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If you are starting on your cloth diapering journey there are a few things you need to get started. Obviously, there is the upfront cost of the diapers themselves and a few other things need to be factored into your budget. Don’t worry, you are still going to save a ton of money and help the environment out in a massive way. Some of these accessories are essentials and some are optional things that will make your life a little easier. 


  • Wet bag– A wet bag for the diaper bag is essential. Invest in two so that if one is in the wash and you need to run an errand you have a backup.
  • Pail and pail liner– Diaper genie and other popular pails for disposables won’t work for cloth diapers. Get yourself a pail and pail liner like these. Or, a simple bag this this one from Fuzzibunz with a zip-open bottom makes washing the diapers quick and easy. A hanging bag can be more convenient for small spaces since it won’t take up any precious floor space.
  • Diaper sprayer– This is one of the items that makes modern cloth diapering more convenient, the diaper sprayer does the dirty work for you.
  • Detergent– you need to use a detergent designed for your cloth diapers or a “clean” detergent that won’t build up on the diapers. A few recommendations would be Charlie’s Soap, Rockin Green, or BumGenuis detergent.


  • Wipes– You will already be doing the laundry so consider making the switch to cloth wipes. Cloth wipes are going to increase your savings and your positive environmental impact.
  • Hemp inserts– This only applies if you have chosen to use pocket or pre-fold diapers. Hemp inserts are much more absorbent and will be very useful for everyday use if you have heavy-wetter or ensuring the diaper can last all through the night.
  • Clothes line– Consider having a clothing line set up outside for drying the diapers. Even if this isn’t something you want to do on a regular basis, when you get a stain that just won’t lift let the sun bleach it out for you. You can keep it simple and take your drying rack out for the day if a permanent line won’t work for you.
If you’re looking for more posts on cloth diapering check out Cloth Diapering On A Budget or How To Strip Cloth Diapers In A HE Washer


  1. You do provide some good information, but I do disagree with the need for a “special” detergent. It’s definitely nice to use a more green detergent, but it’s absolutely not necessary to use a certain or preferred detergent like BumGenius. That detergent doesn’t actually get diapers clean, as it is mostly a bunch of water softeners. You would have to use a bunch of it to actually get diapers clean. Many veteran cloth diaper moms actually recommend the use of Tide powder. I have used it as well, and I have never had stink issues while using Tide, but I found stink issues when using Country Save/BumGenius detergent. I just think it’s misinformation to say that using a specific detergent, especially BumGenius, is necessary.


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