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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
I know I read a thread about this before, but this forum moves fast!

I am having a smell issue with my diapers. They smell kind of poopy when they are done being washed. What can I do to fix this? I am doing a cold soak beforehand and then doing the "Sanitary" cycle on my HE front-loader. One night, I even washed them about 3x and it still was there. I use HE detergent (fragrance-free, Kirkland brand from Costco).

Help!
post #2 of 42
It sounds like you may need to strip them. Or you can try doing your regular cold rinse, regular wash cycle on cold/hot with a tiny bit of detergent or baking soda, and throw some vinegar in the rinse cycle. I have a top loader so, I 'm not sure how you can do it with the front loader.
But the vinegar really helps with smells and sanitizing.

Stripping them, if they have been used a lot should get rid of any smells too.
post #3 of 42
Thread Starter 
I haven't been CDing very long, so I don't know that I need to strip them. (What does that entail, btw?)

I will try the baking soda/vinegar thing, thank you!!

Also, would line drying them outside help? I haven't done that yet. I need to get a clothesline set up out there.
post #4 of 42
We're having stink issues right now so I'm gonna be up all night stripping.

Just lots and lots of rinses. You've got yourself a build up and rinsing is the best way to get rid of that. Hot rinses if you can, until you no longer see any suds.

I don't know what detergent to recommend using after you strip them b/c you have a front loader but maybe someone will know?
post #5 of 42
I'll differ in my experience Poo smell especially right after washing means too little detergent (amonia smell too much) I''d actuall try washing with a bit more detergent then rinseing well.
post #6 of 42
nak
we've been dealing with the exact same issue here--what it is is a bacteria issue. what's your water like? the theory on our situation from the great folks at charlie's soap is that certain minerals (mostly calcium) in our water is building up, creating little "coral reefs" in the fabric of the diapers. bacteria are trapped inside, as the detergent molecules are too large to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

the recommendation i was given is to treat the diapers for the mineral deposits with clr or a similar substance, and to also disinfect the diapers. i haven't been able to get to the store for the clr yet, so i went ahead and used a tiny bit of bleach : on everything to clear it up and start from scratch. for the first time in a long time the diapers came out smelling fresh!

they also recommended using peroxide or some other oxygen bleach regularly in the first wash cycle of each diaper load to help disinfect. i have since bought some to try on our diapers.

if you don't think mineral buildup is your issue, maybe try using more detergent with some oxygen bleach for now. line drying in hot sun will theoretically also help disinfect, although i thought a hot dryer served the same purpose, and that never helped our stink.

i'm pretty positive that the smell you describe is due to bacteria, not detergent buildup.

hth! good luck.
post #7 of 42
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Originally Posted by acupuncturemomma View Post
nak
we've been dealing with the exact same issue here--what it is is a bacteria issue. what's your water like? the theory on our situation from the great folks at charlie's soap is that certain minerals (mostly calcium) in our water is building up, creating little "coral reefs" in the fabric of the diapers. bacteria are trapped inside, as the detergent molecules are too large to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

That is so interesting and makes great sense. I had semi-hard well water and used Charlies and had stink and buildup issue. But now I have a water softener (YEAH!) so it might be worth going back and giving it a try. I could not understand why my diapers stunk to high heaven washing with Charlies. I am really glad you posted this!
post #8 of 42
Thread Starter 
Very interesting. We live in Arizona and we do get a lot of sediment in our water. If I don't keep on top of our shower, it gets really nasty and I have to scrub for a LONG time to get the silt or whatever it is off the floor of it.

Thanks for all the input!
post #9 of 42
Anytime we have a smell issue I add some baking soda (that I added some peppermint and lavendar essential oils to) to my hot wash. It has never failed me.
I know some of my dipes say not to use baking soda, but I have not had a problem at all. And after they are dried they smell good enough to sniff.
post #10 of 42
I am using gerber prefolds and they have stink so badly. i cant figure it out either.
post #11 of 42
I got rid of my poo-stink issues by using more detergent. I have hard water - so I'm using 3 scoops of charlies powder and an extra rinse cycle. Vinegar in the presoak also seems to be helping.
post #12 of 42
When I stripped diapers in the past I used 1 hot water wash with a spoonful of dishwashing liquid (Dawn is what I have usually seen people say work best). Then I repeat the hot water washes until there are no suds left.

It can be a detergent build up or not enough soap issue. Hard water calls for more soap than the 1/4 dose often rec. Do the diapers smell like ammonia as soon as your dc wets (too much detergent) or is it only in the wash that you smell this. How often are you washing?

Charlie's actually says to use a small ammount of bleach to fight the bacteria though I haven't done so becuse I do not like bleach (it is a neurotoxin). If you have city water it probably has a small amount of chlorine in it already but well water does not unless you add it.
post #13 of 42
use 1 hot water wash with a spoonful of dishwashing liquid (Dawn is great). Then I repeat the hot water washes until there are no suds left. And add vinegar & TTO or Lav. EO into the final rinse as well (a downey ball is great for this last step!)
post #14 of 42
I know this isn't a popular idea, but you could try bleaching them.

I have been CDing for three years, and I had tried everything to get the ammonia smell completely out, and nothing was working. Stripping, baking soda, vinegar, more detergent, less detergent. Finally, I started bleaching them, and voila! smell is gone. I don't like that my diapers are starting to show wear from being bleached once a week for this last year, but I truly cannot find another way to get the smell completely out. My kids were getting rashes from the ammonia in the diapers.
post #15 of 42
Yup, if you have hard water you need something to take care of teh minerals in the wash. I have been using vinegar(BS made it worse!) in my wash and final rinse. It keeps them clean and fresh, no bleach needed.
post #16 of 42
I also think it sounds like bacteria instead of soap buildup.

Yes, the sun is great for killing bacteria so line dry all summer and that should help.

Also, I sprinkle baking soda in the pail every single time I put a diaper in. It helps absorb the ammonia smell.

We had two different stink issues: ammonia and that poopy smell you're describing. The ammonia smell only happened after they'd been in the pail for a few hours. But every morning I'd wake up thinking dd had pooped but it was just the dipes. I also used a little Oxy and that seemed to help, but we did end up switching to sposies at night. Now that it's summer and I can line dry, we'll switch back and see what happens.
post #17 of 42
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Originally Posted by acupuncturemomma View Post
nak
the recommendation i was given is to treat the diapers for the mineral deposits with clr or a similar substance, and to also disinfect the diapers. i haven't been able to get to the store for the clr yet, so i went ahead and used a tiny bit of bleach : on everything to clear it up and start from scratch. for the first time in a long time the diapers came out smelling fresh!
Isn't CLR a chemical? I don't want to use chemicals on my diapers, but I'm guessing my smell issue is what you're describing.
post #18 of 42
clr is an acid--i think it's really harsh, and like you, i'm hesitant to use it at all! i just found an excellent resource on the pinstripes and polkadots website:

http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.co...basics.htm#RLR
look at the part called "hard water treatments"

it talks about using calgon water softener or a product called rlr. i'm going to try one of those.
post #19 of 42
I would not use rlr, it makes a TON of suds, like seriously took me 10+ washes to get it all out. Calgon and vinegar are both good choices for hard water.
post #20 of 42
I just stripped my dipes and they still smell like pee. The load I just took out of the dryer even smells still. Not bad, but it's definately there. I use a wet bag, but think I'm going to switch to a pail. Does anyone presoak theirs in the pail? If so, what do you use, or should I just try to do a presoak in the washer? I wash mine in Tide Free and use about a quarter of what I should for a large load.
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