Fold and Clean a Cloth Diaper

Edited by Angel Hammer, Eng, Lynn

Cloth diapering can be a great option to consider for both new and experienced parents. Cloth diapering is great for the environment, and it is great for your wallet. Many parents do not realize that every disposable diaper that is used in the United States costs around 25 cents, and that can really add up! For some, the idea of cloth diapering can be daunting, or even down right scary. You can follow the helpful hints below to take the mystery out of the process. So give it a try and you too can watch the cash stacking up, instead of the dirty diapers.


  1. 1
    Folding the diaper
    Lay your cloth diaper flat on a mat, blanket or changing table in a diamond shape (one corner at the top, bottom, left and right).
    1. Fold the top corner/point down toward the center of the diaper; it should rest a little above the diaper's center line.
      Fold the bottom corner/point up toward the top point. The two points should have about a two-inch gap between them in the dead center of the diaper.
    2. Fold the left corner diagonally to the top center of the folded top point, so that the top of the diaper is a flat line.
      Repeat with the right corner point. The sides of the left and right corner flaps should meet as a flat line in the center of the diaper, running through the top and bottom center of the flap folds. This should appear as an upside down triangle with a flat point at the top.
    3. Lay your baby in the center of the folded diaper.
    4. Bring the bottom of the folded diaper up through the baby's legs and over the crotch.
    5. Fold the left and right corners around the baby's hips and overlap them over the folded crotch of the diaper.
    6. Pin the diaper with baby safe pins at each corner of the folded up bottom flap.
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  2. 2
    Cleaning the Diaper
    Keep a covered bowl or Tupperware in your bathroom or on the back of your toilet.
    1. Scrape the contents of the diaper into the toilet using the spatula.
    2. Place the diaper into the bucket filled with the bleach water.
    3. After allowing the diapers to soak for at least three hours, wash according to care instructions in the washing machine. Wash with Dreft baby detergent or another pediatrician recommended, hypo-allergenic detergent.
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  • Layering two cloth diapers is recommended for better absorption. You can purchase pre-folded cloth diapers as well!

Things You'll Need

  • A baby
  • A cloth diaper
  • Two baby safe pins
  • A spatula
  • A bowl
  • 5-gallon bucket filled with a mixture of one part bleach to three parts water
  • Dreft or any other hypo-allergenic detergent

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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Categories : Baby & Toddler

Recent edits by: Eng, Angel Hammer

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