Saturday, February 19, 2011

In Need of Advice: Bamboo AIOs

We would love to start helping people with all their cloth diapering problems & concerns. Email us your issues using our contact form, or post on our Facebook Wall to seek out plenty of advice from the mamas out there!

Our online community is filled with the best cloth diapering gurus you can find! That being said, here is a question I got this morning, and I'd like to throw it out to all of you folks as I don't personally have experience (yet!) with laundering bamboo!

Hi there,
I have brand new bamboo AIO diapers. I just prep-washed them (3 times, on their own) for the first time. I line dried them but the insides are all crunchy & coarse now. Then I tossed them in the dryer for 15 minutes to try to soften up, and it's a little better but not much. Is this just how bamboo feels now? It was so soft before I washed it :( :(

Please use the comments section to help this mama out!


  1. When I was experimenting with bamboo cloth I had to wash/dry them a number of times 7 to get them to feel soft again. The other thing you might try is boiling them to get the oils out.

  2. A response from our Facebook page:
    Rachael EbCo: "Is it regular bamboo or bamboo velor it should not be coarse or crunchy... But if it is regular bamboo interlock, then it wont be soft really at all.... Sorry :("

  3. Another response from our Facebook page:
    Booty Boutique: "most bamboo diapers are not 100% bamboo...and although sooo soft at first are not soft once washed etc.. dryer balls may help. Bamboo is a wonderful product for cloth diapers and SOOO absorbent, which is why I LOVE bamboo doublers or insert...s for nighttime use. But if you are worried about them not being soft against babies skin, then cut a piece of fleece and put in between babe and diaper. not only is this a stay dry layer, but it will remain nice and soft :) Also, try putting in the dryer right after washing for about 10 minutes and then line dry... it will help soften it up a bit.good luck!"