Wife, Mummy, Nurse: The Best Cloth Diapers to Use on Coin Operated Washing Machines {Fluffy Fridays}

14 September 2012

The Best Cloth Diapers to Use on Coin Operated Washing Machines {Fluffy Fridays}



When I was pregnant, I started looking at cloth diapers, but I realized I needed to choose wisely, especially since we don't have a washer and dryer in our apartment.  It is $1.00/load to run a load of clothes to wash, which is good as far as cost goes.  I ended up choosing prefolds and covers because I read that it's easier to clean natural fibers, they don't get as stinky, and prefolds are a cheaper option than pockets/AIOs. After 18+ months of cloth diapering, I decided that the best cloth diapers to use with coin operated washing machines are:

Diaper Rite Flat diapers.  Come in 2 sizes 27 X 27 inches or 32 X 32 inches, and you can choose either white or natural.

These diapers are great because they are one layer which means they are easier to clean and easier to rinse in the washer.  I hang them on my drying rack on our balcony and during the day.  Plus, if one is accidentally left after washing it, I am not upset because they are cheap; they are less than $2/diaper.




Flip One Size Diaper Cover.  These fit babies from approximately 7-35 lbs.  My daughter is 31.2 lbs. and hers still fit.

Flip diaper covers are wonderful because you can resuse the covers from diaper change to diaper change, as long as they are not soiled. I often try to spot clean my covers until wash day. Flat diapers can be pad folded and lain inside the diaper.



Hemp Babies Little/Bigger Weeds.  These come in 2 sizes: Little Weeds and Bigger Weeds.  They are made out of two layers 55% natural hemp/45% certified organic cotton serged together.

I use this as a booster at night time since this has 8 times the absorbency of cotton.  These range in price from $5.95-$7.95.  I would recommend getting four of these because they take a little bit longer to dry than the flat diapers.




Disana Wool Soaker. This soaker is a pull on style that is double knitted with organic sheep wool.  They come in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

I use wool at night time for many reasons. One of those reasons is because I don't have to wash it after I use it every time.  Wool has to be hand washed.  The one downside is it takes about 24 hours to dry, but despite that I recommend this diaper, especially as a night time cloth diaper.  At $26.99, you will be hard pressed to find a wool soaker this good at this price.


Do you use have to use a coin operated washing machine? If so, what cloth diapers work for you?
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14 comments:

  1. Great post - I don't usually have to wash at laundrymats so I never really thought of this - but you're spot on in your choices!

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  2. I love that you included Diaper Rite flats! Have tried three different brands now and these are by far the softest.

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  3. these sound great! thanks so much for the info I have not done cloth diapers but I am thinking about changing over :D

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  4. Definitely a great post on how to do cloth if you don't have a washer/dryer in your home or apartment. The great thing about covers and flats is that you can hand wash them in a pinch, too!

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  5. I have my own washer and dryer at home but I think your suggestions are still great. I don't use flats, but I have all the other products you recommend and think they are truly great for cloth diapering made easy and affordable.

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  6. What an interesting post. I haven't had to use a laundromat for a year since our current living situation includes a washer/dryer. But I'm not sure what the future holds. I love that you thought through this aspect!

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  7. Kudos, Sarah. Some people would just not even try...

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  8. I have never had to use a laundromat for cloth diaper. But have had to use it when our washer broke for clothing. It was expensive. I can imagine that flats would be the only way to go at a laundromat!

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  9. Very handy! Our washer and dryer were recently broken (luckily baby won't be here until December) and we waited weeks for repairs to be done so had to go to the laundromat. Thanks for the tips in case we get in that predicament again!

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  10. Good article. We might have to use the laundromat next year for awhile when we are moving. I do have a few of the diaper rite diapers and one blueberry cover. I will be sure to add a few more to my stash before she is born.

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  11. Good call on these; Microfiber would be a disaster with a less customizable wash cycle!

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  12. Luckily I have a washer and dryer at home, I think if I had to go to the laundromat, I'd be less likely to cloth diaper! Good call on the flats, if I'm ever in that situation, I'll keep it in mind.

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  13. I'm so glad I don't live in an apartment with coin op anymore. If I did, I'd probably stick to prefolds. Or flats, which scare me a little. My mom told me when I was a baby she had to go to "diaper school" (a neighbor taught her) to learn all the different folds to use (though the internet makes it much easier now).

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  14. If I had to wash diapers at a laundry mat I think I'd just use covers and flats and just wash by hand.

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