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<p>We use FB, BG, and SB pockets and some microfiber, some hemp and some bamboo for inserts. Most of them are only a couple months old. We wash with Charlie's soap, ad to my kowledge, do not have hard water. Despite this, a few weeks ago I started noticing that tell-tale ammonia stink in our dipes. We also started getting a ton more leaks. Since I have been hanging around these boards lately, and stripping seemed to be the topic du jour for some time, I thought I had this down . . . .</p>
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<p>I didn't. Sunday I started the process by washing everything in Dawn. Of course, despite a pp making this exact mistake, I added too much Dawn ( I think I did anyways). I followed the dawn cycle with 2 very very hot cycles, each with two cold rinses.  Everything still smelled dawn-y and the dipes felt kind of sticky icky, so I sent them through two more hot cycles, for a total of 5 washes. Then another cold rinse for good measure.</p>
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<p>They came out looking like new, although admittedly, they did still smell a <em>bit</em> soapy.  This morning I put DD back in one of the stripped dipes. She leaked completely through it at both legs openings and the back, in a half hour. Weird, I thought. Diaper number two of the day goes on . . . this one lasts a bit longer, but again, leaks through. This has been going on all day now, only one dipe didn't leak. I tried sprinkling a bit of water on both a micro insert and a  BG pocket and the water <strong>completely beads off</strong>, almost none soaks in. AAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!</p>
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<p>What have I done? Have I ruined my diapers? They were absorbing better <em>before</em> they were stripped! Could residual Dawn be causing this? Help! I can't afford to replace these!</p>
 

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<p>Maybe a couple more rinses, with some diluted vinrgar?</p>
 

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<p>It's probably an issue of still too much soap.  However, does the PUL look ok on the inside of the diapers?  It MIGHT have been too hot of water, but probably not.  Use some vinegar.</p>
 

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<p>Definitely try vinegar, I wash with Dawn  once in a while just to prevent the build up and I always use vinegar in the rinse and it comes out great, I don't even have to do extra washes besides the normal one that I do after the soap wash is completed.</p>
 

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<p>Try putting them in the washer without added detergent- let them agitate for a bit and see if there are still suds. If so, I'd rinse rinse rinse until there are no bubbles left.</p>
 

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<p>How did things turn out?</p>
 

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<p>nak</p>
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<p>well thank you! i rinsed for a few more cycles, and did a vinegar rinse. they're definitely not leaking anymore. i'm also adding an extra rinse after i wash in hopes i wont have to strip again so soon . . . .</p>
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<p>they still stink a bit, but mot as bad as before. i'll live with that as log as the pee stays <em>inside</em>! <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"> thanks ladies!</span></p>
 
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