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I don't know what to do! My babies' diapers stink. The basket of clean ones is in their room and the whole room stinks. I thought it was drying covers hung up in there, so I took them out. The room still stinks. The pail isn't in there, I moved it to the bathroom. I'm positive it's the basket of clean dipes and plan to take it out today to see if the smell improves. It's this weird, icky, kind of like old pee smell. I'm so upset.<br><br>
How can I get rid of this smell! I haven't been able to line dry because I never have time to get out there and hang the dipes up...I'm always in such a hurry I just throw them in the dryer. Is this the cause?<br><br>
I wash in All Free and Clear with one scoop of oxy clean.<br><br>
HELP!<br><br>
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How much detergent are you using? It could be that the All isn't rinsing away completely.<br>
When I used all free and Tide free I only used 1-2 TABLESPOONS of detergent with 2 extra rinses.<br><br>
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If changing detergents doesn't help, try stripping them with Calgon water softener.<br>
It worked wonders for stripping my "stinky" dipes.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Many of us CDing parents are natural types, and prefer a natural soap (like Dr. Bronners) or a free and clear detergent. The problem is that these detergents do not rinse away very cleanly (especially if you have water that is hard or on the hard side). So the unrinsed away detergent traps smelly bacteria in your diapers and your diapers reek. Your build up must be quite bad because your diapers stink before even putting them on your baby-- they must reek to the heavens after s/he has wet them.<br><br>
You need to do two things: 1) as Lori suggested, use Calgon water softener (found in the laundry section). Fill your washer with hot water, add 2 capfuls of Calgon and your dipes, let agitate briefly, and then let soak for a couple of hours. Complete the wash cycle and do an extra rinse. If there are any suds in your rinsewater, wash in another hot cycle with no detergent. 2) stop using All Free and Clear on your diapers (or any other natural laundry soap or free and clear soap). If you want to use a detergent without scent, get Sportswash (available in the camping section at many Walmarts) or Sensi-clean (do a web search and you will find where to buy). If you're not opposed to using a regular detergent, get something else at your grocery store. I use regular tide in my cold wash (about 1 Tablespoon), but others here have reported their babies react to it (btw I then run a hot wash with Sensi-clean, which removes the Tide scent). Lots of people use Costco's detergent with good results. Finding the right detergent may take a bit of trial and error, as what works for some people doesn't for others-- as it appears that much of what works is influenced by the type of water, washing machine, and what kind and how many diapers you add to your load.<br><br>
HTH,<br>
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Just a warning-- if your dipes have lots of buildup, you may be washing all day!! But then it's done for awhile. You should periodically strip them again, like every couple of months or if the odor problem gets bad again.<br><br>
The first time I used Calgon I had to wash like SEVEN times in plain water. A hot rinse is better than cold rinse. I just kept the hot water heater on high and kept doing regular hot washes with nothing added until the suds were gone.<br><br>
BTW about Tide-- a friend of mine used to be a New York City EMT and they always washed their uniforms in Tide becuase (a) it kills germs very well and (b) it's very good about getting out organic stains like blood and mud. I assume it would also be good on poop stains. I just tried some Tide for the first time after using Purex for months, and the dipes smell sooooo much fresher!!<br><br>
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So is it safe to say that most babies don't react to detergents like Tide? I've never used anything but Seventh Generation or Free and Clear on dipes for fear of rashes. But if I can use something with a scent, I KNOW it would help! My twins are 6mos and don't seem to have very sensitive skin as far as I can tell. Can I find that Calgon softener at Target?<br><br>
Thanks! I will definitely strip the dipes. And yes, with twins I have a lot. Ugh. Sounds like a weekend project. How many dipes should I be washing at a time on a regular basis? Do you all wash dipes and covers together? I always have, but I wonder if that makes them not get as clean?<br><br>
I realized this morning that the vast majority of the smell was from their wet diapers because the odor has dissipated since they've been out of there and since their dipes have been changed. But there is a bit of a pee smell any way. Makes me crazy. I hate for their room to be stinky!<br><br>
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It may just be that you need to modify your wash routine a little.<br>
If I start with a rinse, to rinse out all the poopy pee pee water, then do my hot wash with 1/4 of the recommended amount of detergent, then do 2 rinses, I never have that kind of stink problem (on dry diapers. Now wet, thick hemp is another topic). If I only did one hot wash and one rinse, my diapers would smell like that, too, kwim?<br><br>
You've gotten a lot of good suggestions on how to get the diapers back to smelling good. If you have diapers with polyester content, you should do a hot overnight soak with a generous amount of Oxy Clean. Adding Oxygen bleach to a wash routine is almost useless, honestly. Oxygen bleach needs 2 things to work effectively. HOT water, and TIME. A long hot soak in Oxy Clean could be all you need to get the dipes smelling good again.<br><br>
Also, I don't necessarily think All Free and Clear is a problem. It depends. If you have soft water, it may work fine. In Hard water, it may not work well. It doesn't seem to be a super concentrated detergent and doesn't always get the crap off your diapers, kwim? Same with Sensi Clean and Sport Wash, though. They rinse clean and therefore don't irritate the skin so much, but don't CLEAN really well, either. My diapers stink the most when I use Sensi Clean. So it may not be the answer to your problem. Not every Free and Clear detergent is mild and natural. You can try another brand that may do the job just fine, but it's difficult, because many of the ones that clean really well, also tend to leave residue that burns babies with sensitive skin. From what I've read, using a good generic deterent that does not have a LOT of perfume added, and doing a double rinse works the best for many, because the detergent isn't so mild as to be ineffective, and isn't so strong as to stay on diapers, leaving a caustic residue or lots of perfume.
 

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Here's my wash routine - suggestions welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
I use a dry pail and put all dipes and covers in there. Of course if there is solid poo, that got swished in the toilet before putting in pail. I guess I wash about 20 dipes and 6 covers at a time.<br><br>
Dump all contents in washer with Bummis bag.<br>
One quick rinse in cold (it's a setting on my washer)<br>
One hot/cold wash with 1/2 cup All Free and Clear and one scoop oxy-clean. On this setting, I add a 20 minute soak.<br>
I also set my washer for 2nd rinse on cold with extended spin.<br>
Hang covers to dry, put all dipes and wipes in dryer and dry. They don't seem to smell when I take them out. So maybe they really aren't the source of the odor in their room. Maybe it was the stinky wet diapers they had on. I'm so confused!!!!!!!!!! I just want the stink to go away <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">.<br><br>
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Joy, you already know this wash routine isn't working for you and you've already received multiple suggestions on what to do differently. I just wanted to be clear and say that whether the diapers stink when "fresh" out of the dryer or standing in their room OR they stink when they are peed in, the source of the problem is likely the same-- you have buildup from the All F&C. Go buy some Calgon and a different detergent, and see how that works for you.<br><br>
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Joy -- I had stink problems too, and a change in washing did the trick. HOpe it works for you!<br><br>
Karla!! Yes Ma'am!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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I think you might try vinegar in there somewhere... maybe in the second rinse. I find it really gets the stinkies out. I had a cotton/poly bedsheet that one of our cats had peed on and it ws stinkystinky until I washed it with vinegar. I put it in my dipe wash in a Downy ball, works great.<br><br>
I have also noticed that my dipes smell fine right out of the dryer but are kinda stale if they sit a while, like 2-3 days or more. I finally figured out that that was caused by very humid summer days... the dipes pull just enough moisture out of the air to start to get musty.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
ETA: Originally thought Karla was chiding the O.P., but later realized she was instead being brief and simply not repeating what other posters had already said <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> (hey it's late, I'm tired)
 
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