Care Instructions

There is so much information online about washing cloth diapers that it has become a science.  Great information is shareds and great confusion is spreading. After a decade of manufacturing cloth diapers and hundred of thousand of happy customers washing successfully they loved Charlie Banana, we have noticed a few things that might help you and want to share before you dive in.

How soon you wash your diapers, the type of washing machine you have, the age of the washing machine, the type of soap you use, the monthly sanitizing of the loader, the type of water you have will make a BIG difference.

We have heard only SUCCESS from parents that rinse their diapers soonest and  have them in a water pail waiting to be in the next load of laundry. You avoid staining, ammonia buildup altogether. The same would applies to any other garments it seems.

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  • Knock solids into the toilet and shake
  • Rinse off any residue.
  • Remove the washable insert and store both diaper and insert in either a dry diaper pail or a pail of water until ready for washing.
  • Rinsing and washing your diapers daily if you can is better and will avoid a lot of ammonia and stains issues. If you diapers are rinsed and residue free throw them in with any other items of clothing.
  • Wash in cold or warm water to a maximum of 40C.
  • Use any eco-friendly detergent, only half of the recommended amount is needed if you use a standard non organic soap as they are very concentrated.
  • Do not use fabric softener or bleach.
  • Tumble dry on low or hang to dry.If using Charlie Banana Soap use the recommended full dose.



Care Symbols

We recommend that the diapers be washed before use. We also recommend you wash the inserts 4-6 times before use in order to let the fabric pores open and obtain maximum absorbency especially The hemp inserts. 


Care secrets

  • 1 small washing pail
  • 1 long dish brush
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Charlie Banana Eco-friendly soap

Here is how it works
A newborn baby needs to be changed every 1-2 hours; therefore you will need plenty of diapers in your rotation. Some parents prefer to have fewer diapers and wash daily, others like the ease of having more diapers and spreading out the washes. Washing diapers sooner than later is better.

Tips for changing at home:
Take 2-3 organic wipes and pass them under running warm water or dip them in a bowl of water kept at your changing station.
Remove the diaper and wipe the baby clean (or, if you prefer, take the baby to the sink and gently clean the baby under running water). Pat baby dry with a dry wipe.
Put on a fresh diaper, fold the dirty diaper, and store it in the diaper pail.

Diapers Cleaning specifics

Most of the solid will come off easily from the fleece. Below are a few options to remove any stubborn residue:

  • Use some toilet paper to wipe it clean
  • Your diaper will be free of any residue very easily.

You can soak your diapers in a wet pail and rinse them off lightly before washing or you can simply throw them in your dry pail or the washing machine. We recommend adding a bit of plain white vinegar to the wash and a few tablespoons of baking soda to help eliminate any smells on a weekly basis.

DO NOT USE BLEACH because this will damage the lamination of the diaper.
DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER because this will clog the pores of the fleece and insert fabric. The fleece will not let liquid pass through and the insert will become less absorbent. If this has happened to you, soak the diaper and insert with some dish soap and wash them in your washing machine a couple of times to remove the residue. They will work fine again. 1-2 washes should do the trick.

Charlie Banana® diapers do not usually stain. However, some slight staining may occur if a child is on a certain type of medication or depending on the child's diet. Whenever possible, hang your diapers outside to dry naturally. Not only will you conserve energy, but your diapers will also benefit from natural bleaching by the sun.

If you purchased a Charlie Banana® diaper that has a printed design at the back, we recommend that you wash the diaper inside out. It is like a printed T-Shirt. Your diapers are washed everyday it is the best to ensure the print design to last a long time.

If you have any questions on to how to use or care for your Charlie Banana® diapers, please drop us an email  or call us at 1-855-66-CLOTH.