Um from what my mom told me (I considered using cloth), you swish it in the toilet to get the poop off before you wash it. You could also put it in a closed bucket full of watered down bleach.
My mom bought some for me for my babyshower and she said to take them outside and spray them off with a water hose to knock off excessive feces then throw them in the washer with bleach and detergent .... she said to wash diapers 3 times a week so the odor don't get too bad.
I was wondering the same thing since my moms getting me some! Any more ideas??
I used disposable diapers but I'm sure there are tips you could Google. Maybe even some tips on pintrest.
Prefolds are kinda "old school" but they still do the job - new covers make it a lot easier to do than the rubber pants moms used to use. Check out Flips, Thirsties, Bummis - they all are great covers. You don't have to use pins anymore either, they scared me and I just couldn't use them, Snappis and Boingos are awesome alternatives to check out.
As for the poop - it goes in the toilet, NOT in the back yard... gross! Even with disposable diapers you're supposed to dump the poop in the toilet - it says so right on the packaging! I simply swish my cloth diapers in the toilet and scrub them out by hand but lots of people find it much easier to invest in a diaper sprayer - it hooks right into your toilet plumbing with a very easy installation and sprays all the poop right off so your hands don't get quite so dirty. Make sure you get a wet bag or two to store the dirty diapers in between washes - Fuzzibunz makes a great hanging wet bag with an elasticized opening - it stays open but keeps the smell inside.
A couple more hints - don't use detergents containing fabric softener or brighteners, they decrease the absorbency of the cloth. No dryer sheets either - same result. Don't use more detergent than you would use on a load of clothes the same size - it can build up in the cloth and cause rashes if you use too much.
You can save TONS of money using cloth instead of disposables. There's a learning curve but you can definitely make it work. Good luck!