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Stinky diaper help

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Elliott's dipes smell bad, but only after he pees.  They come out of the wash smelling just fine, but when he pees, they smell like ammonia or cat pee sooooo bad.  This was only a problem with his Kissaluv dipes.  Just in the last week I noticed it with his prefolds too.  So I went online and found the recommendation to strip them. 

 

So yesterday I washed all the dipes as usual with an extra rinse.  Then I did a wash with some dish detergent, then washed again and then rinsed two more times.  Then I hung them outside to dry.  The smell is WORSE.  Even though they smelled very clean off the line, the prefold I just changed smelled as bad as the Kissaluvs usually did.

 

So what's my next step?  Vinegar?

 

I had been using Sensi-Clean detergent, but now use Charlie's.  My washer only has these settings: hot/cold, warm/cold, warm/warm, and cold/cold.  I have always just washed them on hot/cold with an extra rinse and hung them outside.  No problems. 

 

Help!  Elliott's butt smells like cat pee!!!

post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hmmm...

 

I just found something on Bummis' website that said if the diapers smell clean when they come out of the wash, but stink when the baby pees, it's a urine residue.  It said the cause if not using enough detergent and/or enough water and the pee just gets circulated in the wash.  The treatment was several washes on hot with lots of water. 

 

Guess I'll try that today.  I'll do 1/2 a load so the washer isn't full and I'll use lots of water.  I hope it works!

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by SoonToBe View Post

So yesterday I washed all the dipes as usual with an extra rinse.  Then I did a wash with some dish detergent, then washed again and then rinsed two more times.  Then I hung them outside to dry.  


Did you peek inside during the rinse to make sure there were no more bubbles?  It can take 4 or 5 or more rinses to get the Dawn out.

 

Here, this is the resource I've used in the past:

 

http://www.zany-zebra.com/stripping-cloth-diapers.shtml

 

post #4 of 14

I have had that issue in the past.  It's so awful!  I finally found a wash routine that works perfectly every time.

 

My washer has a pre-wash cycle...just a super mini wash cycle.  I do two of those with no detergent.  First one on cold, second one on hot.  This gets all the organic matter out before the main wash cycle.  Then I do the longest wash cycle my washer has...14 min...on hot/cold using about 2 Tbsp of Planet Ultra liquid detergent.  I end with a second rinse cycle in cold. 

 

About once every few months (or when I think of it), I strip using RLR.  Also, about once a week I add a couple Tbsp of OxyClean powder to the main wash cycle.  I wash diapers ever other day on average.

post #5 of 14

If the hot washes don't work, bleach those suckers.

 

I know that a lot of mamas don't like bleach for diapers.  I do.  I haven't found that it breaks anything down.  My prefolds are still kicking just fine thanks!  But I washed and sunned and scrubbed and and and...  Bleach works.  It gets rid of yeast.  It gets rid of stink.  It has even gotten rid of some of DS's rashes, truth be told.  It seems like I do it probably every 2 or three months, whenever I notice there's a problem that a few extra washes doesn't seem to fix.  I wouldn't use it every day or every wash, but I've got no problem throwing it in every once in a while if a problem presents.  I use half the amount called for, make sure to put it in after the diapers have had a chance to agitate for a few minutes, and then do a couple of wash/rinse cycles with just water to get them rinsed as completely as possible.  They always come out of the dryer after that smelling like nothing but clean cotton (or microfleece).  Ahhhh.

post #6 of 14

Bleaching my diapers today.. its a last ditch effort.  (is the expression last ditch or last stitch? lol)

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Italiamom View Post

If the hot washes don't work, bleach those suckers.

 

I know that a lot of mamas don't like bleach for diapers.  I do.  I haven't found that it breaks anything down.  My prefolds are still kicking just fine thanks!  But I washed and sunned and scrubbed and and and...  Bleach works.  It gets rid of yeast.  It gets rid of stink.  It has even gotten rid of some of DS's rashes, truth be told.  It seems like I do it probably every 2 or three months, whenever I notice there's a problem that a few extra washes doesn't seem to fix.  I wouldn't use it every day or every wash, but I've got no problem throwing it in every once in a while if a problem presents.  I use half the amount called for, make sure to put it in after the diapers have had a chance to agitate for a few minutes, and then do a couple of wash/rinse cycles with just water to get them rinsed as completely as possible.  They always come out of the dryer after that smelling like nothing but clean cotton (or microfleece).  Ahhhh.

