How often should you wash hemp inserts?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

To properly prepare your hemp inserts for use, it is recommended to wash them at least three times before incorporating them into your diapering routine. This initial washing process helps to remove any natural oils and residues that may be present in the fibers. By doing so, you ensure that the inserts are clean and ready to provide optimal absorbency.

During these prep washes, it is advisable to separate the hemp inserts from your other diapers to prevent the oils from redistributing onto them. This step helps to maintain the integrity of your entire diaper stash and ensures that the hemp inserts are properly prepped.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to wash your hemp inserts for optimal results:

1. Step 1: Separate the Hemp Inserts: Before starting the prep washes, separate the hemp inserts from your other diapers. This helps to prevent the oils from transferring onto your other diapers during the initial washes.

2. Step 2: Pre-Wash: Begin by running a pre-wash cycle using warm water and a small amount of detergent. This helps to remove any loose debris and residues from the inserts. You can also add a small amount of baking soda or vinegar to aid in the cleansing process.

3. Step 3: Main Wash 1: After the pre-wash, proceed to the first main wash cycle. Use hot water and a recommended amount of detergent suitable for cloth diapers. This step helps to further remove any remaining oils and residues from the hemp inserts.

4. Step 4: Main Wash 2: Repeat the main wash cycle a second time using hot water and detergent. This additional wash ensures that the inserts are thoroughly cleaned and ready for use.

5. Step 5: Drying: Once the wash cycles are complete, it is important to properly dry the hemp inserts. You can either air dry them outside in the sunlight or use a dryer on a low heat setting. Avoid using high heat as it may damage the fibers and reduce absorbency.

It is worth noting that hemp inserts tend to reach their maximum absorbency after a few washes. So, while they may be usable after the initial three prep washes, they will continue to improve with each subsequent wash. Therefore, it is recommended to continue washing your hemp inserts along with your regular diaper laundry to maintain their optimal absorbency.

By following these guidelines and properly washing your hemp inserts, you can ensure that they are clean, absorbent, and ready to provide reliable leak protection for your baby. Remember, every diapering journey is unique, and it’s essential to find a washing routine that works best for you and your family.