Saturday, September 19, 2009


It's happened.
I was scared it would...
and it did!


There's a super strong ammonia smell after he pees in the diaper. I wash them and they smell so fresh and so clean clean, but about 5 minutes after I take them off of Caden, it's stink city. So far I've tried switching my detergent, extra hot rinse, and striping them with Rockin Green Soap (how it says on instructions.)

I don't know what is causing the stink either. Can it be my hard water?!?! OR is it because of build-up? I don't use a bunch of detergent though and I ALWAYS run 2 hot cycles after the cycle with detergent!

I don't know what to do... I'm heading to Krogers later today for some Bac-Out though.

I will not give up on my BEAUTIFUL cloth diapers! Anyone have suggestions?!?!


Melissa said...

Do you have hard water? I've read a lot latly about using Calgon to soften the water.
Here is Psychic Sandwich talking about it. I'm going to try it myself!

Pamela said...

The cloth diaper whisperer just addressed this, as did Dirty Diaper Laundry. I don't have the urls, but consult the googles. They will show you the way.

shang09 said...

Found these 2 threads on diaperswappers.

Family of the Cloth said...

Try doing a few rinses with no additives. Check during the rinse to make sure there are no bubbles. If that doesn't work, you might try some calgon, which I hear is great for hard water.

Brie H said...

I have no idea about hard water, but mine were doing the same thing and I used a few drops of tea tree oil in the wash and it doesn't stopped. Have you sunned them? I can't because our apt patio doesn't get any sun, but I heard that works too. But like I said I am not sure if those two solutions would work if it is hard water.

BabeeLove said...

I've had a few do that to me too. But they were washed differently. I just used some new cd's and did the 3 hot wash's w/detergetn (I use All Free & Clear) and they don't have the ammonia smell, yet. Good luck :)

Denise said...

I have better success with running a cold water rinse after the hot wash, I've also added 1/2 cup of baking soda to my cold rinse & then doing another cold rinse to be sure everything is out.

I have a friend who swears by putting 2 tablespoons of bleach in with the soakers only (wash separate from covers) at least once every two weeks to kill anything that might be lurking.

dotcomkari said...

sounds to me like you may need to strip your diapers.. they get a lot of build up in them and that is what causes the stink! :)