 

Would you only do this for prefolds?  Would you feel differently/advise against doing it with BG 4.0's?  2whistle.gif
 

 

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes View Post

 

Would you only do this for prefolds?  Would you feel differently/advise against doing it with BG 4.0's?  2whistle.gif
 

 



I wouldn't use bleach with anything meant to be waterproof, i.e. PUL. What I've read is that it breaks it down too much.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes View Post

 

Would you only do this for prefolds?  Would you feel differently/advise against doing it with BG 4.0's?  2whistle.gif


And I quote, directly from Bum Genius' FAQ page - "Once per month, use up to 1/4 cup bleach in the hot wash cycle (step 3) to sanitize diapers and fight odors."

 

The only reason I got rid of my BGs is because I kept having to strip them.  Toddler pee is NOT kind on BGs, let me tell ya!!  I bleached mine dozens of times over 2 years of heavy use (with more than 1/4 cup), and only ever had a problem with the PUL on one of them (I owned 18).  The inserts are damn near impossible to rinse.  But I would absolutely say that it's fine to bleach stubborn BGs.  In my experience, no amount of rinsing, sunning, or Calgon could remove the stink from those diapers.  The bleach barely did it.  If I didn't keep up on it every month...  EEEWIE!

 

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by kylaskye View Post



I wouldn't use bleach with anything meant to be waterproof, i.e. PUL. What I've read is that it breaks it down too much.



Noted!



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Originally Posted by Italiamom View Post


And I quote, directly from Bum Genius' FAQ page - "Once per month, use up to 1/4 cup bleach in the hot wash cycle (step 3) to sanitize diapers and fight odors."

 

The only reason I got rid of my BGs is because I kept having to strip them.  Toddler pee is NOT kind on BGs, let me tell ya!!  I bleached mine dozens of times over 2 years of heavy use (with more than 1/4 cup), and only ever had a problem with the PUL on one of them (I owned 18).  The inserts are damn near impossible to rinse.  But I would absolutely say that it's fine to bleach stubborn BGs.  In my experience, no amount of rinsing, sunning, or Calgon could remove the stink from those diapers.  The bleach barely did it.  If I didn't keep up on it every month...  EEEWIE!

 



Totally, totally sucks.  Bah humbug!

 

FWIW my dipes are fresh right now, b/c I did everything I could and then just put them away in a drawer, saying I'd get to them in a few months and try again.  I'm afraid to use them though. I can't let them air out for a month everytime I use them!

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes View Post

FWIW my dipes are fresh right now, b/c I did everything I could and then just put them away in a drawer, saying I'd get to them in a few months and try again.  I'm afraid to use them though. I can't let them air out for a month everytime I use them!


They'll stink as soon as you use them unless you bleach.  Be a rogue!  Use the bleach!!  A diaper with a shorter shelf life that you actually use is better than a pristine diaper that never gets used orngbiggrin.gif

 

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Italiamom View Post


They'll stink as soon as you use them unless you bleach.  Be a rogue!  Use the bleach!!  A diaper with a shorter shelf life that you actually use is better than a pristine diaper that never gets used orngbiggrin.gif

 



So true! I bleach all of my inserts. Nothing works as well as bleach.

post #13 of 14
We have really hard water and I have to bleach inserts every few months. For the cotton/colored dipes I strip with dawn almost every other wash, and was rinsing like a crazy lady (seriously takes FOREVER in a front loader!) I finally switched to regular old tide powder from the biokleen i'd used for years and BAM all residue/smell/buildup was gone. instantly. ANd has not returned in over a month. Doesn't seem to irritate him if I put it on an extra rinse cycle either.
post #14 of 14

Jill, were you using the Tide on any pockets at all?  Or just prefolds/cotton dipes?  I've always wondered what would happen if I had the courage to try washing my pockets with regular detergent...

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