains on them because the heat “seals” the stain into the fabric.
For proof, look at the pictures below. The first two pictures are after my washing routine before the sun has worked its magic. The second two pictures show the power of sunshine on my diapers.
So, there you have it! A natural and eco-friendly (not to mention, safe) way to get those poop stains out of your cloth diapers. And the best part is…this works for clothes, too! So before you try stain remover, give the ordinary, everyday sunshine a try!