No one can tell you how to wash your diapers

Water composition is the single MOST important factor in cloth diaper washing. No online group can give you a routine and most groups are focused on synthetic (plastic) diaper washing which is different than natural fiber diaper washing. Water flows through cotton fibers.

Find ideas online - yes -

ideas for you to consider and observe what happens in your water.

No one, not even GMD, can tell you how to wash your diapers. Only you can figure it out, and you can do it.  

Basic principles and ideas are great to learn but please do not blindly follow group ideas. Please do read the GMD How-To Booklet.  Use the Contact Us link and ask for the .pdf copy or if you prefer paper, add the 16 page GMD How-To Booklet to your cart if you are shopping.  It outlines washing principles that are very helpful to know but does not give you your exact routine. It can't. Only you can do that.  And you can. Just wash and and see things got clean or not.  You can do this.

At my house, we have a well that needs a water treatment system. We recently re-bedded one of the tanks in our water system and it's a whole new world for washing!  Our water quality is different.  It's much better!  I have the same washer, same fragrance-free laundry detergent and same laundry, but everything is suddenly coming clean more easily doing the same things with the same cycles.  I had to reduce my detergent amount because our water is better now.  

Assuming that your washer is actually functioning (make sure it is working properly), it's the water itself that matters the most. You have to adjust what you do to your particular washing machine and water conditions. 

Washing trouble? While your are learning, stop the machine and look in if you have to, even if it means cancelling the cycle. That will help you know what is actually happening inside your machine.  Please don't overly rely on internet posts.   

Clean your machine. Often. You can't expect to get any of the laundry clean if the machine itself is not clean and in working order. Find your machine's manual online and read it.  If you machine has a filter, clean it. Has gaskets? Wipe them off. Clean dispenser trays. Top loader with worn agitator dogs? Replace them. Buildup of fabric softener or excess liquid detergent without proper rinsing gunks up the outer machine drum makes a brown yucky funky mess so get that coating out of there. Be sure to run the clean cycle regularly and stay away from products designed to coat things such as fabric softener.  I'll repeat, keep your machine maintained and cleaned.  The best "wash routine" won't really work well if the machine itself is not clean and functional to start with. Machine clean and functional? Great! Now... 

Think for yourself.

How to wash diapers summary:   Get the pee and poop off somehow so the main wash cycle water isn't too dirty and then rinse until fully rinsed.

I recommend not covering up uncleanness with fragrance. Choose fragrance-free or at least unscented products whenever possible.

Sincerely, Karen



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16 page how to wash cloth diapers booklet

How To Wash Diapers Booklet

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Green Mountain Diapers How To Wash Diapers Booklet (16-Page Guide). Free with your purchase, but to save paper, we don't send it unless you add it to your cart.   Returning customers don't need 10 copies of it, so we don't send it unless you want it. The one-page Quick Start Guide will be sent with your order, but this 16 page booklet must be added to your cart.

Free with purchase!  One copy of the Green Mountain Diapers 16-Page How To Wash Diapers Booklet is available for free with all purchases when you add it to your cart to receive a paper copy or email us using the Contact Us link and ask for it and we can send it as a .pdf file to you.

Join our Facebook Group: Green Mountain Diapers Friends Group and you can find the .pdf in the files section of the Facebook Group.


All of your questions about washing diapers, laundry detergent selection, using cloth wipes, how to care for wool and other helpful tips and such are answered in the booklet. 

We have received a lot of positive feedback on this booklet.  Many customers tell us that this information has been a key element in their successful cloth diapering experience from birth to potty learning.

The 16 page How-To Wash Diapers Booklet is more complete but there is still plenty of wonderful How-To Information on this site:

Diaper Definitions

Using Cloth Diapers

Washing Cloth Diapers

Wool Washing Instructions

FAQ - New to Cloth (includes a shopping list)