microfiber inserts

Last week we discussed differences in fabric density when dealing with absorbency. This week I am going to expand a little on microfiber and its uses, and pros/cons. Microfiber is a synthetic material, usually your free inserts with pocket diapers, and used for many AIOS in the internal soaker. As we said last week, very “quickly” absorbent, great for fast wetters and catching heavy wetters, overall on the absorbency scale not the most dense. This means for most babies as they get older you will need a denser fabric paired with your microfiber to hold their wetness. Microfiber should not be placed directly against your baby’s skin. Because it is so quick to catch wetness, placed against a baby’s genital skin can create the potential for adhering to their skin, but underneath a flannel or fleece liner it is fine. As microfiber gets older/more washes, the fabric will lay down flatter, it won’t seem to “catch” your skin as much if you are stuffing pockets and this skin-adhesion warning isn’t as strong, but new microfiber should be used with a liner. Microfiber can be laid under fitteds, between the fitted and cover, if you have some extras laying around it can boost absorbency this way. Also, if you use prefolds, lay a microfiber insert in the middle with a liner on top, then flip the top half over their belly button and wrap your prefold around, a cheap and easy way to catch more urine quickly. Two microfibers can be used easily in pockets, if you use very trim fitting pockets (bumgenius, oh katy for example), once you get past the wetting needs of two you will usually find you need to switch one out for a denser fabric, like a hemp insert. Overstuffing your pockets can lead to gaps in the legs, you will see the diaper stand away from the skin, causing leaks when the baby rolls on their side or is held on the side, so watch how you are stuffing the diaper. Old or extra microfiber inserts make excellent cleaning rags, on your swiffer or attached to a mop to reach ceiling fans, they hold up incredibly well over time and multiple bleachings, truly you can bleach microfiber inserts constantly and they really don’t show much wear and tear from it. The nature of microfiber inserts makes them pretty easy to tell if you have detergent buildup, they get an almost slick feel to them, and you can see the fabric laying very flat. Smaller microfiber inserts can still be used in diapers, just put them in the middle of the diaper when stuffing/laying in diapers with a liner, they will still “catch” urine to pass through to the denser, more absorbent fabrics underneath. Next week we chat about prefolds and cotton 🙂


October 21, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter, Q & A.


  1. Amber replied:

    I’m confused. Is bleaching ok for microfiber if they’re being used in diapers or only once they’ve been retired to cleaning/Swiffer duty? I have older microfiber inserts that are looking stained, but I always avoid bleach like the plague for anything diaper related. Now I’m wondering if it would be ok to just bleach the darn things so they don’t look so sad!

  2. abbydale replied:

    Microfiber can be bleached frequently without showing a lot of wear, it is fine to bleach them 🙂

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  4. Brand Cloth Diapering | Today's Legacy replied:

    […] Microfiber (MF)= cheapest in cost, absorbs instantly unless repelling (detergent build-up due to not washing with cloth diaper safe detergent), holds up same as other materials. Quick absorbing. Debate of whether can go directly against child’s skin. I’ve put it against Abi’s sensitive skin and had no issues, but these have been washed MANY times before. There are some reviews that say MF should never be put against baby’s skin and results in hive-like spots of diaper rash. Your call. You can use a fleece barrier if you are using an insert alone in a cover. Can bleach if needed to keep white (though some argue against the sheer “harshness” of the bleach product in general, it is infrequently in reference to it being harsh to fabrics, but to sensitive skins – these people also tend to be the “all organics” people). […]

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