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The dreaded mold in the diaper pail happened to me - what to do now?

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So I guess we weren't washing as often as we needed, and ended up with a pair of really gross trainers in the diaper pail that started to grow mold.  Yuck!  I washed like normal, with a bit of bleach, and extra rinses.  And then did it again (for the whole load - though I think this was all that was affected, to be honest).  

 

They're mainly cotton (imse vimse trainers) - and they still stink, badly.  And yes, I'd like to see whether I can get them in useable shape.  I don't really care about staining (it's minor anyway) - I do care about the stink and I don't want to feel like I'm putting something gross on the kiddo, ya know?  

 

 

 

Your suggestions for soaking, sunning, boiling, other cleaners, or anything else?  Anything that worked best if you ended up in the same predicament?

post #2 of 5

Bumping this up for attention. Anyone have experiences and suggestions to share?
 

post #3 of 5

We did sunning and soaking in Oxyclean for some hand-me-down diapers and it worked well.

post #4 of 5

I had that happen a few times because I was working like 12-18hr days and my ex was useless (why he's the ex!) so i'd often go 3-4 days between washes. I generally didn't have a problem with mold unless DS was on antibiotics....both DSs were prone to ear infections so it happened fairly often when they were little.

I either had to wash right away when they were on ABX, or at one point when I wasn't feeling well and working crazier hours would cave and break out some sposies that week. lol.

 

Pockets were generally ok, but anything natural like hemp or OBV or cotton eventually the mold would EAT through the fabric, or cause weak points that would get holey shortly thereafter :(

 

sunning etc will help, but I generally washed on cold with some tide, then did a hot wash with some sportswash (find in sporting good section of walmart. used to descent hunters clothing), then atleast one more hot wash with no soap.

 

I found that no matter how much I washed them they would smell a bit funky for the next few washes....so i'd just wash them until they were bearable ;)

post #5 of 5

Is it something that could be boiled?

 

I haven't had this problem personally but thing that come to mind are vinegar, maybe soak overnight in a strong mix. Tea tree oil, or RLR. I know folk use RLR  when they have had things sit and get really gross. 

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