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Tip #18 - {The Scoop on Microfiber}
Tuesday , 27 November 2012 , 05 : 26 PM
Most cloth diaperers will run across microfiber at some point, especially pocket users since almost every pocket diaper will come with a microfiber insert. But what is microfiber? Why is it used so often and what are the benefits/downsides?

Microfiber is a synthetic material composed primarily from polyester. 

Pro’s - it’s super absorbent – it can hold up to 8 times its weight in liquid! It is light and thin, dries quickly, and is inexpensive. 
Con’s – liquid can be compressed and cause leaks, it’s very absorbent but can’t go against baby’s skin directly because of this, and over time it can hold on to smells and wear. 

What does all of that mean for you? It means microfiber is great, especially since microfiber is what comes with almost all pocket diapers, but it does have its downsides. Namely that compression leaks are common and it doesn’t last forever. As a synthetic material, it does wear and it can retain funk smells. Since it is inexpensive, though, replacing the inserts is a fairly easy option if need be.

Do you use microfiber in your diapers? What do you love/hate about it??