Question: I've heard that when you have diapers made from natural fibers like Hemp and Bamboo that you need to wash them separate from the rest of your diapers? Is this true? If so, why is this the case?
Answer: This is a really great question and I am sure that many moms wonder this exact same thing. The washing instructions for natural fibers can be really confusing and often contradictory.
Here's the scoop! Natural fibers like Hemp and Bamboo contain naturally occurring oils. Generally you can assume that they've been prewashed before use in the manufacturing of inserts and built in soakers, but in some cases, like with prefolds, they may not have been.
Most manufacturers, in order to be safer than sorry, recommend you prewash your newly purchased inserts, diapers or prefolds that contain natural fibers separately from the rest of your diaper laundry. At least a couple times before beginning to launder them all together.
Washing them with your pockets and other diapers right from the start would run the risk that the natural oils might wash out and coat your other diapers causing repelling and odor issues. If you're concerned about whether or not you need to pre-wash your new items it's a good idea to contact the manufacturer or post to their FaceBook Wall asking their advice.
Now you're probably thinking, Do you really have to prewash one insert or prefold all by itself multiple times? What a waste of water right? Well if it's convenient for you then you can wash them with your towels, linens or other non-diaper laundry, or even wash in the kitchen sink a couple times.
*So what do you all think? Do you prewash your natural fibers separately or forgo all the warnings?