Using The System Long-Term
You Have To Take Care Of Your Diapers
It's simple. The most efforts you put into the maintenance of your AppleCheeks diapers, the longer they're going to last.
Now, it's not necessarily about working harder, but about working smarter. It's about having good usage habits and maintaining them in the long term.
We recommend to wash any new AppleCheeks products at least once. Moreover, you should wash Bamboo Inserts three times on hot and dried once on hot. This makes the fibers retract, which ensures optimal absorbency.
Start With Good Storage Habits
Here's the thing. We have used only the best materials inside our diapers. But they aren't everlasting. The longer that PUL and elastic sit wet, the faster they will wear out.
This is why great storage habits can make a world of difference in the long term.
Our Main Tip is to store your soiled diapers in a water-resistant, odour-proof Storage Sac between uses. This way, you'll have a place you can keep your soiled diapers far away.
Here are some other great storage tips:
Always remove solids before placing a soiled diaper in the storage sac.
Do not rinse or immerse your diaper in water before storing it.
The best way to preserve your diapers between washes is to keep them as dry as possible.
You can use a soft, biodegradable flushable liner to easily remove poop from the inside the diaper.
Before Washing Your Diapers
The first thing to remember is to always remove any feces before washing your covers and inserts. The only exception is breast milk feces, which are water-soluble and you don't need to remove. If you want to ease this, you can use our Flushable Liners.
A Note On Detergents
There's no one brand of detergent that will work for all families and all situations. Yet, here are some general guidelines to help you pick the best detergent for you:
Do not use any detergent that contains fabric softeners or natural oils. This will coat the fibers of the diaper and cause repelling.
Make sure you're choosing a detergent that contains enough surfactants to get your diapers clean. Remember that diapers are heavily soiled items with many layers of fabric. The detergent should not contain sodium percarbonate or bleach.
Know your baby: Are they sensitive to scented products? Do they react to certain ingredients? And avoid Detergents that contain enzymes as they can leave rashes on baby's skin.
Do not use bleach on any AppleCheeksTM products. Choose a detergent that is free of sodium percarbonate (the active ingredient in many oxygenated bleaches).
Use a zero-residue detergent. Detergent residue will lead to leaking, absorbency issues and stinky wraps.
Wash Your Diapers Well!
(Washing your diapers together?)
To wash your diapers thorougly, run the heavy-duty/full wash cycle with hot water (60°C).
You can use the manufacturer’s recommended amount of a scent-free, softener-free detergent on the double rinse option. An extra rinse increases the life of the PUL dramatically.
Avoid the following in your wash cycle, as they can lead to delamination of your PUL:
Stain guard ingredients
Enzymes (can cause rashes on some babies' skin)
Vinegar and/or baking soda
There's An Optimal Way To Dry Your Cloth Diapers
We recommend hanging your AppleCheeks Covers and Storage Sacs to dry whenever possible. This will extend the life of your covers.
Yet, covers and Storage Sacs can be machine dried as well. The maximum suggested temperature is 50 degree C / 130 degree F. The best way to dry is at ‘delicate setting’ and then with air only (no heat).
Inserts can be machine-dried on medium or hung to dry. Note that if you choose to hang your inserts to dry, a quick spin in the dryer while they are just a little bit damp will lead to softer, fluffier inserts.
We recommend not hanging your covers over a radiator or any other dry heat source. This will prematurely dry out your elastics, can lead to melted laminate, and shorten the life of your covers.
Avoid contact with all bleaches and fabric softeners in any form, as well as prolonged exposure to direct sunlight (covers only) and on high UV days.
Line Drying should be done before 10am and after 4pm on sunny, summer days. It should never be in direct sunlight as this can lead to drying of the urethane laminate and cracking.
Finally, Never use a fabric softener of any sort on your diapers as this will cause your diapers to repel all liquids and decrease absorption capacity. Avoid using dryer sheets in your laundry in general.
Cycling Your Use To Perfection
When it comes to using the AppleCheeks system all the time, it all boils down to one thing: efficiency.
And to be fully efficient, we have to use our diapers in a cyclical manner. We have to alternate between wearing, changing, and finally, washing. And there's a way to have everything in place to do it easily.
Our first recommendation is to wash your diapers every three days - or twice a week.
So, if you have to wash them two times a week, the general aim is to constantly have spare covers and inserts in rotation.
But here's the thing: your diapers will last longer if you have more in your rotation and wash less often. So buying more than the recommended amount can oftentimes help.
How Many Diapers Should I Buy?
Bottom line, you need at least 12 covers and 36 inserts (for 4 changes per day).
And this is if you plan on mainly using the Cover+Insert method (Laying your Insert on Top).
If you prefer to use the Envelope method (Putting your Insert in the Cover), you should have at least 36 covers and 36 inserts. Finally, for a hybrid between both methods, you can use 24 covers and 36 inserts.