i'm almost at my wits end with my cloth diapers. we've been using them since my little one was bon-- so almost 2 years. for the past 6+ months i have been struggling to get the stink out. i have a front loader which is the problem i'm sure, but there is nothing i can do about that for now. the wet towel in the washer doesn't help, soaking the diapers first doesn't help. i have gotten the stink out before by washing them in my mother-in-law's top loader over and over in order the strip them. i can't do that often though. the stink is from urine since he almost always poops in the toilet.
does anyone have a suggestion? is there some kind of pre-soak i can use? anything at all? i expect that my little one will be out of diapers in a few months, but i'm on the verge of switching to disposables which would make me pretty unhappy.
i pre-soak with detergent, vinegar, baking soda, and peroxide bleach sometimes. it seems to work pretty well. i also put about 10 drops of tea tree oil in the wash. and make sure to dump the water rinse off and wring them out a bit before washing too.
Recently I started just throwing the diapers in with the rest of the wash daily. DH thinks it's gross, but the smell seems to go away since it's diluted and not a whole load of pissy diapers, and still put the tea tree oil in. You might also want to try soaking and washing with borax if you can find it. I used to use it, but then we moved and the grocery store here doesn't sell it.
Pre soak overnight in a bucket filled with water and a few drops of tea tree oil, if your front loader is not cutting it.
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Also, if you can get them out in the sun it really helps get rid of stink!
I will say the evil word, bleach. Look stink is from bacteria build -up. You need to kill it and bleach will do that. It is very simple.
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I have to put in a plug for Bio-Kleen!
I have had stink issues, and I have a front loader which I detest. I had been running THREE cycles.... a wash (soak, wash, extra rinse) with a splash of bleach, then a wash (soak, wash, extra rinse) with clean rinsing detergent, then a final wash (again... soak, wash, extra rinse) and only then was I getting them clean and stink free. I've personally found that while putting them in the sun reduces staining, I think that going in a hot dryer helps kill what is causing the stink for us.
I just got some biokleen a couple of weeks ago, and I have been soaking the dipes in water for an hour or so in the diaper pail with a squirt of biokleen, and then doing ONE wash cycle... and no stink! I am really hoping this continues to work, but so far so good.
I think the biokleen product the pp is talking about is bac out, made by the biokleen company. It really does work great. I also have a front loader and while it is more challenging to get the diapers clean it's not impossible. I find that what helps the most is to do a cold rinse with a couple tablespoons of bac out, hot wash with detergent but not too much, then run warm/warm delicate cycles until bubbles are no longer seen. The delicate cycle uses more water than other cycles. It often takes 2-3 delicate cycles with an extra rinse (3 water changes per delicate wash cycle) to get everything rinsed out. When I run fewer cycles/water changes the diapers smell. I don't add extra water to the machine during any of the cycles. Yes, it takes 3-4 hours of washing but it's only going back over to push the button to turn it back on when I hear it sound that it's done.