How to Remove Stains from Cloth Diapers

Common opinion holds that cloth diapers require more trouble and expense than disposable diapers. In reality they cost much less, require only one to two more loads of laundry each week, are as sanitary as disposable diapers and they do not leak. Even stains are easily removed with the assistance of a few normal household products and this article's simple steps.

  1. Pre-soak diapers that you expect may have tough stains. Fill a pail or bucket halfway with water and then add either one-fourth cup vinegar or baking soda.

  2. Rub the wetted stain with a bar of white soap, white shaving cream or white toothpaste. Perform this step as an alternative to Step 1, but do not perform both steps on the same diaper.

  3. Shake diapers soiled with feces over the toilet to dislodge any loose pieces and then place them into the washing machine.

  4. Wash cloth diapers in a complete washing machine cycle with cold water only. Repeat another cycle with hot water only.

  5. Examine each diaper pulled out of the washer. Toss unstained diapers into the dryer or hang them on the clothesline.

  6. Hang stained diapers on a clothesline in full sun, which will lighten and possibly remove the stain.

  7. Apply lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide to stubborn stains. After using lemon juice, re-hang the diapers in the sun.


  • Do not pour fabric softener into a load of dirty diapers because the softener will reduce their absorbency.
  • Refrain from washing diapers with bleach because it will wear them out.
  • Avoid detergents with whitening agents because these can cause rashes.