With the right wash routine and detergent, your Thirsties products should last through one child and onto the next. Many people do not know that the type of detergent and routine used can greatly affect the life of cloth diapers and covers. In fact, certain chemicals can actually ‘un-glue’ the lamination from your waterproof products when used on a regular basis. The use of harsh detergents and/or additives can void the warranty on your diapering items, so please take care to follow the manufacturers' care and use instructions. Specific ingredients or additives to avoid for diapering items with laminate include: Chlorine Bleach, Oxygen Bleach, Fabric Softeners As a general rule, avoid additives or detergents that contain: Fabric Softeners, Brighteners, Dyes, Chemical Fragrance, Chlorine Bleach, Oxygen Bleach, Washing Soda, and Borax Our recommended detergents are: Allens Naturally Liquid* Country Save Liquid Ecover Laundry Liquid Ecover Powder Mountain Green Free and Clear Baby* Mountain Green Ultra Baby* Nature Clean Laundry Liquid Nature Clean Powder* Planet Delicate Laundry Wash* Planet 2X Ultra Laundry Detergent HE Planet Ultra Powdered Laundry Detergent Vaska* * HE safe For hard water, you may also use Calgon Water Softener as needed, along with your detergent. What happens if I have a defect? Rest assured, lamination defects are very, very rare. But if you happen to be one of the unlucky few that come across a factory flaw, have no fear. Your Thirsties product is covered under the 365-day warranty period. Just contact us at: http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/customer-center/return-merchandise-authorization/ Please forward any questions that you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org ~Sonya
Thank you for posting this! I wish other companies shared how long they anticipate their products to last! This is helpful!
One of the easiest ways to preserve your lamination (aside from using the correct detergent) is to avoid super hot water. Many people think that hot water is good for cloth diapers because it sanitizes them. When in actuality, it’s breaking down the fibers in the cloth and wearing away the lamination in their waterproofing. The best way to sanitize your diapers is with good old fashioned sunshine.
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