Hi, I'm looking for help with a rash problem, which i was hoping was gone forever but has instead moved on to a new kid! Our 3 1/2 yr old, now using the potty :), had horrible diaper rashes that would result in open, sometimes bleeding, sores from the time he was an infant until he moved out of diapers last year. We tried everything - pockets, liners, a multitude of detergents, baking soda in the wash and vinegar in the rinse, Bac-Out. Every time, the rash would clear for a week, or a couple weeks if we were lucky, and then come back. The only thing that worked was using diapers cleaned by a diaper service. It happened that we moved for 6 months towards the end of his diapering from Missouri to Ohio. In OH, the service was fairly new and their diapers caused the exact same rash we had had from home washing back in MO. Weirdly, in OH, we could wash at home with Rockin' Green, baking soda in the wash, and vinegar in the rinse without any rashes. After a lot research, we figured out alkalinity was to blame, at least in OH.
Now we're back in MO and have a new baby. I loved the service but would like to wash at home if i can. I rented some newborn diapers to test things out hoping that her skin would be less prone to rashes, and all went well until they had been through the wash at my house. New baby's 2 weeks old, and she's got a rash that looks a lot like the early stages of the one my son kept getting.
The only thing I never did, which i know the MO service does do, was add chlorine bleach. I tried to stick with Bac-Out and the sun for disinfecting. Chlorine was also the major difference between the water in MO and OH. So, I'm wondering, do you use bleach? If so, how much, how often, and why?