Lately, I have been seeing many posts about stripping cloth diapers in the dishwasher and hearing stories of success. There are a few reasons that stripping your cloth diapers in the dishwasher is not a good idea.
- Should any of the inserts, doublers or etc fall onto the heating element there will be at least burn marks, possibly a fire, or a dead dishwasher as a result. If you decide to use the dishwasher make certain that you have used diaper pins or some other fastener to secure the diapers or liners to the the top rack.
- Dishwashers are specially designed to wash dishes and not clothes. Your little one poops or pees in their diapers, would you want to eat off of plates that smell like ammonia and may be contaminated?
- Many manufacturers of cloth diapers and appliances will void their warranty as soon as they have determined you have put your cloth diapers in the dishwasher.
- Snaps may melt, Elastics may degrade, and PUL/TPU may start to delaminate if your dishwasher uses very hot water.
- Some dishwashers do not heat the water any better than your washing machine does. Much better results may be achievable by turning up your water heater some, or adding boiling water to the washer.
Always remember, that you should contact the store that has sold you your cloth diapers if you are needing assistance with problems. Here at Nature Bumz, we are more than happy to assist our customers that are having problems with their cloth diapers.