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I know this has been talked about recently, but this board moves so fast, and I didn't subscribe to any of the threads


I have a few diapers that stink really bad as soon as dd wets. I can't figure out how to "fix" them. I saw someone mention stripping them, but don't know what that is.

Can anyone offer advice, or just send me in the right direction with a link to find out?

Thanks so much
 

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What kind of detergent are you using, mama? I was using All Free Clear until just a couple of days ago. A couple of my diapers started to stink, even right after a wash.
One wash with Era and it's already gone.
You can add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your hot long wash cycle and rinse, rinse, rinse. Also if you add a couple of drops of dawn dish detergent to a load of diapers, it strips all the build up and residue. You may have to run them through 7-8 wash cycles with no soap to get all the bubbles out.
 

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Originally Posted by veganmomma
Thanks for the ideas. I'm using Seventh Generation free and clear detergent.
Most free and clear detergents don't get diapers clean enough. I held onto mine as long as I could.
Also if you decide to keep using it, make sure it doens't have any citrus oil in it. It will leave a film on your diapers and make them smelly and unabsorbant. Most people recommend Tide. Ick! I don't like it at all. It smells and everyone in my family gets a rash from it. :LOL
 

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I'd start by adding at least 10 drops of TeaTreeOil to your hot wash.
Some have even talked about putting a few drops on a wash cloth and then putting the wash cloth in the dryer with your diapers... I haven't done that yet but I keep meaning to!
 

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Strip wash them is washing in just hot water over and over (some add oxyclean or calgon to the first wash) until you don't see anymore bubbles. It gets rid of built up detergent and gunk that can cause a smell even when diapers are clean. I've found this to be the *only* solution to stinky diapers - anything else is just covering up a smell. Clean diapers should not smell!
 

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Seems the detergent buildup can be worse if you have hard water (takes a lot of soap to get lather) & that's when the calgon helps most. For soft water, you only meed a teeny bit of detergent, more creates buildup & skunky stink.
 
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