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Easy washing routine for cloth diapers

Yes, cloth diapers will generate work than using disposable diapers but with a simple enough washing routine, it doesn’t have to be all that much of a hassle as you’d think. Here are a few guidelines when it comes to washing cloth diapers. Create your own washing routine that works for you and your family.

Flush the poop
Simply shake off the poop into the toilet. If you’re using paper liners  simply lift up the paper liner with the poop in it. You can shake off the poop in to the toilet or simply throw the liner with the solids in it in the trash. Do not flush the paper liner down the toilet!  Rinse off  any excess poo.
how to wash the poo of cloth diapers and cloth nappies

Rinse & squeeze
Soak the diapers to make sure all the urine is rinsed off and then wring out the excess water. Then hang the diaper to dry before storing them in a wet bag until laundry day. The reason we recommend that you soak the diapers is to get all the urine out of the diaper. Urine contains ammonia which will make the diapers corrode if left for too long.
A lot of people puts a shower hose to the toilet and simply washes the diapers directly in the toilet, whereas others prefer to give them a good rinse in the shower, bathtub or in the sink. The diaper covers can be reused a few times before washing. Give them a quick rinse and let them dry and they are good to go again for a few more diaper changes. When ready for a proper wash they are washed along with the rest of the diapers. Wash dirty diapers within 2-3 days.
Soak the diapers and then dry

Laundry day
Put all the diapers, inserts and diaper covers in the washing machine. You can wash the diapers together with the rest of your laundry. Use a suitable detergent when washing your diapers. Don’t overuse detergent though. Too much detergent will not make the washing any cleaner, but might actually impair with the absorption. For that very same reason you should never use softener when washing your cloth diapers. Sometimes there’s a good idea to run the load of washing through an extra rinse cycle before the regular washing cycle. Vinegar can be used as a natural fabrik softener. Try to avoid using vinegar with the diaper covers, wet bags and the all-in-one diaper since the vinegar can ruin the PUL.

Let the cloth diapers hang dry. During summer, hang them to dry out in the sun. The sun will help whiten the stains. During winter you can leave the diapers out in the frost to help sanitize the diapers. The diapers can be tumble dried, but try not to dry the covers, AIOs and wet bags in the tumbler too often. It may damage the PUL.

All done!

More detailed washing instructions is to be found here >>

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Putting on a cloth diaper in three easy steps!

1. Grab a diaper cover of choice
2. Put an insert in the diaper cover (+ paper liners if you’d like to)
3. Put the baby in the diaper

And done! that’s how easy it is!

And if you find that three steps are one too many, we would  strongly recommend you to try the All-in-one diaper.

This is how you use the All-in-One diaper in two easy steps!

1. Grab the all-in-one diaper
2. Put the baby in the diaper


Form fitting terry diapers
Muslin squares
Insert for One-size (you can use these inserts with all of our diaper covers)

Diaper Covers
Diaper Cover One Size

Paper liners

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Get started with cloth diapers with our Starter Box

Cloth diaper starter box

Get started with cloth diapering with our affordable starter kit!
The starter box contains eight diaper changes. A clever way of getting started with cloth diapers and saving some money!

ImseVimse’s start-kit with diapers has a clever and innovative new design that grows with your baby and fits throughout the diaper period. These diapers will fit babies between 4-16 kg /9 to 35 lbs, thanks to the Soft Velcro and adjustment buttons on the diapers. ImseVimse’s one size diaper consists of two parts: a waterproof diaper cover and two separate diaper inserts. If you have a baby that weighs less than 8 kg it may be enough to just use the smaller inserts. ImseVimses Startbox saves you time, money and are kind to the environment.

The starter box contains:
2 One-Size Diaper Covers (Woodland and Wildlife)
8 sets of inserts
save money on cloth diapering with Imse Vimse starter box

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Using cloth diapers at preschool

If you’re using cloth diapers at home it’s only natural that you’d prefer doing the same at preschool. Most of the time the teachers are okey with this, but sometimes they have concerns about the use of cloth diapers at daycare. They might be worried it will create more work for them, that the diapers will smell and that is is complicated and hard. The best way to handle these questions and concerns is simply to inform and educate the teachers about how to use cloth diapers.
Show them how to put the diaper on and adjusting it. Find a simple enough routine to handle the diapers after changing it and use wet bags to store the used diapers in. By making it as easy and 
convenient as possible for the teachers the bigger the chances are that they are willing to aid you and your child in your cloth diapering.
Here are som great tips and advice using cloth diapers at preschool and kindergarten.


  • Let the teachers know that you use cloth diapers at home and ask them how they feel about this. perhaps they already have som experiences with cloth diapers that they are willing to share. They might have a few concerns about handling and smell. Gently tell them how it works and show the diapers and wet bags. Answer the questions that might come up. A good tips is to leave an instructional note by the changing table. It’s a great helt for the teachers. 

  • Make it as simple as possible. Most people aren’t used to cloth diapers so by leaving a few diapers that are easy to use, lika the AIO or the one-size diaper, it makes it easier and less daunting than simply leaving a pack of muslins for them to figure out. Choose the easier systems and make sure to use the same system of all the diaper that you intend to use at preschool to avoid confusion.
  • Make sure the diaper is up for some extra absorption since the diaper changes might not as frequent in preschool as at home. The teachers have many children to tend for and simply don’t have the time. By using an extra absorbent insert your child can use the diaper a little while longer without it leaking through.
  • By using the same system of all the diapers at preschool it makes it easier and less confusing for the teachers than using a lot of different types of cloth diapers.
  • A used diaper is stored in a leakfree wet bag. Show the teachers how to deal with poop in diapers. Either shake it off into the tiolet or if there’s no possibility to do so, simply fold it up with the poop inside the diaper and put it in the wet bag. Some prefer to put the dirty diaper in a plastic bag and then in the wet bag to prevent smell. Find a good routine that works for your child’s preschool.
  • Make sure you bring the dirty diapers back home with you every night!
  • Be clear about what ointments and oils that can and cannot be used with cloth diapers to avoid getting your diapers ruined.
  • Note! Put up a note with easy to follow instructions for the staff about the handle and care of cloth diapers. This is great when there are substitute teachers.


Perhaps your preschool is unwilling to use cloth diapers. Try finding out why that is. If it is due to lack of knowledge that is an easy sollution by simply educating and showing the teachers how it works. Try to keep an open dialog and help the teachers finding a routine that works for them. Making the process easier for them increases the chances of them changing their minds and being willing to try cloth diapers.
Perhaps they have previous negative experiences with cloth diapers. Try to find out exactly what their worries are and see if you can help them work around them and find a routine that works for them. Ask if they would like to give it a try and then decide whether or not they’d like to continue using cloth diapers or not. With an open dialog and by listening to peoples concerns and questions, most issues can be solved.

Cloth diapers at preschool and daycare
Products shown in image:
One-Size Diaper, extra absorbent insert for the one-size diaper, All-in-One diaper, super absorbent inserts and Wet Bags in different sizes for keeping dirty diapers.

Good luck with your cloth diapering and let us know how it goes!