Washing and care
Here's a handy guide to washing and caring for our gPants, Pouches, and Cloth Inserts. For additional care information about our cloth inserts, visit our guides to Cloth Insert Care and Stripping Cloth Inserts.
Washing gPants and Pouches
gPants only need to be washed when they get dirty or soiled, not every time your baby wears them. Here’s how to wash them:
- Remove the pouch from the gPants.
- Close the velcro tabs on the gPants so they don’t come undone and snag other bits of clothing
- Using a detergent of your choice, machine wash the gPants and pouches in warm or cold water.
- For gPants, line dry (out of direct sunlight) or machine dry.
- For pouches, air-dry (they'll dry in minutes!).
- Avoid excessive hand-washing of pouches. No bleach, no vinegar.
Storing and Washing Cloth Inserts
We recommend a couple options for storing dirty Cloth Inserts until laundry day:
- Dry pail method: Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of a dry pail (to help prevent odors) and place soiled diapers in a covered pail (do not pre-soak). A large bucket with a lid works perfectly for this.
- Wet bag method: This is a waterproof, zipped bag that you fill with soiled diapers. On laundry day, dump the contents out of the bag and into your washer, and then throw your wet bag in too!
Cloth Inserts require a bit more specialized care than gPants. Here's how to clean them:
- Wash your cloth inserts separately in the machine on hot (do NOT wash with gPants and pouches which require a cool or warm machine wash).
- Use a “cloth safe” detergent — one without enzymes, brighteners, bleach, or softeners.
- An extra rinse at the end of the cycle will help ensure all detergent is rinsed out of the cloth inserts.
- Machine dry on medium, or line dry. (A dry bath towel in the dryer with them will help remove some of the moisture and significantly cut down your drying time!)
- Note: Avoid using barrier cream on your baby if they’re using cloth inserts, as the cream is difficult to wash off and can reduce absorbency.
Avoiding and treating stains
Try to keep in mind that stains are normal when dealing with diapers, and they do not indicate that the diapers aren't clean. However, there are some ways to help keep your gDiapers looking like new:
- A pre-rinse without detergent in warm water can help prevent stains from setting
- You can also “sun” your pouches and cloth inserts. Laying them out in the sun while wet can bleach them white again, naturally!
For gPants and Pouches, you can use your choice of detergent - the same kind you use on the rest of your family's laundry is fine.
Cloth Inserts, on the other hand, require a little more thought. Here's a guide to washing detergent for cloth diapers:
- Avoid detergents with added softeners, whiteners, brighteners or enzymes.
- You should only need HALF the amount of detergent in a cloth diaper load of laundry that you would use in a regular load of the same size.
- Using too much detergent or barrier cream on cloth inserts can lead to buildup, which lessens their absorbency. You can remove this buildup by following our guide to stripping inserts.
If you ever need more tips and tricks on caring for your gDiapers, don’t hesitate to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 1-866-553-5874. We’re always here to help!