There's been a lot of discussion lately on AppleCheeks chat boards about bleach and whether or not it is okay to use on our diapers.
Our official recommendation is a resounding NO to chlorine bleach, and we will explain why.
As we understand it (and we are not scientists so will not make any such claims), the ONLY thing that can actually kill certain viruses, such as C. Difficil, is bleach. We understand and recognize this. However, bleach is also an EXTREMELY corrosive and dangerous product and will not only prematurely degrade your diapers, but it also poses a health risk to you and your child.
However, in the case of other growths that may reside on the surface of your diapers, such as the fungi that causes yeast infections, there are other ways to treat.
This article suggests that bleach is not actually the way to kill fungus (statement from Clorox itself) and, in fact, is highly ineffective.
The assumption is that those of you who do use bleach on your AppleCheeks are doing so because you suspect yeast and have been told by a third party that this is the way to go to nip the problem in the bud. In our experience, MOST cases where yeast is suspected are not actually yeast, but more of a sensitivity to detergent, buildup, or due to the health considerations. If there is any doubt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Jeanine will be happy to troubleshoot with you.
Please do not use bleach on your AppleCheeks products. Doing so will void the warranty as it will lead to premature wear of your diapers and possible delamination of the PUL (waterproof layer). Bleach leaves a very strong residual odour and is easily detectable on covers and inserts.
• All our warranty information can be found here.
• Alternative treatments for yeast and bacteria include grapefruit seed extract, sunlight in limited quanties (read our warranty page for more information about how prolonged UV exposure can lead to delamination), and low heat.
• Information on yeast from the CDC can be found here.
• More links on the risks posed by the use of bleach:
If you have ANY questions about the care and treatment of your AppleCheeks products, please contact Customer Care. If you have links to helpful articles that will help parents understand the nature of any rash they suspect to be yeast, or which suggest more alternate solutions for treatment that do not include harsh chemicals, please feel free to post them in the comments below!