Thank to Cathy for this Frugal Baby Tip!
You don't have to wash before the first use. Need to only wash once a week or every other week. Can wash in Woolite or even baby shampoo. Wash in cold water with a capful. Rinse out until no more bubbles. Squeeze dry, don't wring. Roll up in towel a few times to dry some more. Hang flat and not on top of a heat source or sunlight. Takes about 2 days to dry.
About once a month, or when you notice that the soaker may be losing waterproofing, you will have to treat it with lanolin. Either use a prepared wool wash such as Eucalan or can use pure lanolin out of a tube.
The easiest way is to use a bottle with a top. Pour in warm water, about an inch of lanolin, a tablespoon of vinegar and maybe a drop of tea tree or lavender essential oil and shake vigorously to get an emulsion. Then pour this into a sink (or bowl) of warm water and mix well, should be cloudy. Soak your soaker in this bath, making sure it gets in all the nooks and crannies. Don't allow the water to get cold, add warm water if necessary. Leave in at least 15 min, dry as above. If your soaker ever gets poop on it, treat the stain immediately with soap and rinse well.
Category: Diaper Washing