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We got a late start on CD'ing but have been at this for the past 11 months. My daughter is now 21 mos.<br>
We use FuzziBunz pocket dipes with one regular insert and a diaper-doubler insert during the day and a reg. insert plus 2 diaper doublers at night, as she wets alot at night.<br>
Anyway, she is well under the size limit of the size large dipes we have her in and even with the one extra doubler during the day, she leaks out of her diapers onto her clothing at least once, sometimes four times, every day! It wasn't always this way. She was fine for a long time after we started using the doublers. But now she's always leaking.<br>
Could this be because I started using static remover sheets in the dryer? That is the only thing that changed other than a normal increase in her weight, but like I said, she's well within the normal size range. Could the diapers just be getting old? How long do they last anyway? I was hoping to use them with the next child, is that wishful thinking?<br>
Anyway, I know you aren't supposed to use fabric softener but I thought maybe the dryer sheets were okay? Since winter, we've had crazy sparky static. How do you deal with that and not use fabric softener or dryer sheets?<br>
Anyway, any advice on the static or the leaks, greatly appreciated. It is pure laziness on my part that I have not started potty training her, which really would put an end to these problems, I realize.<br>
Thanks in advance.
 

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I'm pretty sure that the dryer sheets fall in the same category as fabric softener. They very well could be leaving a film on your diapers causing them to repel. Maybe try stripping them?
 

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Yep, I bet it is the dryer sheets.<br>
You can use just plain vinegar as a fabric softner, it doesn't make your clothes/diaper smell like vinegar.
 

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i agree with the pp's... dryer sheets make cloth diapers leak.<br><br>
btw, your dd's pretty young to be potty-trained. i don't think you're lazy. (avg. age for girls is 3 and boys is 3 1/2.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm pretty sure that the dryer sheets fall in the same category as fabric softener. They very well could be leaving a film on your diapers causing them to repel. Maybe try stripping them?</div>
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How does one "strip" them? I've never done that before.<br>
Thanks to all for the helpful feedback.<br>
To use vinegar in the wash, how much and do I just pour it in with the soap?
 

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Put the vinegar in on the rinse cycle, just like fabric softner. You can get one of those reusable balls.<br><br>
I've not done stripping but I've seen directions on the major diaper sites.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How does one "strip" them? I've never done that before.<br>
Thanks to all for the helpful feedback.<br>
To use vinegar in the wash, how much and do I just pour it in with the soap?</div>
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Here are directions for stripping from <a href="http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/resources/thedetergentdebate.html" target="_blank">Jillian's Drawers</a>:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Use 1 capful of <a href="http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/store/sensiclean.html" target="_blank">Sensi-Clean</a> on a warm cycle to strip them. Follow this wash with two more hot washes to remove any Sensi-Clean residue and then dry. Sensi-Clean (also labelled as Sports-Wash) is biodegradable and is made from vegetable based surfactants. A very small percentage of babies are allergic to Sensi-Clean and will develop a severe rash after its use. For this reason, remember to rinse the diapers with at least two hot washes and watch your baby's bottom closely for any reaction. Alternatively, you can use 1/16 - 1/8 cup of Dawn Original dish detergent instead, although we have not found this method to be nearly as effective.</td>
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As for the vinegar, I'm not sure how much to use, but I think that you're suppose to put it in the fabric softener dispenser.
 

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Dryer sheets work the same way liquid softener does - they deposit a waxy residue on the fibers to make them feel "Soft".<br><br>
It's fine to use them on your fleece or PUL covers, but NOT on a fleece liner, any of your doublers, stuffers, fitteds, contours, AIOS, or any other part of your diapering system.<br><br>
A Downy ball full of vinegar works fine as a softener, but is not *as* good for static. However, I prefer static to leaking pee everywhere <LOL!>
 
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