2. Wash hot, normal or gentle cycle; Use about 1/4-1/2 of the recommended amount of toxic free, baby safe detergent. The companies want to sell more product so are going to suggest a large amount per load; so most people use too much detergent. I use liquid brands that say "free & clear".
3. Optional -Add ½ c. distilled white vinegar to rise cycle or Downy ball.
4. Dryer on low heat &/or line dry. Line dry covers.
5. Wool Dryer Balls are wonderful for cloth diapers! Always having them in your dryer is a way to achieve the benefits of fabric softener/dryer sheets without the toxicity.
Use detergents with dyes or fragrances
Use softener - Fabric softeners & dryer sheets reduces absorbency by coating the fabric.
Use harsh chemicals - Bleach will shorten the life of your diapers, is cancer causing & can irritate babies skin.
Whitening additives will cause damage to the waterproofing. So don't use washing/backing soda or vinegar as mentioned above for diaper COVERS or diapers with covers attached.