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How to Wash Reusable Swim Diapers


Choosing a swim diaper is a lot more fun than cleaning one! The clean-up process can be done quickly and simply, though. This guide explains how to sanitarily wash a swim diaper, as well as how to make reusable swim diapers last longer.

Steps to Washing a Swim Diaper

  • Change diapers in the bathroom or designated changing area.
  • Report accidents with fecal matter to the pool supervisor so the pool can be flushed with the necessary chemicals. Children are less likely to have solid accidents in the pool than they are liquid accidents.
  • Dispose of any waste by flushing it in the toilet.
  • You can either hand rinse/wash the diaper in a sink, or machine-wash it in cool or warm water.
  • If you use a machine, set the load to the maximum water level to avoid unsanitary build-up in the machine.
  • Use less than half of the recommended amount of detergent by the manufacturer to prevent residue build-up. Avoid fabric softeners, bleach, and perfumes.
  • Run an extra final rinse.
  • Wash your hands and child's bottom thoroughly after changing.
  • Air-dry the clean diaper in a shaded area. Placing it in the dryer may melt any synthetic materials.
  • Reusable diapers can be used up to 10 times, or until the fabric starts to break down.

By properly caring for your baby's swim diaper, you can give your little one multiple days in the water while saving money on replacements!

Note: Disposable diapers should be thrown out after one use.

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