Start a Diaper Service

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“How to Start a Diaper Service” Kit

Diaper Service Start-up and Operation Guidelines is the how-to guide that so many have been waiting for. This kit has been created from the collective knowledge of the Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA)’s diaper service members who operate services of varying sizes that have been in business only a few years up to 40+ years. All diaper services share the same goal for a consistent outcome: sanitary diapers.

Note: After reading this how-to guide, you have the option to be added to the Real Diaper Industry Association’s Diaper Service Support Group on Facebook. Normally a members-only page, the RDIA recognizes that your success increases the mission of the organization, so you’ll be added to the group for 6 months. After six months you can continue in the group after obtaining your business license and becoming a full-time member of the Real Diaper Industry Association.

What Is in the Kit?

The kit comes in a 3-ring binder with 111 pages full of information. It consists of 49 pages of details and 62 pages of appendices:

  • Introduction
  • Historical Data
  • Before You Start
  • Laundry
  • Operations
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Products & Suppliers
  • Useful Links
  • Appendix I: RDIA Membership
  • Appendix II: “A Tale of Two Diapers,” Peggy O’Mara
  • Appendix III: OSHA Guidelines
  • Appendix IV: Standards for Accrediting Diaper Services
  • Appendix V: Modern Diaper Laundry
Diaper Service Start-up and Operation Guidelines

Cloth Diaper Service Laundry Best Practice

The most important element to running a successful cloth diaper service is laundry. The “How to Start a Diaper Service” Kit focuses on laundry best practice. Remember the WATCH formula:
Cloth Diaper Service Laundry Best Practice

  • Water (quality and volume)
  • mechanical Action
  • processing Time
  • cleansing agents or Chemicals
  • temperature or Heat

The article “Modern Diaper Laundry,” included with every Diaper Service Kit, is essential reading for any diaper service operator concerned about the specific steps necessary to provide sanitary diapers to their customers.

RDIA Diaper Service Support Group on Facebook

After purchasing your kit, you will be sent a link to the closed Facebook group. You may participate in the Support Group for 6 months after your purchase. Local laws, water quality, and the funding you have available are a number of factors in making your dream come true. Other diaper service owners are generous in sharing their knowledge about these factors and in answering your questions.

Once you join the group, you will be able to ask questions like:


Do I have to count the diapers?
Do I need to buy commercial washing machines?
What is a good price to pay if I’m contracting out the washing?

We believe that you’ll find this additional benefit in purchasing the kit helpful, and we hope your membership in RDIA will lead to a long and healthy business.

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