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ok my dd's diapers have been really smelly lately. They smell good coming out of the dryer, but as soon as she wets they smell like amonia really badly. Is this caused from detergent buildup or something else? what can I do for them?
 

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What is your normal washing routine like? We had the same problem for awhile. I corrected the problem by using LESS detergent and double rinsing. I also thought that hanging them out on the clothes line to let the sun naturally bleach them helped too.
 

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Do you have hard water? I took the suggestion of one of these smart mamas and started using MORE detergent - it really helped. I also started putting a little TTO in each wash and wow the difference is amazing. Both my kids are heavy wetters and the ammonia could knock your socks off! Now, it only gets really bad if I get lazy and don't wash for a few days.
 

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Sounds like build up to me! We had the same problem and ended up stripping our diapers and then changed our wash routine. Cold rinse, 1/8 cup Tide (we have a front loader) and hot wash, one extra hot wash to make sure all the detergent was out. Then either hang in the sun or dry in dryer. We've not had any problems for the past 3-4 months since changing our wash routine and rinsing more!
 

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we have soft water. my routine is<br>
1.rinse cold water<br>
2.wash hot water with way less than 1/4 cup detergent<br>
3.extra rinse<br><br>
if they need stripped how do you do that?<br>
BTW, most of the diapers that I have were bought used, but Ive had them awhile, could they have gotten buildup before I got them and not washed out?
 

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I've started using detergent in the cold (first) wash and nothing in the hot (second) wash. That way it has plenty of opportunity to rinse out.
 

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Ok, next time you wash, in your final rinse - check for suds. Stop your machine and let the water settle (to make sure you're seeing soap suds and not oxygen bubbles) If you see lots of bubbles - time to strip.<br><br>
To strip, basically keep running hot/warm rinses until you see minimal sudsing. Some mamas like to use liquid Calgon when they strip dipes. Calgon helps in removing detergent buildup. You can also boil (for 10 -15 mins.) anything without snaps - like prefolds, doublers, etc. Boiling should help remove any residue and stink.<br><br>
HTH
 

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It sounds like it is to me... That's what happens to us when we get buildup at least... try washing them a few times with nothing then in the future only use a tiny amount of soap and rinse at least twice...
 

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Okay, not trying to hijack the thread, but I've read through this thread & now a few questions: I always rinse twice & hardly use any detergent & the amonia smell in our dipes is killing me! Our wash rountine has been the same for 6 months & the problem crept in a week or two ago. We do have hard water. Should I buy some Calgon or Sport Wash? Would I strip just the doublers/inserts? Please help me!! Thank you!<br><br>
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I'd strip wash them before buying calgon or anything. The same thing happened to us this week - after 6 months - BAM! the stinkies hit us!<br><br>
In reponse to the other post - yes, the used dipes may have had a little bit of build up, then you might have had build up to add to it. I usually strip my used dipes as soon as I get them so that doesn't happen.
 

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OK, here's my understanding of the whole detergent thing- wash gurus please correct me if I'm wrong.<br><br>
If you have soft water and stinky dipes chances are you have detergent build-up and should strip your dipes. This can be done with Dawn dish washing liquid.<br><br>
If you have hard water and stinky dipes chances are you do not have detergent build up, but may be using too little detergent. Hard water needs a lot more detergent to get dipes clean than soft water does.<br><br>
We had really stinky dipes and really hard water so I doubled the amout of detergent I was using and added baking soda and calgon to the 2nd wash/rinse cycle and violla no more ammonia dipes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If you do need to strip someone told me once, to actually do a wash cycle in hot (as opposed to just a rinse) and use a water level that is right even with the dipes in there, so there is a lot of aggitation with the dipes.<br>
This worked great and mine stripped clean with only one extra hot wash cycle.<br><br>
Sounds like Joannect said it well though, I'm sure that helped <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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If you have bad ammonia smell, try adding vinegar to a prewash or soak cycle. The vinegar neutraizes the ammonia (helps w/ diaper rash too!). Then wash & rinse normally - this gets everything out so your dipes don't stink. However, if you don't rinse enough to remove all the additives (detergent, fab softener, vinegar, etc) they're going to stink because of the build up.
 
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