A baby’s arrival in the family is a joyous occasion, marked with a ton of changes – and one change, as new parents are quick to discover, is the amount of laundry you’ll be going through. Whether you’ve made the conscious decision to use cloth diapers along with or in place of disposables, or are exclusively using disposable diapers, your laundry loads will increase regardless, from all those drooled-over bibs, peed-on blankets and soiled clothes of both you and your baby. And this can be a bit of a problem if you’re living in an apartment complex with a shared on-site laundry – you might be hesitant to hog the washers down there, or not be up to the tests of patience of waiting for one of your neighbors to get their load out of the washer or coming in to get your clothes to find them stacked, still wet, on top of some questionably clean surface. And if you have to look forward to multiple loads, as inevitable when there’s an infant in the home, lugging it all up and down your building can be more than a chore.
Laundry-room horror stories aside, there’s also the question of how hygienic this is – if any of your neighbors own pets, there’s a strong likelihood that pet hair is inevitably going to get everywhere, especially if they wash cleaning rags and mop heads used in their homes in the shared laundry. Worse still is if you don’t have an on-site laundry – dragging all your messy cloth diapers to a local laundromat isn’t exactly an attractive prospect. Portable washers are the way to go – compact and space-saving, but with enough capacity to give your clothes a thorough clean right in the comfort of your home, here are our picks for the best portable washers for cloth diapers.
Haier HLP21N Pulsator Portable Washer
This small device packs a big punch – capable of handling loads of up to 6 pounds, this 1 cubic foot stainless steel washer slides into place on its heavy-duty caster wheels, running smoothly and silently and capable of handling anything from cloth diapers and tiny baby clothes to jeans and queen-sized sheets without difficulty. The wheels are fitted with brakes to give your machine the right stability, sturdy enough to not budge despite its compact construct and the amount of laundry it can get done in a single cycle.
The machine features three water levels and wash cycles, as well as a spin cycle of 700 RPM, and is fitted with dispensers for liquid detergent and bleach. The quick connect sink adapter makes it easy business to hook the unit up to a faucet in your home and have it running in minutes, with fill and drain hoses included with the washer. Intuitively designed, the top-loading unit features electronic controls, light indicators and beep signals to let you know a cycle has ended.
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The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Washing Machine
The Wonderwash is rather aptly named – everything from its unique design (reminiscent of a cement mixer – or is that just us?) to its functionality sets it apart from typical portable washing machines. The first and most notable difference between this unit and the rest of the entries on this list is that it does not require electricity – it’s manually operated. This makes the unit a brilliant solution for those situations where we’re going on holiday or are on the road, and find ourselves running out of disposable diapers and facing a building pile of soiled cloth ones.
The portability and space-saving design means it can be used anywhere and at any time, the hand-crank operated machine handling loads of 5 pounds at a go while saving 90% more water and detergent compared to electronic alternatives. Just a minute or two of cranking up the machine, and you’ll have a freshly laundered, squeaky clean load of cloth diapers and baby clothes (not to mention your jeans, underwear and sheets) without worrying about electricity bills and water wasted. The top-loading machine comes with a snap-open lid that is easy to flick open and secure shut, the machine as a whole sturdy enough to last you several years of manual laundry washing. The ingenious design of this budget friendly unit makes it not just a lifesaver when you’re on the go without access to a laundromat or washing machine, but is the perfect heavy-duty space saver for a smaller-sized apartment.
Best Choice Products SKY 2767 Portable Washing Machine
If you don’t have access to a dryer or sufficient space to hang your laundered clothes to dry – or simply need an emergency load of cloth diapers ASAP – this washer-dryer combo is the answer to your prayers. This twin tub unit is still as high capacity and versatile as it is space saving – the 24-pound, lightweight machine measures 23” x 13.5” x 26”, small enough to fit in comfortably anywhere from an RV to a dorm room and perfect for a smallish apartment.
The washer has a capacity of 8 pounds, with a dryer spin cycle capacity of 5 pounds – you can get through a ton of laundry at a go, using both the washer and dryer simultaneously or dumping your freshly laundered cloth diapers straight into the dryer to have them toasty warm and ready to use within just 5 minutes. Constructed out of durable plastic, the washer-dryer comes with inlet and hose to fill and drain water, with a top-loading system you can also use to pour water directly into the bucket.
Panda PAN615SG Compact Portable Washer with Spinner
Get tons of laundry done in a go with this compact washer-dryer combo – the 37-pound unit is light enough to let you move it by yourself when it’s empty, yet with enough capacity to let you do 15 pounds of laundry in a go, with an 8 pound spin cycle drying capacity on the side. You can get through not just diapers but the entire household’s laundry with ease, without having to undergo multiple trips and waiting sessions at your flat’s on-site laundry or the nearest laundromat. The unit is equipped with a 43-inch inlet hose, and a 54-inch drain hose.
- Haier: https://www.haieramerica.com/
- Apartment Therapy:
- Baby Center: https://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-wash-cloth-diapers_10363797.bc
- Kelly’s Closet: http://www.kellyscloset.com/How-to-Wash-Your-Cloth-Diapers-And-Tips-For-Prepping_ep_215-1.html