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I've tried everything I can think of and my diapers just absolutly <i>reek</i>. It's horrid. They smell stale when they're dry, and when DD pees, the ammonia smell is enough to knock you over!<br><br>
I've tried stipping them, re-washing, changing my washing routines, changing detergents and even *gasp* bleaching them a little. NOTHING has gotten rid of the smell and I am beside myself. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong here. I just want clean diapes so I can start over again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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But it's probably your water and you can't change that.<br><br>
So, make sure you are using a "good" detergent. I like Tide. I switched to a generic brand that cost half as much and had stinky dipes.<br><br>
Wash (with Tide) and rinse.<br><br>
Wash again (with Tide) and rinse, and rinse again with vinegar.<br><br>
People say don't use too much detergent. Didn't work for me. I use 3/4 cup.<br><br>
I use bleach (gasp). Try using a quarter cup in the first wash to get rid of the stinkies. You may not need it again. Then again, you may.<br><br>
hth, Carolyn
 

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The only thing that worked for me was boiling them. However, I primarily only use pocket diapers so it was the hemp inserts that were so stinky. I don't know if you can boil any other types of diapers.
 

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I know how frustrating that can be! Have you tried Calgon? A super hot wash with no detergent and only Calgon helped me. THere were TONS of suds<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> even though I hadn't put any detergent. I just kept rinsing until there were no more suds.
 

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I second Carolyn's recommendations. Sometimes you do need more detergent (just rinse more-perhaps add vinegar to the first rinse to help remove it) and in extreme cases you very well may want to try bleach [no flames, please! lol], but bleaching a "little" is kinda useless. If you are going to do it, make it count. Use 1/4 C. for a half size or small load and 1/2 Cup for a large load. I'd use it in the hot wash with the detergent, personally. It did the trick for us with some stinky thick hemp.<br>
Before you try bleach, though, you could try boiling- give it a good rolling boil for at least 10 minutes, but don't boil anything plastic or synthetic (no elastic, snaps, fleece, etc.). And you may also try sunning them dry. And you could also try a very hot overnight soak with Shout Oxy Power. But you did say you've tried everything, so that may not be helpful input.<br>
Have you considered your water supply? Someone here said her mother has bacteria in her well water. That would sure do it.
 

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cgarthe~<br>
I was thinking it was the water, too. I noticed that the problem began to arise when we moved. We went from well water to city water; I don't know if that really makes a difference or not.<br><br>
My washing routine:<br>
~cold rinse/presoak<br>
~hot wash/cold rinse with 1/4 cup detergent (Arm & Hammer)<br>
~cold rinse<br><br>
I might try using more detergent. Maybe I'm not using enough?<br><br>
amcal~<br>
DH uses a lot of pocket diapes, too, so I've tried boiling the hemp. It did help, but they still stink.<br><br>
m&m mom~<br>
Calgon I haven't tried. Water softener, right? How much do you use?<br><br>
Kermit~<br>
I was afraid too add too much bleach, but you're probably right. Can't really do it half way.<br><br>
I guess I haven't tried everything, because I haven't tried soaking them in Shout either. Anything else I can soak them in? Will Oxy Clean do the same thing, or no?<br><br><br>
 

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Definitely try changing detergents...I was using a fairly pricey detergent and ended up with horribly stinky diapers...switched to Kirkland (which is the house brand from Costco) and the stink went away (go figure LOL). Its worth a try anyhow...just buy a small box to begin with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Oxy Clean is the same as Shout Oxy Power, but weaker. So you'd just use more of it. If you try it, use REALLY HOT water, and let it soak in it a LONG time. RLR Laundry Treatement is another thing you can find at Walmart to soak them in. But if it's stinky hemp you are dealing with, then 10 min. or more at a full boil or bleach are the only things that have totally worked for us to completely be rid of the strong ammonia stench we were having in the morning.<br>
Calgon water softener is a great thing to try, too, especially if it's just some detergent build up that is causing the problem. Using Calgon regularly if you have hard water will prevent the buildup in the future. It seems the long hot soaks in RLR or Shout do a better job at getting rid of the hard water mineral deposits that can build up on diapers over long periods of time, though. That's just a theory of mine. I don't think softening the water alone is enough to strip really calcified grimey diapers. The Calgon will help keep those deposits off in the future, though.
 

