Preventing and Removing Cloth Diaper Stains

Seasoned cloth diapering mamas can attest to the fact that we get attached to our fluff. That’s why it’s so maddening to find stains that won’t budge on our once-adorable diapers. We want our diapers to look as cute as they did the first time we put them on our little ones. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent stains from happening and remove them when they do pop up.

Preventing Stains

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The old saying rings true when it comes to cloth diaper stains. To stop stains before they start,


  • Rinse soiled diapers immediately in cold water to remove as much poop as possible before tossing them into the wet bag or diaper pail.
  • Pre-rinse in the washer on cold before running the diapers through a hot water washing.
  • Use liners with your cloth diapers to avoid getting poop directly on the diaper.

By stopping stains before they set in, you’ll find that keeping your cloth diaper stash in great condition doesn’t take much work at all.

Treating Cloth Diaper Stains

All that said, stains can and do happen. So, if you find a stain that just won’t budge – now what? Don’t worry! There are some proven tricks to get your diapers back in tip top shape.


  • Sun your diapers. Lay clean, wet diapers in the sun and bake away the stains – that’s all there is to it! Sunning has been known to get rid of even the most stubborn stains.
  • Lemon juice. If sunning isn’t quite doing the trick, try again after pre-treating the diapers with lemon juice.
  • Stain fighting products. If you have a particularly stubborn stain, we carry an easy to use, all natural stain fighting stick that is sure to get it out.

Using a solid wash routine and a great, cloth diaper friendly detergent will usually be enough to avoid stains. When it’s not, though, these tips will help you get rid of those pesky spots.

If fear of dingy, stained, yucky-looking diapers is keeping you from cloth diapering your little one, stop worrying! By caring for your cloth diapers properly, you’ll find that you can keep them looking good as new for quite some time.

Chime in – what are your favorite stain-fighting tips, especially when it comes to cloth diapers?

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