Welcome back! Today we are going to talk about the inside part of the diaper. This can be microfiber, cotton, bamboo and hemp just to name a few.
The most common are:
- Microfiber/Fleece: Lifespan- 2 plus years. Microfiber is a synthetic fiber made up of a blend of polyester and polyamide or nylon. These materials are bundled together to form a strand that when examined under a microscope appears in the shape of a star. Those bundles are then split into ultra-fine single fibers using a specific combination of chemicals, heat and agitation. The fibers are finally woven together to make the finished microfiber product. (18) Lifespan: 100-500 Washes 2 Years+ Translation: This stuff is going to last for a long time! The rest of the diaper will break down before the microfiber does.
- Natural Fibers- 9 months- 1 Year. There is jersey, twill, birdseye, flannel, fleece, knits, and wovens. It can withstand high temperature with little effect. Unfortunately, the nature of natural fibers is that they do break down over time. Regardless of wash routine. If you were to look at natural fabric under a microscope you will notice that even after 10 washes in plain water, the fabric starts to relax and the weave gets looser. After 100 washes, the Elmendorf tear resistance is very high.
So how do you prolong the life of your diapers when it comes to microfiber or natural fibers?
Have a LARGER stash! The more diapers in rotation, the less washing each one has to endure. Plain and simple.
Stay tuned for Part 4- where we talk about PUL!