It’s one word that can strike fear into the heart of any parent. We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of reinfections and constant cycles of treatment…
But let’s get a little real for a minute.
The nightmares we read about online and hear from other parents are sometimes a little exaggerated. Kind of like ‘the fish was **THIS** big’ stories that fishermen sometimes tell. ;)
If you handle this the right way the first time, you shouldn’t have an unending cycle of yeast infections on your baby.
It’s important to know if the rash you are dealing with is really yeast in the first place. Other rashes often look similar and can be misdiagnosed as yeast. Consult this post for descriptions of a few common baby rashes and see if your little one’s rash looks anything like one described. If you can’t figure out what a rash is or it isn’t clearing up, call your pediatrician.
If you are looking for more information on treating yeast on your baby, you should check this out: Killing the Dreaded Yeast Monster.
How to get rid of the yeast on cloth diapers:
You need to decide if you are going to continue to use your cloth diapers or go with disposables during treatment.
- If you use disposable diapers, you only need to treat the cloth diapers once.
- If you choose to stay in cloth, be sure you are using a liner with the treatment cream if it’s a prescription or not otherwise CD safe. A cut up t-shirt will work as a liner. You can also purchase a disposable liner that is something like this. You will have to treat cloth diapers each time they are washed while treating the yeast on your baby. Depending how often you are washing and how long the treatment lasts, this could be 2-3 times. Continue to treat diapers for at least 1 week after yeast rash has completely healed to prevent a recurrence.
Every family’s needs are different and either way will work. Go with what works best for you and your family. There is no wrong answer here.
How to treat your cloth diapers with bleach
Make sure your cloth diapers are washed before proceeding to step 1. Bleach soaks should not be done on soiled diapers.
Step 1: I recommend using warm or hot water (although cold will work.) You may have read that bleach disinfection must only be done in cold water. That is not the case as it will work in any water temp. Click here for further documentation on this. Dilute your bleach in the water FIRST before adding your cloth diapers. Be careful to not splash the bleach.
Step 2: Soak for 15 minutes. Longer soak times are unnecessary and can cause premature wear to your diapers.
Step 3: Rinse diapers until bleach odor is gone. You can do this with hot rinses in the washing machine or in your tub under the facet. You may have to rinse a few times to get the odor completely out.
Here are the dilution ratios:Top Loader (Non-HE): Small- 1/3 cup, Medium – 1/2 cup, Large/XL- 3/4 cupTop loader (HE) Small- 1/4 cup, Medium- 1/3 cup, Large- 1/2 cupRegular Bathtub 1/4/ full – 1/4 cup, 1/2 full- 1/2 cupGarden Bathtub 1/4 full – 1/2 cupBucket: 1 Tablespoon per gallon of waterTip: Wear gloves if soaking or rinsing in a tub, sink or bucket. Make sure all items are fully submerged in bleach water. Agitate the diapers around gently before soaking to make sure everything is wet and mixed in properly.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: synthesized from the seeds and pulp of the grapefruit, it’s a very broad spectrum microbicide, bactericide, fungicide, antiparasitic, and anti-viral.
It is expensive, so the other options on here are far more economical for other disinfecting, but when it comes to yeast – this is the single most effective way to stop it in its tracks on your clothing and cloth diapers. You can buy it at your local health food store or on Amazon.
This is not a natural alternative. There are limited studies, but the existing ones point to the preservatives in GSE and not the actual GSE being the disinfectant. So I will say that this is an effective option, but not a natural one. GSE will not fade non-colorfast knit and cotton fabrics making it a good alternative to bleach.
For more evidence of GSE as a disinfecting agent, please see:
How to disinfect using Grapefruit Seed Extract
For disinfecting: 2 tablespoons of GSE for up to a large load of laundry. This may be added right to the main wash cycle with whatever detergent you are using. Wash and dry normally.
Hydrogen Peroxide: This is a liquid oxygen bleach and breaks down into water and oxygen.
Use a 3 % solution (what is normally available at most drugstores)
Be aware that hydrogen peroxide can damage fabrics the same way bleach can, so test for colorfastness and never pour directly on your clothes or cloth diapers.
**If you can’t use bleach or GSE due to sensitivities, you can also use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. Please go here for more details and directions.**
I’d love to hear from you! Has your child ever had a yeast infection? How did you effectively treat it?