Indian Prefolds vs. Chinese prefolds

Question:  What is the difference between Chinese and Indian Prefolds?

The main difference between Chinese and Indian prefolds is simply where they are made.  Chinese prefolds are made in China and Indian prefolds are made in Pakistan.  Both diapers will get the job done since both are diaper service quality.  Diaper service quality means the diapers are tough and can withstand many more washes then other prefolds on the market.  This is not to say that there aren’t some other minor differences.

Traditionally most parents use Indian prefolds for cloth diapering.  Indian prefolds are softer and usually slightly more absorbent.  Indian prefolds use a twill weave.  They are still 100% cotton but the weave itself allows the Indian prefolds to quilt up more when washed. The more quilting usually the more absorbent.

Chinese prefolds are made using a gauze weave.  Because a gauze weave is tightly woven the diapers tend to stay smooth and not pucker like Indian prefolds once washed.  Most of the time we suggest Chinese prefolds for making burp cloths since they lay more flat after washing.

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Got Yeast? Disinfecting Your Cloth Diapers

Question: Do I need to throw out my diapers after a yeast infection?  We can’t seem to eliminate the yeast.

If your child gets a yeast infection just remember that you don’t need to get rid of your cloth diapers.  With some basic sanitizing and treatments you can be back to using cloth in no time at all.

Bleach is the easiest and most effective way to rid your cloth diapers from yeast.  You can use bleach on flats, prefolds, fitteds, and pocket inserts.  If you are using pockets or all in one diapers please contact the manufacture to make sure that bleach is safe to use on your diapers.   Do not use bleach on a regular basis since will cause your diapers to deteriorate slowly.

Just add a ¼ cup of bleach to your initial wash and wash on hot.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly.  When washing it is important to turn up your water heater to its hottest setting.  Typically yeast can’t survive in anything over 120 degrees Fahrenheit so if the bleach doesn’t kill the yeast the water temperature should.

Another natural way to effectively kill yeast spores is with grapefruit seed extract.  We suggest using 1tsp. of grapefruit seed extract in your normal wash cycle.  A lot of our customers who are anti-bleach have had great luck using it in conjunction with tea tree oil. If you choose to use tea tree oil we suggest about 10 drops of it used along with the grapefruit seed extract.  Once again make sure to rinse out the diapers extremely well.  You don’t need a yeast rash and irritation from the grapefruit seed extract on top of it.

If the manufacturer of your diapers opposes the use of bleach on their diapers you can always turn to vinegar or oxygenated bleach.  Add a ¼ cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle.  Vinegar neutralizes yeast and will leave your diapers feeling softer.  Make sure to do an extra rinse cycle after adding the vinegar since it can leave your diapers smelly if not completely rinsed out.  If using oxygenated bleach, just add the suggested amount to your normal hot wash cycle.  When using either vinegar or oxygenated bleach you should still turn up your water heater to ensure the yeast is eliminated.

Lastly, you can always sun your diapers.  Leave your diapers out in direct sunlight for as long as possible.  In addition to helping with yeast, the sun naturally helps remove stains from your diapers.  We would advise fluffing them up in the dryer afterwards since sunning diapers can make them non-absorbent if done regularly.

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Making Your Diapers Last Longer

Question: My prefolds seem to be wearing out extremely fast. Is there anything I can do to make my cloth diapers last longer?

Your cloth diapers will not last forever.  Just like your favorite t-shirt or sweater, fabric will eventually wear out.  We have few tips and tricks for giving your diapers a longer life so that you can resell them, re-purpose them, or have them for future children.

#1 The better the quality the longer they will last.  Spending a little extra money on diaper service quality prefolds versus generic store bought prefolds, will mean having your diapers last at least a 100 washes instead of 30-40.  Also, spending money on name brand cloth diapers versus a no name brand on closeout usually means higher quality materials and a better warranty on your diapers.  Keep in mind there are good deals out there to be found, but do your research before investing a brand you’ve never heard of.

#2 The more diapers the better.  You can get by with 16-24 diapers, but washing every other day can take a hard toll on your diapers.  Most parents slowly add to their diaper stash as time progresses so that you aren’t washing the same diapers every other day.

#3  Our love and hate relationship with hook and loop closures.  Sure aplix (hook and loop closures) give you more adjust-ability and are much simpler to put on baby.  However, aplix wears out much faster than snap closures.  Lint, hair, or random other materials from your house will get stuck in them making them not as sticky and unsecured on your baby.  The last thing you have time for is picking lint out of aplix tabs on your entire stash of all in ones, pockets, and covers.  Make sure if you do choose hook and loop closures that you use the supplied laundry tabs.  This will keep the aplix from sticking to other items in the wash and keep your closures lasting longer.

#4  Have a good washing routine.  By avoiding bleaches you can make your diapers last longer.  Sure, there might be an occasion where you need to add some bleach like for ammonia funk but using bleach daily will cause your diapers to wear out a ton faster.  When you use fabric softeners you risk the chance of buildup developing in natural fibers which causes repelling.  Then of course you have to strip your diapers usually requiring a ton of hot water washes just to make them useable again.  The less washes your diapers have to endure the longer the life span.

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