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Hey! I've been stripping my darn fuzzi bunz (the only type of diapers we use, DS is in a prefold right now) I'm stuck, I don't know what to do. We have super hard water, I tried vinegar once and then dried them, they still repelled. I heard baking soda is bad for hard water so I haven't tried that. Should I just keep washing them?<br><br>
Hot water or cold water? I'm going to do some cold cycles with vinegar now, I've done 4 hot cycles and come up with bubkiss. HELP!!!<br><br>
There are no bubbles ever because the water is too hard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I have had the same problems so I contacted the good folks at GreenMountainDiapers and NurturedFamily and they gave me tons of suggestions. I hope something here can help you. Here are their emails:<br><br>
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I've been through horrible repelling problems also. My best suggestion is to not use any oxi clean or bakins soda. Oxi Clean sometimes causes the repelling, yet sometimes it fixes the stink. I'm confused on that one.<br><br>
My suggestion: probably 2 hot washes with just vinegar. 1/4 to half cup if you have a front loader, and probably the same in a top loader since you won't need to use a high water level if you don't have a whole lot of them.<br><br>
Then, change detergents. Sometimes just switching detergent does the trick. A cheap store brand, or if you prefer something more natural, Ecover Powder is good on Fuzzi Bunz. Some say Sport Wash (found in WalMart sporting good section) or Sensi Clean (which is the same thing) fixes the problem. I'm not sure on that.<br><br>
There is no simple fixing method, because water itself varies as does the cause. What detergent were you using?<br><br>
One time I washed 10 times in a row on hot with no detergent and they still repelled, so it may not be a matter of just rinsing more.<br>
Another time I bleached them (!!) and they still repelled! So don't try that.<br><br>
Vinegar seems to be the best bet to try, I think.<br>
Let me know what happens, OK?<br>
I'm still learning about Fuzzi Bunz.<br>
Sincerely,<br>
Karen<br><br>
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I'll try and help you. Have you used any diaper creams with your diapers? If<br>
you have or even if you havnt I would recommend using Simple Green - full,<br>
undiluted strength. Spray it on the fleece and inserts and then wash them on<br>
a heavy duty cycle with hot water twice. Rinse them well and then dry them.<br>
If the problem persists please let us know and we can try a few other<br>
things.<br><br><br>
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Me again,<br>
Because of our hard water situation I will not be using FB any more. I have stripped, stripped and stripped! They no longer repell, but I don't want to go through this again. I have also read that Calgon water softener is EXCELLENT to get the detergent to release from the fabric. I am now in search of it so that I can make certain that the new owner gets top notch FB when I sell them.<br>
Good luck!
 

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nak<br><br>
i'm sure you know this, but are you using fab. softener at all? it can make them repel...
 

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try using dish soap, even take some dish soap and rub it into the fleece, I did this to an old FB and it made the fleece not repel
 

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I recommend the Calgon water softener too. We have hard water and use FB and I put at least a half capful of Calgon in with each wash and this does help a lot. Also, I use what Karen suggested and use cheap Sam's Choice powder detergent. So far, so good. I do have some SportsWash on hand to try though if the Sam's Choice ever stops working as I've read lots of people have had success with SportsWash.<br><br>
This web site (by another woman named Karen) <a href="http://diaperpages.com/fleece.php" target="_blank">Diaper pages</a> has her experience with repelling FBs and her success using SportsWash.<br><br>
I'd try the Calgon and check the rinse cycle to see if you're starting to get some of the suds out.
 

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Okay, I'm running a cycle with Calgon right now, I got some sport wash and will use that in the next cycle...I must have washed them in hot water 8 times yesterday and they are still freaking repelling! I'm loosing my mind. I love my fuzzi bunz :cry:<br><br>
I have used Downy Advanced...just a smidge about once a week or less. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: did I ruin them??? Oh, goodness...
 

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How can you tell that they are repelling? Is it because when you run water on the clean diaper, the water beads up on the fleece? Do they actually leak when your child wears them? I ask because while if I run water over some of my FB, they seem to repel, they never do in actuality. I think urine behaves differently than water. Also, the pressure of my DD wearing them pushes the urine through the fleece and it doesn't bead off. So just becaise they look like they are repelling with water on them, doesn't mean they really will!<br><br>
Good luck!<br>
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I've been using DA for a while without any issues. Don't worry mama..I'm sure you'll ge them working again. Try some Dawn and see if that helps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DS has leaked pretty bad and the insert is nearly dry. The weird part is he wore one diaper and was fine, he wore another and leaked something fierce. I'm at a loss.<br><br>
Clane- I got the Calgon at the grocery store. I looked at Wal-Mart also and didn't find it, but they had it at my local grocery store.<br><br>
ETA- I've searched and searched for Simple Green (2 differnet Wal-Marts and a grocery store) and can't find it anywhere. We don't have a Target or Kmart near by.
 

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You can find Simple Green in the automotive section.<br><br>
I have done almost everything that was suggested by the kind folks at GreenMountain and NurturedFamily and my FB are working wonderfully now!!<br>
No leaks and dd is dry as a bone while the insert is soaking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Now just to make sure this build up thing doesn't happen again!<br><br>
Mama's DON'T use baking soda on fleece!!! I am emailing FB and MOE about that one. They need to stop giving out that advice.
 

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Susieinms- Thanks! The one place I didn't look...LOL
 

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Thank you all soooo much for your help! I think I finally got them fixed!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rocks.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="mdc rocks"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:<br>
We're switching to only Sportwash, thankfully we live in Iowa so there is almost always a hunting season open. So finding it shouldn't be too hard. Thanks again!! DS is sooo happy to be back in his fuzzi bunz, and DH is so happy to not have to struggle with the prefolds (he hates prefolds)
 

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Yeah!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><br>
That good feeling makes it almost worth all of the agrivation....almost. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Glad you got it fixed!!
 
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