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#1 of 6 Old 11-19-2008, 10:46 PM - Thread Starter
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I have not been successful at getting stains out of our unbleached prefolds.

What am I doing wrong?

I wash a cold cycle with no soap, then a hot on largest setting with natural liquid soap (from TJ's).

I have tried nonchlorine bleach, even up to a half cup, and it doesn't seem to do anything.

They are a little stinky and totally yellow still. (EBF 4 mo)

Any tips? Would chlorine bleach hurt the diapers or baby bum? Am I not using enough nonchlorine bleach?

I also just tried Life Tree all purpose soap on someones' say so. How do you pretreat the stain. Soak? Rub it in? Leave it for a while or throw it in the wash right away?


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If possible, I would avoid using bleach on the prefolds. It is too harsh for baby's skin and very damaging to the fabric. Laying your prefolds out in the sun gets rid of stains really, really well. You can also try pre-treating stains with diluted Bac-Out...wash cold...wash hot with a little detergent...rinse...rinse.

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we use bleach, a tbsp oir two in every wash, no stains, no stink, no problems on DDs butt.

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do you wet pail or dry pail? i spray dirty diapers and leave them in the wet bag before washing and do a cold wash without any detergent then a hot wash with a little bit of countrysave and I don't have any problems with stains. I had stains on my contours once and soaked them overnight in oxiclean and that got rid of the stains and since then make sure to spray them so keeping them wet before washing must be keeping the stains at bay. I wouldn't recommend bleach.
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nothing quite like hanging them in the sun to dry (summer or winter). We've never had stains this way.
Honestly though, I wouldn't worry about the stains. It doesn't mean the diapers aren't clean and who's seeing them anyhow?

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Another vote for sunning them! I'm always amazed by how well the sun gets stains out. Of course, I usually don't get around to sunning my diapers until they're outgrown and I'm putting them away for storage (and pretty much never in the winter here ) but they always look great afterward.

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