Joy and I both committed the same eco-sin as young mothers: we bleached our diapers. Now, at the time we were ignorant of the evils of chlorine bleach. They put it in pools and drinking water, so it can’t be so bad, right? Well, it turns out to be an environmental toxin. When you pour bleach down the drain, it mixes in with the rest of the waste water that then must be processed by your sewer system. The cleaner we keep our water, the safer it is for everyone.
Not only is chlorine bleach bad for the environment, it’s extremely hard on diapers. Joy found that hers quickly became frayed and worn. When she switched to other cleaners with larger sized diapers, they lasted much longer.
We have since learned that there are better ways to deal with the stains on your cloth diapers:
As an added bonus, these techniques will not only help the planet, they’ll keep your diapers lasting longer and be better for baby’s skin.