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I should probably start out mentioning that I have part time cloth diapered all of my kids. I mainly use prefolds and fuzzibunz but I do sew and have some homemade fitteds I use on occasion. I've pretty much been sticking with the prefolds because I thought maybe our problem was the diapers being too thick and not getting clean. I just don't ever remember having problems like this before.<br><br>
I just can't figure out what is wrong with the diapers. Every time I do cloth both my toddlers develop horrible red sores on their bottoms within 2 days. It was really bad yesterday so I just went and bought them disposables because the sores were starting to bleed. Their bottoms are already clearing up so there has to be something wrong with the diapers. I'd much rather have them in cloth but I don't want them to be uncomfortable either. I have just been putting them in pinned prefolds with no covers so they have been getting changed pretty frequently since I can tell immediately when they are wet.<br><br>
I do 2 washes- first on cold and the second on hot. I use a very small amount of Arm and Hammer detergent with both loads. I generally hang to dry to save money but I also had the same problem when I was drying them in the dryer.
 

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maybe you have yeast in the diapers? You need to wash them really really hot( maybe even boil) and dry on hot heat. Hopefully that will solve your problem.. also maybe try a fleece liner in the cpfs
 

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Is it possible you have build up? Wash on the hottest water possible and look for bubbles. If it's just prefolds, you can even boil them in a stock pot on the stove.
 

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Does it happen with your fuzzi bunz also? If it's just the prefolds and not the fuzzis it may be their urine is burning their skin. Have they added anything new to their diet lately like citrus? The acidity of urine can change with food consumption.
 

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Is the arm and hammer detergent the one with enzymes????? If so, I've heard HORRIFIC stories about bleeding, raw, deep sores on babies whose mama's use this detergent. If this is what you are using, DITCH IT IMMEDIATELY! I've found that the cheaper the detergent, the better it is for my dipes oddly enough! Also, how much are you using? Maybe you are using too much and maybe you have build-up? Build-up rash is NOT cool at all. My dd had it once and her rash was absolutely awful, kinda like a burn. To strip detergent build-up, wash on hot hot hot water with no detergent over and over again until you see no more suds. Some people like to put in some vinegar to release suds and cut that build-up down a bit but make sure to rinse or wash after that vinegar because it's acidic and can make rashes or make them worse. To strip fuzzi bunz, get some Dawn dishsoap(like you wash your dishes with) and put a little on the fleece part and scrub with a toothbrush. We had MAJOR leaking issues iwth ours and I did this and now they are like new again(and it got out a few stains that I thought were set-in). Try these solutions and see where you need to go from there. It might very well be detergent build-up that's causing these rashes. Or it could be your detergent. Try using a different detergent for a few days to see if that's the issue. Best of luck to you. We were having terrible terrible leaks and I was so frustrated with my cloth. I'm happy to say that with a good fuzzi bunz stripping and learning the jelly roll fold for my prefolds, we are in hog heaven with cloth once more!<br><br>
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It sounds like your kids may be allergic to your detergent. Strip your diapers on HOT with your water heater up as high as it will go until you see nol more suds. Then switch detergents. I recommend trying Sensi-Clean. It won't build up on your diapers and it's especially made for sensitive skin.
 

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I agree with the pp, ditch the A&H. I like Windfresh from Sam's club. I also find the the cheap stuff works better for diapers because it doesn't have all the additives.<br><br>
The second thing I would suggest is to put detergent only in your first wash.
 

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What is the best brand of detergent to get and exactly how much of it should I use per load? I don't have a Sam's membership for the one listed above. I used to use BioKleen. Maybe I should go back to that.<br><br>
I guess I'll just round up all the diapers and run them through a few loads with no detergent and see if that works. Thanks for the help.
 

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I use Bi-o-Kleen...about 1/4 of the tiny cup they have in there, but I have a FL so don't need to use much. Also had fine luck with Tide F&C for HE washers...
 

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I gave up on cloth for ds b/c his penis always gets red! Using fleece liners helps, but stripping doesn't. And I've used different detergents! He's always been sensitive, getting red off and on on his penis and skin above it. Since he's only in dipes at night, I decided to just go for the sposies and forget about it.<br><br>
Anyway, I hear ya on wanting to give up!! Going on a break to figure things out isn't a crime...not in my book, anyway! I've always been off and on. Esp. when your kids are getting mysterious rashes/sore. Can't have that!!<br><br>
Have you tried using diaper cream of some sort for every change, see if that helps protect? That's helped us in the past....
 

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We have hard water so detergent doesn't work as well but I use more not less detergent once a month. I actually use liquid dish soap, I find it works better and washs cleaner.<br>
A realy soft wool liner, machine washable is the way I would go.<br>
Wool is anti bacterial and wicks moisture away, it also stays dry even when it has 30-40% of it's weight in moisture.<br>
A soft wool interlock or woven wool/cashmere liner , the lanoline in the wool also conditions the skin.<br>
Since you said you sew a bit, you could buy the wool and make them your self.<br>
Good luck mom, no one would blame you for wanting to give up!
 

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I just want to reiterate ditching that detergent. It's horrible, horrible stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I use <a href="http://www.sweetgrassonline.com" target="_blank">www.sweetgrassonline.com</a> lavender detergent. I might try Barbs liquid dish soap idea too, sounds interesting.<br><br>
Hope your ds feels better!
 

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pretty much any detergent will work (except the ones with builtin softeners or whiteners) it depends on what you like.<br><br>
I agree though, ditch the A&H and try something else.<br><br>
I use tide...we have bought tide free for years and years (dh's skin issues) and it works AOK for diapers too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
sun and earth is now carried at most stores, and it's a good detergent (albiet $$)<br><br>
I buy "scent away" (found at hunting shops) which is basically "sportswash" (and the same exact thing, made by the same company as sensiclean btw) but cheaper and easier to find <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I use this primarily on my pockets and pul items. I found that JUST the scentaway/sportswash didn't get the things clean enough, but tide + it did a great job <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Ditch the A&H and pick something else <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
(stay away from wisk though...hehee...it's the ONLY thing i'm allergic too! i'm nuts...)
 

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I'm going to also say it's likely the A&H. Back oh a year ago I started reading that they changed the formula, and now there are enzymes in it that just do a horrible number on the skin. (for some people)<br><br>
I had already noticed that the smell of it had changed; before I thought the A&H smelled like candy (and I liked that), but it changed to just the same sort of bland detergent smell.<br><br>
IMO it's either the detergent or it's yeast.
 
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