A general rule of thumb is to flush the solid waste down the toilet, keep your dirty diapers in a pail or wet bag, and wash them every 2-3 days.
The big advantage of the AI2 system is that the diaper covers do not need to be washed after each use. Please bear in mind, however, that this does not mean they are not allowed to be washed, and more importantly, it does not mean that they should be hand-washed!
When maintaining diaper covers and pocket diapers – basically all parts containing the laminated PUL layer, always bear in mind:
1. The diaper covers must not be scrubbed manually – hand washing is much rougher for them than washing at 60 degrees in a washing machine! Washing the diapers with hands and inappropriate maintenance can result often to broken diaper covers, which we all want to avoid.
2. Remove stool residues from the cover with a stream of water, do not rub it manually. If necessary, drip the stain with liquid gall soap and leave it for a while. Then throw into your wet bag or wash together with all the used diapers – at a long 60-degree program.
3. It is good to wash the diaper covers once every 7-10 days, or whenever they are soiled. Keep in mind: A month without washing can damage the diaper cover much more than washing it every week.
Attention: On the other hand, tumble-dryer is not suitable for diaper covers! The dry hot air can, in contrast to hot water in the washing machine, definitely harm them. (The same applies to pocket diapers, swim diapers and accessories containing the waterproof PUL layer.)
Just after taking out of the washing machine, do not try to stretch the diaper covers and pockets of the pocket diapers, as this could gradually loosen the elastic rubber bands around the legs, and the covers and pockets would not fit tight anymore. Simply hang the wet covers and pockets on the cord. If drying outside, you can use the velcros of the pants for attaching them to the cord (so that they don’t fly away 🙂 ).