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I'm desperate. I'm about to throw away 18 unbleached todder sized PFs and just re-order new ones and be done with it. I have had a build-up problem in the dipes for probably 3 or 4 months now, though I've lost track. (Could be longer.) I've tried a variety of wash routines, I've tried to strip them (bunches of hot washes - no detergent), and most recently I spent a couple of hours in my kitchen boiling each diaper individually in a spaghetti pot. NOTHING has gotten the residue completely out. I thought the boiling had conquered our problem b/c when I dumped the boiled dipes into the washing machine for one final hot wash and rinse, for the first time ever, I saw no suds. Well, my son woke up reaking of amonia and has a sore, red bottom today, and I am just beside myself. I've honestly invested a ridiculous amount of time into trying to get these things clean. I've been through regular detergents, baby ones, natural ones, Sportwash, all in miniscule quantities (1T or less)....I've tried baking soda, vinegar, TTO...I've gone through all the common suggestions and I have gotten nowhere. Does anyone have one last ditch kernal of wisdom they could share before I chuck these things and order new dipes. I might add that before these thick, toddler PFs, I never had this issue - our cheapy, department store PFs never stunk of anything. I also don't have this issue w/ my fitteds. Is there any hope of getting the stink out of my thick dipes, or do I need to just give up and opt for something w/ fewer layers of material in the center?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Wow, I really don't know--how about oxiclean or even one stab at washing them with some bleach???? I'm just wondering if perhaps there is some bacteria living in them that you can't seem to kill--however--don't do this until some more experienced mama's weigh in--cause I'm a bit of a virgin on this and still figuring out my own fuzzibunz stink problems :LOL
 

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Just bleach 'em. Use detergent as usual and use a full cup of bleach. Wash on HOT and add the diluted bleach 5 minutes after the washer starts agitating. Then do a full wash on hot after with nothing added to get everything rinsed out. If you still have the stinkies after this I will be completely shocked.
 

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Try washing them again with more detergent with no enzymes like Sun (1/8 cup) and use Borax (1/4 cup). Borax is more gentle on your diapers than bleach. Do another hot wash with nothing in it to make sure there are no bubbles. Then do a double cold rinse.
 

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You've been through everything,
What kind of water do you have? Sounds like hard water to me, ugh. I have hard water too.

I agree, try washing with more detergent or more sportwash. There was a thread recently about how sportwash used regularly can help remove detergent residue. I think it was by USAmma.

I totally agree that stink is usually caused by germs, but if your stink is germy stink, then why didn't the boiling work? If you do decide to try bleach, I would bleach just one, rinse, soak it in oxyclean to stop the bleach reaction, then launder as usual. I wouldn't want to bleach them all to find out it didn't work or your ds's bum hates bleach, yk?

You could also try microwaving one. Damp, clean diaper folded and placed in a gallon size freezer ziplock bag, squeeze out the air and seal. Microwave on high for 10 minutes, allow to cool in the bag. Dry as usual. But I don't know if this will work because again, boiling should have killed any lingering germs.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks so much for feedback!


There are two kinds of stinks going here: I have stink in the dipes, only after he pees. It's really strong (like, it burns my eyes) amonia. I assumed it was detergent build-up (probably from formerly using Purex Baby, which has some kind of scent in it) b/c when I did do the boiling, the foam rose right to the top of the pot. I did the residue tests (checked for suds in the final hot wash - there were none - and crunched them up to listen for sudsy sounds - there were none) before drying, and I smelled them (perfectly clean - no funk smell, no amonia smell, no detergent smell), so I thought I fixed 'em...but there was nasty, burny amonia smell in the morning again.

The *other* stink is the funky bacteria stink, and it's only on our Bummis covers. Those I did not boil, b/c I thought that might wreck their waterproof-ness. Can those be boiled safely? I'm pretty convinced that the boiling got any bacteria out of the dipes, but maybe I didn't do it long enough...or maybe I need to do it again to kill the residue.... Ack! I'm so frustrated.

One more Q: How do you tell if you have hard or soft water? We've never had issues w/ water before (doesn't leave marks on our tub or shower or anything like that), so I've been assuming our water is just normal...but again, I really don't know.

Thanks again for feedback. We've been CDing for 19 of 20 months of DS's life and I still feel like a clueless novice b/c we've just never had any problems at all 'til now.
 

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I was searching for some stink answers myself. I have the horrible amonia smell as well. I think my problem is too little detergent. I started using less once I read a bunch of posts on here. I'm going to try more detergent in my next wash, hopefully thats it.

Original pp I know this didn't help you but thanks for asking the question and I hope you get your stink out soon as well!
 

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When I had ammonia stink I started using Calgon water softener in my wash cycle to cut back on how much detergent I needed. My water softener was broken at the time. I never had ammonia stink during the day again, although the morning dipe was kind of stinky.

I agree that I'd bleach the dipes before I'd give up.
 

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Every 1-2 months, I need to add a tiny bit of bleach into my wash (less than 1/4 cup, but I have a front loader). I then rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse... because dd is very sensitive to it.

But even when everything is perfect, there is a smell in the morning, or when she sits in a diaper for too long (like at daycare
: ). I figure that is normal, since anything would stink with pee in it after a while.
 

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Using oxyclean after using chlorine bleach will help neutralize the chlorine bleach and reduce the number of rinses you need.

And Jenny, calgon does squat in my wash routine. I would probably need the whole bottle to have an effect. :LOL
 

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Bleach, bleach, bleach! Bleach will kill any bacteria on them...(I would even bleach the bummis to be honest....) Ive bleached my proraps, bummis, cpf's and a few times my fitteds....I'd rather kill the bacteria than worry about it hurting the dipes....good luck!
 
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