Tuesday, June 5, 2012

diaper stripping

Ten months in, we're loving our cloth diapers.

I'm careful to use only cloth-diaper-safe detergent (Charlie's Soap) and diaper rash ointment that won't ruin the absorbing magic of my diapers (GroVia Magic Stick).

Recently, however, they have been stinking it up.

First, I thought Henry's pee just smelled that strong. Then he started getting little blisters in his nether regions. So naturally, I started googling and found that most likely he was getting ammonia burn. Holy mom guilt!

Last night I did my first attempt at stripping aka removing all the nasty.

Pocket inserts and prefolds
1. One teaspoon (for HE machines) of Dawn dish detergent* 
2. 1/4 cup bleach in the wash cycle.
3. Normal diaper cycle (I do "Whitest White" with extra rinse)
4. Hot rinse again
5. Hot rinse again
6. Dry as normal.

*They say to use the blue formula. I used green because I was lazy and didn't want to go to the store.

Same as above minus the bleach.

This morning they smelled neutral which I feel might be a good sign. Fingers crossed!


  1. I used to bother with cloth diaper safe detergent and had all kinds of problems. I found myself on Diaper Swappers and had my eyes opened to the wonders of Tide Free and Gentle. It's amazing. I use a nice big scoop and never have the slightest stink, rash, or redness. Might be worth a shot!

  2. Did the blisters clear up after you stripped? I think that's what's going on with my little guy...ugh. The diapers have recently started stinking to high heaven and now it looks red down there and he is HATING having his diaper changed. I feel awful. Right now I have him disposables for the time being. Was going to attempt stripping them tomorrow!