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I was telling a coworker about all the soakers I'm knitting for the baby to wear over CDs, and she said, "I'm all for going back to the old ways of doing things, simple living, being environmental...... but doesn't the wool smell like pee once it gets damp?" I have to admit I hadn't even thought of that.... So do they get a stinky urine smell after a couple of wearings?<br><br>
I told her I didn't think they get stinky, otherwise you all wouldn't rave about them so much! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But she said she thought maybe some women just have high tolerance for a bit of stink..... So tell me the truth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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nope, seriously, no stink at all. Once they're dry, not even a hint (well, if they've been used non stop for 3-4 wks they might, but then they need to be washed). Sorry, I don't have a tolerance for "stink" - lol.
 

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I use lots of wool wraps- but not so many soakers. My experience is you do have to line dry them between uses, and wash in eucalan (or similar) periodically. I think I wash mine about every 6 wearings, or immediately if there is poo. Longer than that, and they do hold their smell.
 

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really? 6 times? I can get <b>lots</b> more use than that out of them before they start stinking. Are yours really well lanolized? I wonder if that would affect it? hmmmm
 

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no smell here for weeks LOL-and his night dipes are WHOA!! Blech-but the soaker doesn't hold the smell at all-at least until it needs washed (duh) and lanolized-which isn't very often. I am still amazed by this, I am always picking it up and sniffing it-even burying your nose into it doesn't turn up stink-but....I have a really bad sense of smell LOL. My mom is super-nose and she hates wool-but agrees that there is no odor<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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My mother keeps telling me that wool will really smell. She even told me that the smell of wool will start to be associated with my baby. I thought, "Better than some other smells I can think of!".
 

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I only use soakers at night, so you know how that goes. After about a month of use they smelled like pee so I washed them and they are fine, so I figure I wash them once a month or sometimes twice a month because of the urine smell.<br><br>
My covers on the other hand dont smell like pee at all yet, though I have only had them about half a month or so?
 

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No Wool doesn't smell as long as it dries out between uses. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I do find that I can use my soakers a lot longer (more uses) between washes then I can my wool covers, I don't know if it is the breathablility issues?<br><br>
But wool has antibacterial properties that make the urine not smell at all once it is gone from the cover (dry) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> it is a miracle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> and we LOVE it!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But wool has antibacterial properties that make the urine not smell at all once it is gone from the cover (dry) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> it is a miracle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> and we LOVE it!!</div>
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Mine smell after a while even if left out to dry, but like I said I only use them at night so they get concentrated pee on them, I figure this is normal, isnt it?<br><br>
(a month of constant use for night?)
 

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Mine have never smelled, even after LOTS of wearing. I usually end up washing them becuase they get yogurt or oatmeal in the weave, not because they are smelly!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Mine smell after a while even if left out to dry, but like I said I only use them at night so they get concentrated pee on them, I figure this is normal, isnt it?<br><br>
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Oh yeah after a month of constant use it is normal, I mean after each use, I usually wash mine about ever 2 weeks, but I could go longer. They don't smell then, but yes they will smell after a while, just not after each use-which is what I meant in my OP, I guess I should have been more clear! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> sorry!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">really? 6 times? I can get <b>lots</b> more use than that out of them before they start stinking. Are yours really well lanolized? I wonder if that would affect it? hmmmm</div>
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I think it may be because they are wraps, not soakers. Wraps seem to be thicker, maybe they retain smell more? I don't think my true soakers really have the same time frame issue, but if I wash one wool- I wash them all, kwim? I don't get the eucalan out, if I am not prepared to hand wash a bunch at once.
 

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Well, I'll just repeat what's been said...once soakers are dry, no smell!! Mine do smell when they are wet and right off baby but once dry, no smell. I do wash them about every 2 weeks or so. Hope all this info encourages you to try some wool. It's great!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh yeah after a month of constant use it is normal, I mean after each use, I usually wash mine about ever 2 weeks, but I could go longer. They don't smell then, but yes they will smell after a while, just not after each use-which is what I meant in my OP, I guess I should have been more clear! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> sorry!</div>
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ok I thought mine were faulty or something, LOL<br><br>
I only use mine at night so they never get dirty just peed on, LOL<br><br>
So I just wash them when they smell, which depends on his wets for that night, week, or month
 

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Sounds like you all agree - wool doesn't get stinky after single use! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks for the confirmation! I'll keep knitting away....
 

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The amount your soaker might stink when wet is directly proportional to the amount of lanolin in the wool. If you find they are getting stinky, lanolize. That's your sign.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> what she said.
 
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