FLEECE: Some types of fleece are water resistant, and can be used for covers in cloth diapering. Fleece is thicker than PUL, but breaths like wool and can be machine washed/dried. I don’t really use fleece at all for my diapering, but many love it as it is also very inexpensive and easy to sew with, so you can make your own for very little money.
Changing cloth is really easy. If it’s wet, just throw it in a pail or wetbag (we’re going to go over wetbags on Wednsday. Real fast, they are bags usually made of PUL for storing your dirty cloth). If it’s, uh, soiled you can either dump it right in the toilet, or we have a diaper sprayer and just spray the mess into the toilet, then throw the cloth in the wetbag.
Cloth Diapers do require special washing. Don’t just throw them in with your regular laundry. They need VERY little detergent, and too much (the regular amount you’d use for your clothing) will compromise their absorbency and lead to ammonia buildup, stink, leaks and rashes. I have been using regular old Dawn dish detergent, original blue, for a few years now and have no plans of ever using anything else on my diapers. I used some various natural detergents, even those marketed directly for cloth diapering and we had some pretty serious rashes. Others swear by them, but Dawn is my tried and true soap for diapers. Avoid bleach and/or OxyClean in washing diapers. It will wear out the cloth faster and can also affect absorbency.