Mothering Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,618 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
We use pockets and they are really starting to stink. I'm reading all the advice on stripping and it seems like using original Tide is the key to keeping away the stink. The only problem is I can't use that on DD because she breaks out in hives. The only wash routine that seems to work for all her clothing and anything she touches is to only use Tide Free and Clear. We also have very hard water.<br><br>
Over Thanksgiving we will be at my parent's house and they have soft water, so I plan on stripping them there.<br><br>
What should I try...bleach? Baking soda? Boiling? Oxi Clean (she doesn't seem to react to this either)?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,206 Posts
Don't listen to the Tide hype. I was just reading a long thread about how diapers still stink with Tide.<br><br>
For everyday, the key is to soften the water. A whole-house softener is ideal, but if you can't do this, try adding 1 cap of Calgon water softener to the hot wash when you wash diapers (every time.) This will really help.<br><br>
Second is that I use real bleach. I use one tablespoon, well-diluted, every few weeks in the hot wash. No matter what detergent you use, or your water quality, bacteria will build up in the layers of the diapers over time, and that is what makes stink. It also helps to wash them with more detergent than you might think for the first hot wash, and then be prepared to do 1 or 2 more full hot washes without detergent to get it all out.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,618 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
We're renters, so we can't put in a water softener, but I will try the Calgon. Thanks!<br><br>
Is there anything else you would recommend to get the stink out now? I mean they are really starting to smell nasty.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,082 Posts
When I strip my diapers I turn my hot water heater up (use caution!), add a squirt of Dawn to the machine, and wash wash wash on hot until I don't see anymore bubbles. It takes a lot of rinses sometimes, but does the trick. I think hot water is much more effective than cold so I usually skip the cold rinses and keep running hot ones. I have a top loader, so it might be different for a front loader.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43,705 Posts
I used to use bleach occasionally- maybe once or twice a year?<br><br>
I'd use about 1/2 cup of bleach in the load, then do a complete load after that (with detergent) to completely get all the bleach residue out of the diaper before they go in the drier.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
216 Posts
I've had to strip my dipes one time in over a year of use and I used a squirt of dawn and just kept running them thru with hot water until they stopped sudsing. It didn't take too long.<br>
Also, during our first several months(before stripping) I tried many different washing combos, with different detergents and Bac-out and what not. I make our own laundry soap with grated castile soap, borax, and washing soad, a 2:1:1 ratio. <a href="http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/whats-hiding-in-your-laundry-161685/" target="_blank">Here</a> is a link as to why I make our laundry detergent.<br>
But for our dipes now, I do a cold rinse, cold soak(overnight) with 1 cup vinegar, and then hot wash with 2 tbsp Borax/washing soda mixture(no soap flakes) & a small scoop of oxiclean. I was using a cup of hydrogen peroxide, but the oxiclean was cheaper and basically the same thing. I haven't had any stink return with this method in over 7 months.<br>
Personally I wouldn't use bleach, but we don't use bleach in our home at all. I have read not to use vinegar or borax with cloth diapers, but I've never had any problems and my dipes are not stained and don't smell!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,206 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>Evie's Mama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/14695306"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">We're renters, so we can't put in a water softener, but I will try the Calgon. Thanks!<br><br>
Is there anything else you would recommend to get the stink out now? I mean they are really starting to smell nasty.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
<br>
Bleach. 1 Tablespoon in a glass of water. Add it to the hot wash about 2 minutes after it starts agitating. Then wash again on hot with nothing to get it rinsed.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,618 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Hi Mama Lo! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> You'll have to come to the next HMN meeting on cleaners and teach us all how to make laundry detergent! Where do you get the castille soap?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
216 Posts
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br>
I found Kirk's Castile soap bars at Hyvee in with their body bar soaps. I'm thinking it's $0.89 a bar.<br>
Funny, I was thinking that I didn't really need to go next month because I already do the homemade cleaners, but I never thought about sharing my ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
216 Posts
I have to add that I did try Calgon and Bac-out, never did them for very long because they're quite pricey <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">. Around us I've found Calgon to be $5 for a tiny little bottle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes"> I was trying to figure out a routine for the least amt of money and the least amount of chemicals.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,236 Posts
Add a cup of vinegar to the wash load, right at the beginning. It brings down the ph of the diapers so soap can work more effectively. Pee/ammonia diapers are, I think 8 or 9 on the PH scale. Soap/detergent works best at neutral pH's. It also softens the water.<br><br>
Ami
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top