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Here's my Stinky Diaper Solution

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• Toss those stinky diapers right back into the washing machine!
• Wash them through several washing cycles with NOTHING added, till the water runs clear - no bubbles. No need to dry between cycles.
• Dry your diapers - outside in the sun if at all possible... all day long is good!
• If they smell wonderful again, then simply follow the Let's Keep It That Way! washing method below next time you wash your diapers.

Diapers still stink?? Or stink when baby pees in them?

• Load those stinky diapers back into the washing machine, set to PRE-SOAK and leave the diapers to soak in 1 full cup of baking soda and COLD water for 2-3 hours, even overnight if you can. If you don't have a pre-soak setting on your washer, set to the shortest cycle and simply leave the lid up, it won't begin to agitate.
• Close the lid, and let the rest of the Pre-soak cycle run through, and start a fresh wash on the longest cycle, with HOT water, at least 140 degrees F. If you can't change the setting on your hot water heater, boil some water on the stove, and add. Watch out for little ones, if you do this!
• Add just 1/8 to 1/4 cup of your normal detergent, and set your machine to COLD rinse.
You can try adding Oxygen bleach, or Hydrox II. It will not damage the diaper fibres, but will help dis-infect the diapers.
• Dry your diapers - outside in the sun if at all possible... all day long is good!

Let's Keep It That Way! washing method:

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• Wash your diapers every 2-3 days. Rinse poopy diapers before storing, if possible, or use diaper liners.
• If soaking diapers, change the water every day, and rinse the diapers out before starting your wash-load.
• Make sure to separate out your diaper covers, and wash separately with baby's laundry on warm. Many of the products used to clean diapers can affect the waterproofness of your diaper covers - such as bleach, borax, or vinegar.
• Load the diapers into the washer, making sure that every diaper is unrolled. Give it a good shake to be sure!
• Set your machine to Pre-soak, with COLD water. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda. No detergent or soap in this cycle!
Let the cycle run through.
• Set your machine to the longest cycle, with HOT wash, COLD rinse. Add just 1/4 cup of your detergent - or at least 1/4 of the recommended amount on the packaging.
• If you want to use vinegar in your rinse, use no more than 1/2 cup, and run through one more rinse cycle of just clear water.
• Dry diapers thoroughly in the dryer, or hang to dry in the sun.

Now, doesn't that smell much better!

Hope that helps! Write again to catherine@borntolove.com if you have a diapering question you would like answered.

P.S. Here are some other articles that might interest you:

Why are my cloth diapers and covers stinky?

How Do I Wash Cloth Diapers?

Frugal Diaper Washing


This article compliments of Born to Love.


The Diaper Facts column:
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Cloth Diapering With A Diaper Service
How Do I Wash Cloth Diapers?
Expensive to Wash Cloth Diapers?
The STINK on Stinky Diapers
Why are my cloth diapers and covers stinky?
Here's my Stinky Diaper Solution!
Why are my cloth diapers and/or diaper covers leaking?!?
How Do I Make My Diaper Covers Last?

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Frugal Diaper Washing
Frugal Diapering
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Environmental Concerns - What Do They Mean For You and Your Baby?
Environmental Concerns II - Looking at Both Sides of the Issue

 

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