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  • Use it up, wear it out: Getting the most out of cloth diapers

    June 24, 2015

    Cloth diapers, just like your household towels and favorite t-shirts, will eventually begin to show signs that they are well loved parts of your family’s daily life. Here are some tips for keeping them in great condition for as long as possible:

    laundry-tab-inst_vertTip #1: On Hybrid Hook/Loop Shells, ALWAYS use the Tuck Under Tabs before laundering!
    Avoid laundry “diaper chains,” damage, and premature wear and tear. The Tuck Under Tab is one reason the GroVia Hybrid is so beloved by cloth diapering families. Just trust.

    Tip #2: Hang or lay your GroVia Hybrid Shells flat to dry.
    By the time your Soaker Pads, Prefolds, and All in Ones have finished tumble-drying, your Shells will be dry or almost there. Not exposing them to heat from your dryer protects elastics, snaps, and Hook/Loop materials from becoming worn or warped.

    Tip #3: Have a large enough rotation.
    One Size diapers are worn around the clock by a single child for sometimes more than two or even three years! Having a large enough rotation—at least 36 diaper changes per child in diapers—will prevent the need to repair or purchase replacements before your child is out of diapers.

    suds_750x750smallishTip #4: Keep your wash routine SIMPLE!
    Soaking in water, detergent, or enzyme cleaners, performing unneeded extra rinses, and/or using too little detergent, followed by frequent and involved “stripping” processes are some of the top reasons cloth diaper families experience premature wear and tear on the products they have invested in. Learn more about laundry

    Tip #5: Rinse and wring out your overnight diapers before placing them in your diaper pail.
    By diluting what your baby’s overnight cloth diaper has been holding onto for 12+ hours, you are ensuring that your simple wash routine with plenty of good-cleaning detergent will be ALL it takes to get the whole load clean on the first try. It’s JUST like your nicest jeans or tops: the less laundering your cloth diapers have to go through, the better they will hold up over time.

    Tip #6: If it’s time to buy a new washer and dryer, choose HE.
    Whaaaaaaaaat??! Doesn’t everybody say a standard washer with an agitator (and HEAVY water usage) is better for cleaning heavily soiled laundry like cloth diapers?

    Some do say that, BUT if you’re using enough of a good-cleaning, HE-friendly detergent, and your detergent is in contact with the soiled fabrics for ~45 min., your diapers will get clean. Organic cotton does not always love a mechanical agitator.

    Tip #7: Utilize the industry’s only Snap Conversion Program!
    As a brand, we highly value keeping our product out of landfills. New life can be breathed into Hybrid Hook/Loop Shells by simply snap converting them. For this reason, GroVia offers the industry’s only snap conversion program!

    grovia_noprep_soakersmallerTip #8: Consider No Prep Soaker Pads or O.N.E. if longevity is your #1 priority.
    The materials in both No Prep Soaker Pads and in the O.N.E. Diaper by GroVia were chosen with families who highly value longevity in mind.

    Proper care and stash size still matter (within reason), but these materials are inherently more stable than some of their counterparts. If you’re building a cloth diaper stash for a first baby and anticipating using the same One Size cloth diapers to diaper another child, take a look at No Prep Soaker Pads and O.N.E. first.

    Tip #9: Smooth out the wings of your Hook/Loop Tabs before you hang or lay the Shells to dry.
    This goes a long way in keeping them nicely shaped and functioning beautifully.

    Tip #10: Buy new.
    There are lots of good reasons to purchase secondhand #clothdiapers, but if longevity is a priority for you, buy new. New #clothdiapers from authorized GroVia retailers come with our GroVia warranty (one full year from the date of purchase) and have their full life ahead of them. You also have complete control over how they’re cared for.

    Tip #11: Unsnap organic All in One and O.N.E. Diaper Boosters before tossing in the diaper pail.
    This will prevent stress points from forming in the fabric around the snaps as well as ensure best agitation of all pieces of the diaper. *Note: There is NO good reason to take the time to unsnap rise snaps before laundering. Don’t bother!

    Tip #12: Use the sun.before-after2
    If part of your longevity goal for your #clothdiapers is to keep them in re-sellable condition, you’ll want to keep them as free of stains as possible. Fortunately, that’s not difficult; the sun erases organic stains from organic cotton, while a good-cleaning detergent with enzymes will attack protein stains. Learn more

    Tip #13: Between children, store your cloth diapers well with longevity in mind.
    Clean them thoroughly. Sun any stains. Make any repairs needed. Store in a breathable container, like a pillowcase. (Air-tight, plastic storage is actually not the best choice.) Store in a climate-controlled part of your house. Take out to launder 2-3 times a year to keep elastics from becoming brittle and allow fabrics to remain clean and dustmite-free.

