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Hi, all

How do you recommend cleaning second hand diapers? I got most of my newborn stash used, some from an LJ community and some from a consignment sale. All if them smell totally fine, as in not in need of stripping and there are no stains. My plan had been to just run them through a sanitary cycle with rockin green detergent and some vinegar, then run them through a regular cycle as well, then dry everything on high heat (except the PUL), but I've seen varying recommendations on the internet, mostly like doing a bleach soak or an overnight detergent soak in the bathtub. Is this really necessary? When my big kids were little, I remember reading never to use chlorine bleach on diapers because it would break down the material.

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Having seen some horror stories about a mom who sold her dipes through an lj community riddlesd with staph and yeast she did not disclose, though she was aware- I would at least to a chlorine soak.  Pop them in overnight, soak, do a good stripping routne after that and call it good. 

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I bleach all inserts and wash all the covers with tide. Then I do a wash cycle with just water. 


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Yuck! Thanks for the input … would oxyclean/oxygen bleach work, or does it have to be chlorine? Is it not true, then, that chlorine bleach breaks down the materials?

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This is one of the times I break out the chlorine.  I don't use it routinely on diapers I am sure that repeated use on a regular basis would eat through elastic and PUL.  However, I don't worry about the one=off times I might use it- like getting secondhand diapers or after a bout with yeast or something like that.   

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I buy from people with good feedback and don't wash them any special way. If they smell like they could use a stripping, I'll strip.


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I use bleach! Gasp! Every few washes i put a few Tbls of bleach in my wash. I do this on fuzzibunz, Bumgenious 4.0, and prefolds/ flats. Been doing this for over two years my stash is fine. Once or twice won't harm anything. I do not do a bleach soak though.
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Habitual chlorine bleach is bad for them, occasional bleaching (buying them, after illness, after really bad staining) won't do too much harm. Or you can wash in close to boiling water.

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I ended up soaking them in hot water and bleach for a couple of hours, then running them through a sanitary cycle with a tiny bit of rockin green detergent, then a hot cycle with an extra rinse and no detergent. Hopefully that does it!

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I got a whole bunch of second hand bumgenius and flips and ended up bleaching them as well. They turned out fine. The BumGenius website actually recommends that you bleach their diapers once  a month, so it can't be quite as bad as people say it is for diapers.

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