Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: near Chicago, IL
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Are you guys adding the vinegar all the time, or just when they start to smell?
I was just stripping them with hot water rinses, but then I did a stripping with Dawn and layed them out in the sun, and that seemed to help some. Now they don't smell like ammonia right away, but after a day of being in the pail, they do. Is that normal - I don't remember that happening when I had a diaper service.
I was using Ecos free n' clear laundry soap, but just bought some BumGenius soap, just so I could rule out it wasn't the soap I was using. I used a generous amount the first time to make sure they were clean, double rinse.
I do a cold wash first with no soap, then a hot wash with soap, then an additional cold rinse. Maybe I should be doing an additional hot rinse instead.
One last question - I have hemp inserts I use at night. Do I wash those the same way, cuz now they aren't holding pee like they used to and the pocket diaper I use is leaking, where it didn't before. And they smell like ammonia now too.
I emailed the lady I bought them from, and she said she only noticed the ammonia smell in the morning. Yeah right - it was happening every time he peed and giving him rashes. There's no way she didn't notice that. She said she only ever stripped them once. She used them with 2 kids!