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Which cloth diaper is more durable: cotton or bamboo?

Cotton is more durable, definitely. It actually gains strength when it’s wet, whereas bamboo loses strength when it’s wet. So if you're washing diapers often (and yes, yes you are!), then the cotton ones will last an awful lot longer. Cotton is also more abrasion-resistant than bamboo, and altogether tougher. This is because it has not been subjected to as much processing and chemicals as bamboo has, leaving the individual fibres long, strong, and durable. A cloth diaper can abrade (rub) against many things, so abrasion-resistance and durability are important for the longevity of diaper. A cotton cloth diaper will fare much better if you or or baby do any of the following high-abrasion activities: your baby goes coverless often your...

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Do cloth diapers have anti-microbial properties?

Cloth diapers get wet, are often humid (though less so with our Venties AirCovers) thus creating a perfect environment for micro-organisms to grow. These microorganisms can cause rashes, bad lingering odors, and fabric deterioration. Through proper washing and frequent changing, the microbes can be mitigated, but did you know there was another way to reduce the growth of bacteria? It is through the cloth diaper fabric itself. In this post, we'll look into the anti-microbial properties of cloth diapers. Do cotton or bamboo cloth diapers have anti-microbial properties? It looks like cotton does not have innate antimicrobial properties though it can be treated with various chemicals to make it antimicrobial.   Same thing goes for bamboo fabric, although the bamboo plant has...

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Which absorbs more: cotton or bamboo cloth diapers?

Cloth diapers need to absorb a lot of liquid so it's important to know which type of fabric is going to absorb the best. Which absorbs liquid better: cotton diapers or bamboo diapers? It was hard to find an answer to the question of whether cotton or bamboo absorbs more. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence floating around on the Internet, and many YouTube videos with questionable methodologies.  Using my own logic and rudimentary knowledge of these two fabrics, it seems to me that cotton and bamboo should be very similar in absorbency, given that they  are both cellulose. However, there's a lot to fibre science that I don't know so I didn't want to leave it at that... I...

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