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Thanks Holly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I just went and threw my diapers in the washer. I turned up the water heater to fill the washer, tossed in about 6 scoops of Oxy Clean and I'm going to let them sit in there tonite. I'll probably run out and see if I can get some Calgon tomorrow and see if I can get rid of this gunky funk.
 

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Since dh uses a lot of pockets, do a handwash with the pockets with dish soap.<br>
This will help you make sure that they are getting clean.<br>
Well water and city water are very different and that may be what you are dealing with. It could be the smell of the water itself, especially if you know your diapers are clean.<br>
Not much advice for water smell but maybe adding some tea tree to help offset it
 

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Calgon, all the way....<br>
I had a stink prob so bad last month I was ready to give up CDing. But now I add 1/4c of Calgon to my hot wash and it has totally gotten rid of the stink. I have very hard water, from a well in our yard..this was the root cause of the smell...dipes weren't getting really clean, cause hard water makes your detergent less effective.<br>
For sure give it a try. It's magic! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> CALGON <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow">
 

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I honestly believe soaking wears the fabric out faster. I started soaking and my diapers began developing holes very quickly. I guess the same can be said for bleach, but I haven't noticed it as badly. And soaking didn't help get rid of the stinkies.<br><br>
I also believe you need to do two washes with detergent. If you're just soaking then washing, you're soaking the diapers in pee and poop water, and washing them in the same water.<br><br>
The first wash gets rid of the urine and poop. The second wash actually cleans them.<br><br>
Cheers, Carolyn
 

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I use apple cider vinegar in my rinse (downey ball) and it works wonders!!! Even when I was sick with a migraine and didn't wash for 6 days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> they came out smelling beautiful. I normally wash on warm with 2 cold rinses but this one time I washed on hot and added a tad of oxyclean, a dash of baking soda and the apple cider.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Wow that is what I have always done <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good to know that I am doing it right LOL!<br><br>
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<i>Originally posted by cgarthe</i><br><br>
I also believe you need to do two washes with detergent. If you're just soaking then washing, you're soaking the diapers in pee and poop water, and washing them in the same water.<br><br>
The first wash gets rid of the urine and poop. The second wash actually cleans them.
 

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You know, I just got a Cuddlebuns in the mail, and it said to use a Downy Ball with cider vinegar for build up, and I'd never heard that before. I thought you were only supposed to use the white? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Eegads this is so confusing!<br><br>
Where do you ladies find your Calgon? Searched for it a bit today, but DD wasn't feeling well and we had to cut our trip short. Didn't see it at the grocer's or Target. WalMart then?<br><br>
Rinsing my diapers like mad today...Feel really horrible for wasting so much water...
 

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I don't think Target carries it. Walmart and our grocery store do. It is in a white bottle with a rainbow on it. HTH.
 

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I've heard a couple people say to use apple cider vinegar, and I don't undertstand why, either. I do know that when using vinegar for cleaning or killing yeast on nipples or Dr. recommended douching, they say to use distilled white vinegar because it is purified. I don't understand why you would use anything else with any better results.
 

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I think hard water is evil. I have hard water and went through everything just like you did. It never worked, at least not for long, the stink always came back. I finally got a water softener installed and as my diapers are slowly getting stripped of all their buildup they are doing much better. Softer too. The diapers that were new since I got the water softener haven't had the problems that the diapers before i had the water softener so I totally think it is that- the water. At least for me. Totally try the calgon and see if that helps but it won't be instant since there is still alot of buildup in there. Try stripping them real good however you can and then keep washing them in soft water and see if the problem returns or not. Good luck, I was totally sad at one point too but now I'm all happy. Now if I could just find a way to scrape the poopies into the toilet without having to smell it and clean utensils and I would be in 7th heaven.
 
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