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Cloth diapers have delicate fibers that require extra care when washing. Aside from being laden with harsh chemicals that can irritate your baby’s delicate skin, many standard detergents contain ingredients that can damage cloth diaper materials or decrease absorbency. While some babies do just fine with regular laundry detergents, it's usually best to opt for a mild or natural detergent that’s free of harsh chemicals, fragrances, dyes, and brighteners. Softeners should also be avoided as these can cause buildup and reduce absorbency. Although plant-based detergents that rely on enzymes to break down proteins can be highly effective at lifting stains and eliminating odors, they may cause irritation when residual enzymes come into contact with proteins on your baby’s skin. If you like the idea of the dirt-busting power delivered by enzymatic detergents, give your diapers an extra rinse using hot water.

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