How to Strip Cloth Diapers

Are you interested in learning how to strip cloth diapers? This guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started.

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Diapers, whether cloth or disposable, need to be stripped every so often to remove the build-up of detergent, oils, and other materials that can prevent them from functioning properly. While you can use a store-bought solution, you can also strip cloth diapers with a few simple household ingredients.

What you will need

In order to strip your cloth diapers, you’ll need the following materials:

-Sturdy laundry detergent. You’ll want to use a detergent that is free of additives like fabric softeners and fragrances, as these can build up on your diapers and cause diaper rash. We recommend using a detergent like Charlies Soap, which is designed specifically for use on cloth diapers.

-A sink or basin. This is where you will soak your diapers before washing them.

-A washing machine. You will use this to wash your stripped diapers after soaking them.

-A dryer. This is optional, but recommended, as it will help to fluff up your diapers after washing them.

The Process

Stripping cloth diapers is a process of deep cleaning them to remove build-up from fabrics and detergents. It is recommended to strip cloth diapers every few months, or as needed. There are a few different ways to strip cloth diapers, and the method you choose will depend on the severity of the build-up.

Step One

Before you begin, gather all of the supplies you will need. You will need a large basin or small bathtub, a diaper pail, a lid for the basin or tub, a washing machine, and a dryer. You may also want to have a clothesline or drying rack for your diapers.

Fill the basin or tub with hot water. Add enough water so that the diapers are submerged and can move freely. If you are using a washing machine, set it to the delicate cycle and add hot water.

Add a small amount of cloth diaper safe detergent to the water. Swish the diapers around to evenly distribute the detergent and help loosen any buildup on the diapers.

Let the diapers soak for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 12 hours.

Step Two

Now that you have your supplies, you’re ready to strip your diapers. To strip cloth diapers, you will need to do a series of hot washes with detergent and no cloth diaper rash cream. Diaper rash cream can build up on cloth diapers and cause repelling.

1. Start by doing a hot wash with detergent, no rash cream, and no diapers. This wash is just to get your washing machine clean and free of any buildup.
2. Next, do a hot wash with 1/4 cup of detergent and your diapers. This will help to loosen any build up on your diapers.
3. Once the first two washes are complete, do 3-5 more hot washes with 1/4 cup of detergent and your diapers. With each wash, you should see the water getting cleaner and less sudsy.
4. After the final wash, dry your diapers as usual.

Step Three

The third and final step in this process is to rinse the diapers in cool water. This will help to remove any detergent residue and prepare the diapers for a future wash. Be sure to use a gentle cycle and avoid using hot water, as this can damage the fabric. If you are using a washing machine, you may want to add an extra rinse cycle to be sure that all of the detergent is removed. Once the final rinse is complete, your diapers will be clean and ready for use!

Additional Tips

If you are using a diaper sprayer, you may want to strip your diapers more often. Diaper sprayers can cause a build-up of minerals on your diapers which can lead to stink issues. If you are having stink issues, you may want to strip your diapers.


After you have removed the diaper, shake off any solid waste into the toilet. You can also use a small hand held strainer to remove any pieces that may have been missed. swish the diaper around in the toilet and then flush.
Be sure to rinse any cloth diapers that have been soiled with urine only. This will help to remove traces of urine and prevent any smells from developing.
If you are using a diaper sprayer, you can attach it to your toilet and use it to pre-rinse the diapers before they go into the washing machine.


Drying cloth diapers is probably the easiest part of caring for them. You have a few options:

-Hang them on a clothesline or drying rack in the sun. The sun is a natural disinfectant and will help to brighten your diapers.
-Tumble dry on low or no heat. This is the quickest way to dry your diapers, but it can wear them out faster over time.
-Line dry indoors. This takes the longest, but it’s gentle on your diapers.

If you use a diaper pail, you can line it with a dry pail liner to make laundry day easier. Just dump the contents of the pail into your washing machine and wash as usual.

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