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Old 01-07-2009, 01:25 PM   #1
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Hi mamas,

I just got this e-mail from Cottonbabies.com today, who are the makers of the Bumgenius diapers. I bought the 3.0 One-size pocket diapers from them, and they sent me the official washing instructions along with how to strip the diapers, and fix leaking and stink issues. I think this will be very helpful for other mamas since you have to be very careful with how you care for these diapers! They are still my favorite, though. Maybe one of the moderators should make this a sticky since so many mamas have questions on how to care for these diapers. Here's the instructions:


Thank you for your bumGenius purchase. We want your bumGenius diapers to be great for your family. Here are some guidelines that will help.

It is imperative to use detergents that are free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and brighteners, on your bumGenius diapers. Using detergents containing these ingredients will cause damage to your diapers including elastic failure and leaking. You can find some options on specific detergents by following this link:


To begin, wash your new bumGenius diapers once (any temperature water) with a tiny bit of detergent. Dry warm. Do not prewash micro-poly fibers with cotton or hemp products. After prewashing, some users choose to wash different fabric diapers together, however; washing other fabrics with bumGenius may cause your stretchy tabs to pill and your Velcro to become less sticky.

Store your soiled diapers in a dry diaper pail designed for cloth diapers (a pail with a vent in the lid).


Note: When washing just a few diapers in your machine, you will need to lower the amount of detergent to compensate for a lower water level. We intend these instructions for a full washtub of water.

1. Wash the entire load on the normal cycle, on cold with ¼ of the detergent manufacturer's recommended amount. Washing (a full wash cycle, not a pre-wash) once on cold water is important to remove leftover "yuck" (even if it is not solid yet) from your diapers. This step also goes a long way to preventing stains.
2. Wash the entire load with the above-mentioned detergent amount again, on hot - no more than 150 degrees. (For recommended water heater settings, please check your local government regulations.)
3. Do a second rinse (any temperature you prefer).
4. You can dry everything in a warm to medium heat in the dryer.
5. You may use ¼ of a cup of bleach in your hot wash routine once a month, without fear of harm to your diapers.

Using the wrong detergent or too much detergent, using diaper creams, lotions, or oils without a barrier between the baby and the diaper will cause your diapers to leak or develop an odor. Washing your diapers every other day is important because the ammonia gases that build up in the diaper pail are caustic and will prematurely wear out elastic. If you are having a difficulty with one of these issues do not worry, these problems are fixable! Simply follow our stripping instructions below.

Please apply the following recommendations for stripping of specific issues. Be aware, depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to repeat the procedure a number of times.


1. Wash once in hot water with Dawn liquid dish detergent in the original blue formula (yes, it must be Dawn). Use one tablespoon for regular top loaders and one teaspoon for high efficiency machines.

2. Do two additional hot water washes with no detergent, just clear water.


1. Wash inserts once in hot water with Dawn liquid dish detergent in the original blue formula (yes, it must be Dawn). Use one teaspoon for high efficiency machines or one tablespoon with a regular machine. Use ¾ cup of chlorine bleach for a top loader and ½ cup for a high efficiency machine.

2. Do two additional hot water washes with no detergent, just clear water.

3. Normally, covers do not hold odors as inserts can, however, you may strip them using the instructions that apply for leaking issues. (See above.)

As for rash creams, you may use the type of cream that you feel is necessary, or one that your doctor recommends. You will need to use a piece of fabric (or bumGenius Stay-Dry liner if you want to maintain the same stay-dry effect for your baby) between your baby's bottom and the diaper to prevent the cream from transferring onto the diapers. After use, wash the liners separately to avoid the oils in the creams or lotions from transferring to the diapers through the wash cycle. We have found that the bumGenius Bottom Cleaner works well for bottom cleaning during a diaper change and does not leave a residue in the diaper that will block absorbency. We do not recommend cornstarch or baby powder.

Warranty (when applicable)

We carry a one-year warranty on the bumGenius diapers. It is the most comprehensive warranty in the cloth diapering industry, to our knowledge. The warranty covers all materials and workmanship. It does not cover leaking or smell issues, as these are not a manufacture defect, but caused by user error. We do not have a specific number of washes or a time qualification for the bumGenius lifespan. Some parents have reported to us that they have been able to see two babies through the same bumGenius diapers, while other parents say they have gotten through one year of service. Like any garment, length of wear time varies. The difference is due to a variety of specific issues. Detergent affects longevity, as does as the amount of detergent used, additives included in the wash routine, how diapers are washed, the number of diapers a family has in their diaper rotation, the local area water conditions, and the condition of the washing machine. We suggest beginning with 12-24 diapers in your rotation and adding to your diaper stash as necessary. In addition, you should launder all soiled diapers at least every other day. Following the care instructions for the diapers is also very important. Please do not hesitate to call us if we can answer any questions or concerns, or if there is anything more we can do for you. We appreciate your business.

Kindest Regards,
Customer Service 1-888-332-2243

If you have any questions, please reply to this email or call us at 1-888-33-BABIES.
Audrey-wife & mama We have one little girl and a little boy on the way due July 6th!
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