    Tip #14: Don’t stress TOO much about it.
    A basic paradigm of care ordered toward protecting your investment in cloth diapers will keep you covered—if a Shell makes it into the dryer once on accident, all is not lost. ;)

    This post was posted in Cloth Diapering and was tagged with cloth diaper maintenance , cloth diapers

  • Using Soaker Pads on the Newborn Setting

    March 17, 2014


    “If my Shell is on the newborn setting, can I use Soaker Pads?”

    This is a question that we see frequently from parents who are new to cloth diapers—and it’s a great one!

    An unprepped Soaker Pad looks gigantic; it really does. Once your Soaker Pads, which are made from absorbent natural fibers, are in the prepping process, you’ll watch them shriiiiiiink until, after about 10 washes, they reach their permanent size. This is true for all natural fiber cloth diapers.

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    This post was posted in Cloth Diapering , GroVia News and was tagged with Hybrid cloth diapers , grovia , grovia diapers , newborn cloth diapers , cloth diapers

  • ENOUGH with the "Stripping" Already

    February 18, 2014


    Our Customer Service department fields at least 5 "stripping" questions per day. The term, stripping, pops up daily on cloth diaper forums and manufacturer's Facebook walls. I've cloth diapered 5 babies (since 2003) and this term was nonexistent when I started cloth diapering.

    As pocket diapers and other polyester cloth diapers became popular, a new generation of washing instructions was marketed alongside these products. Washing instructions that told customers to use 1/2 (or less) of the recommended dose of detergent. The result: unclean diapers, ammonia issues, diaper rashes, and ultimately unusable cloth diapers. This was then followed by a whole host of "stripping" processes and customers who think that this is normal for cloth diapers. It isn't.

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    This post was posted in Cloth Diapering and was tagged with stripping diapers , cloth diapers

  • Huge GroVia Diaper Donation to Colorado Flood Victims.

    September 30, 2013

    As a successful company we feel a moral responsibility to help others in need. Each year GroVia is pleased to donate thousands of dollars worth of product both in the United States and abroad.

    Helping others is a core belief in our company and whether it is sewing lap blankets for residents of our local nursing home or sending thousands of diapers to flood victims, we are happy to contribute to those in need.

    Last week, 3 pallets of GroVia BioDiapers and BioWipes landed in Boulder for the Boulder Disaster Asst. Center. We specifically chose to send our eco-friendly disposable products in this shipment as we knew many had lost their homes and had little to no facilities to wash cloth diapers.


    This post was posted in Natural Living and was tagged with eco friendly diapers , grovia diapers , cloth diapers

  • So Your Baby is "Out-Peeing" Their Newborn AIO...

    July 22, 2013

    They are cute and tiny, so how in the world do newborns pee so much?? Looks can be deceiving! Your newborn will nurse 8-12 times per DAY for the first month, and 7-9 times per DAY during the second month. Well, what goes in must go out, which means A LOT of very wet diapers during those first couple of months.

    The GroVia Newborn AIO was designed to be a nice trim diapering option for tiny newborns during those all-important newborn weeks. Most people will find that their newborn will start “out-peeing” their NB AIOs before they outgrow them. So what is a mama to do?

    North was 6lbs 14oz when born and started wearing his GroVia NB AIOs at 2 days old. At about 3 1/2 weeks of age (and 8lbs), I found that he was starting to leak out of his diaper at about 1 ½ hours. When I would take the diaper off of him, the entire inside was saturated and the excess urine was finding its way out at the leg. So, we started adding some absorbency to his AIOs and VOILA….problem solved! At 5 weeks old and 10lbs he is still happily wearing his GroVia Newborn AIOs, without leaks!! Continue reading

    This post was posted in Behind The Scenes , Cloth Diapering and was tagged with newborn cloth diapers , cloth diapers

  • GroVia Named One of Babble's Best Cloth Diapers

    July 10, 2013

    Babble's Best Cloth Diapers of 2013

    As a marketing person, it sure does make my job a heckuva lot easier when a company has great products. That's why it's so amazing to work for GroVia...the products practically sell themselves! In fact, three of our top products were recently featured in Babble's Best Cloth Diapers of 2013. The GroVia Hybrid, Cloth All In One and Magic Stick Diaper Balm landed among Babble's favorites. We are honored to be recognized and are excited that the cloth diaper market continues to grow, giving families a variety of eco-conscious options to choose from. Click here to read Babble's round-up of the best cloth diapers.

    This post was posted in Cloth Diapering , GroVia News and was tagged with best cloth diapers , cloth diapers

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