There are many opinions about diaper washing, and many people have developed additional steps and routines based on their individual needs. Here is a simple routine that has worked for us. We recommend starting simple and adjust only if necessary for your baby or water-type.
Another issue frequently brought up in cloth diapering circles is exposure. According to a article, entitled "The Joy of Cloth Diapers" "Dioxin, which in various forms has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin diseases, is a by-product of the paper-bleaching process used in manufacturing disposable diapers, and trace quantities may exist in the diapers themselves."
PHEW. That was a long intro to cloth diapering. And we still have a ways to go. The next installation will talk about how we wash them, the system we use for storing & overnight diapers. So come back!
Speaking as someone who lost around $200 trying to use cloth diapers with our first child, my (unsolicited) advice is to buy a couple of cloth diapers and covers before you commit. I wish someone would have suggested this to me.