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This was not been a problem when I used a diaper service, but when we switched to doing diapers at home, we first ran into an absorbancy issue (not knowing that unbleached takes awhile to break in -- much longer than the 5 washes I was told about!) and now we still have very stinking diaper covers. Washed by hand, washed in the machine, dried in the sun, it seems to have made no difference. I know too much detergent is not a good thing. Don't think that this is the problem. Soak in vinegar water? Tea tree and lavender?<br><br>
Also, do you wash your covers with the diapers? I haven't and usually was the covers with the regular clothes on cold.<br><br>
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What covers are you using? I've heard of stink issues with bummis wraps, and someone said to spray a mix of tto and water on them between uses to prevent odor. If I were you, I'd wash in hot with the regular amount of soap, and then maybe wash them again in hot with no soap and a bit of tto and/or lavender.<br>
Good luck!
 

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Moonshine - <a href="http://www.thediaperhyena.com/smell.htm" target="_blank"><b><span style="color:#008000;">Go Here</span></b></a> and read about synthetic fibers and how they can retain smell. You also may want to peruse a few of the FAQs above that with regards to washing in cold. If your water is not hot enough, hot water is 130° F (54.4° C) or above, you may be rendering your detergent ineffective. As a rule, most detergents are designed to function at their best with hot water. Synthetic fibers will require hot water to come clean - especially poly fleece products.
 

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Thanks for this post! My fleece lines AIOs are starting to stink <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I will turn my water heater up!<br><br>
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I was told once when I had a problem with stinky covers to try a soak in water with grapefruit seed extract added - it worked great for me! You don't need a lot...a little goes a long way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I have had found that sensi-clean/sports wash works really well at getting rid of smells. I got some old, stinky diapers from someone else and had tried many things to rid them of the odor. I was about to give up on them when I noticed that my bottle of SportsWash says "eliminates odors". One wash and voila - no odor. The beauty of it is that it Sportswash is odorless, so no worry that you are covering up the smell with perfume.
 

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I've had good luck with getting/keeping the stink out my Bummis SIWW by adding some Calgon to my final wash/rinse cycle. Not sure if it's okay for the covers, but I've been doing it since January and I've no leakage/wear problems yet.<br><br>
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This certainly gives me a few things to work with. Interesting about the hot water. I learned to wash in cold water at home in an effort to save energy -- and while this works with most of our laundry, I guess the covers need some hot!<br><br>
Thanks again.
 
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