So I have a diapering problem and I hope you all can help me solve it.
My DD dipes stink like ammonia when she pees. She's 2 months old and the dipes are second hand. I ran them through the wash and the dishwasher and then the wash again before she wore them so I *think* I got them good and clean. We have fitted dipes and prefolds. When she pees sometimes they (the second hand fitteds especially) reek like ammonia. She has a diaper rash that won't go away-- and I don't know that poo is causing it because she really only poos once a day but the rash still persists. I think the problem is the diapers (vs yeast or anything) because of the smell.
I use Tide free and clear, and the washers don't give me an option to run an extra rinse or other regimens that I see other people do because they are public washers. So when I wash I run the dipes through a regular hot/warm cycle with the bottle's recommended amount of detergent. They look and smell clean but when she pees there's an odor and now she has a rash. Should I run them through 2x with each wash? Maybe a cycle with no detergent? I don't really love the idea of doing it 2x because of the cost. The fitted dipes don't really dry well so I already have to do two cycles when I dry them.
I was thinking I should probably switch detergents. Maybe the Tide isn't rinsing well enough. We aren't having any problems with leaks or anything. does anyone have any other ideas to what may be causing the problem? What would you do?
ETA.. I am using a diaper pail so it would be possible to soak the dipes in some sort of solution between washes. We rinse the diapers in water before we wash them now as it is.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give :)
Edited by lovelylisa - 8/16/11 at 12:28am