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I have decided to strip my diapers for the first time. (Stinky situation) But I need some help, I use mostly UCPF's, a few fitteds, and FB's with JB's. They all stink like amonia when ds pees and the diaper pail is atrocious! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> My question is should I strip everything? Specificly the FB's, the fleece and the PUL, oh and I guess that would include my PUL covers.
 

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Honestly, I'd do everything! My favorite method is to put everything in my diaper pail (directly in the pail w/no liner), and pour boiling hot water on top of everything. I add a scoop or 2 of Oxyclean, and let them sit overnight. Then I pour everything into the washer, rinse/spin & wash like normal. Works like a CHARM. I have a front loading washer, so I guess if you have a regular washer, you could do this (soaking overnight) directly in the washer.<br><br>
Good luck!!<br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> - yep, I'd say strip it all<br><br><a href="http://www.thediaperhyena.com/smell.htm#stripping" target="_blank">Stripping</a>
 

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Heather,<br><br>
Thanks for posting that!<br>
One question-when you say add 1-2 <b>cups</b> of Calgon, do you mean standard 8 oz cups or the top of the container?<br><br>
I have been using the recommended 1/4 <i>cup</i> in my loads, and have noticed a huge difference in odor/texture, but now I am wondering if I need to do an actual "strip".<br><br>
Thanks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
*edit in italics for clarification*
 

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Question:<br>
I read the link on stripping and noticed that it does not recommend rinsing till the water is clear of suds. The majority of the research I have done says to make sure the water is clear. Is this unnessesary?
 

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I think it's best to try to get rid of the suds. But there are times that I think you just need to give up, too. If you have done several rinses and you are still getting suds, it could be detergent residue inside your washing machine. Sometimes you need to add vinegar to the rinse or do a vinegar cleanse of the washing machine. If you've done several rinses with vinegar and hot water, and are still seeing some suds, I think it's time to stop and use the diapers, just using MUCH less detergent in the future and perhaps adding vinegar to the first rinse and doing a second rinse with nothing. Adding Calgon to the wash and rinse may be important, too, if you have hard water. Modifying the regular routine this way will eventally help rid the diapers of any remaining residues.
 

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I found it in the laundry aisle of our Grocery. Larger Targets also seem to carry it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">One question-when you say add 1-2 cups of Calgon, do you mean standard 8 oz cups or the top of the container?</td>
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Well, the information was gathered from a couple of textile sites that refer to different 'types' of water softener . . . Calgon being one. So, I assumed that cups were ACTUAL CUPS. What does the 'cup' (lid) of the Calgon measure? I don't have one on hand at present.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I read the link on stripping and noticed that it does not recommend rinsing till the water is clear of suds. The majority of the research I have done says to make sure the water is clear. Is this unnessesary?</td>
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Yes, what Holly said . . . I will fix that to be more specific. I know moms that have done 9 to 10 rinses with suds still remaining. I too believe that it could be from the washing machine ( in which case a good washing machine cleansing would be beneficial) rather than from the diapers. Thanks for bringing that 'lack' of information to my attention!
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Jenb</i><br><b>It is a 1/4 cup sized cap.</b></td>
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Geez - I was thinking 1/2 cup. Will check on that, thank you!
 
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