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September 1st, 2013, 03:56 PM
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My cloth diapers have a little stink. I'm washing them again but if the stink is still there what do I do? Any tricks? Tips?
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September 1st, 2013, 05:49 PM
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I had a HUGE stink issue....it started with using a front loader and not getting enough water. I remember reading a tip once about water usage...you want to use as much water as possible when rinsing because otherwise you're rinsing in pee filled water, which causes the ammonia buildup and stink issues. Try adding an extra cold rinse cycle to the beginning of your wash routine.

Mine got so bad, I eventually broke down and just bleached everything...even my FBs which is not recommended....but I was at my wit's end, it was ridiculous! It worked though, and now I'm back to using my top loader and a running a full cold water wash cycle before doing my hot wash with detergent and no more stink issues!
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September 1st, 2013, 05:54 PM
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Mine got so bad, I eventually broke down and just bleached everything...even my FBs which is not recommended
How much bleach did you use? I've always wanted to try bleaching, but I'm afraid it will ruin the prints. Did you bleach everything or just the inserts?

I agree about the extra rinse in the beginning though. I don't want my diapers getting washed in pee/poop water!
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September 1st, 2013, 06:03 PM
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1/4 cup and the washer was completely filled, doesn't seem like a lot but it got the job done! I bleached everything because not only could I not get rid of stink, we were also battling yeast. I had attempted stripping multiple times with hot soaks, blue dawn, etc and nothing was working. I have mostly fuzzibunz and bumgenius, with a few random kawaii's and oh katy's.
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September 1st, 2013, 09:47 PM
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Bleach is awesome I have an HE FLer too. I started having big problems when M began eating solids, I finally used bleach thinking it would make my diapers disintegrate or something, but nope. Just perfectly clean and beautiful diapers for once. Ha!!! I have been using bleach pretty regularly since M was about 8 months old. I also use the sanitary cycle quite often, which you are also not "supposed" to do. I also don't believe in CD safe detergent. AND also I stopped caring about line drying covers and I just throw everything into the dryer now!!! Amazingly, almost everything I've ever had has done 100% fine with this rough treatment. I have prefolds and PUL covers and some fitteds, the only bad effects I have noticed are with bamboo terry, it gets quite shrunken and less stretchy. Still functional and absorbent, but not the same texture at all. But yeah, after 2+ years straight of CDing, I have stopped caring about the "advice" and especially the manufacturer's directions, which I'm convinced exist only so that they will not have to honor their warranty, since no one can possibly get dirty diapers clean with only warm water and a small amount of eco friendly detergent. That doesn't even get my clothes clean!!! Lol.
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September 3rd, 2013, 12:02 PM
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I wash my CD with Tide Original Powder. My wash routine is--cold rinse, hot wash on the heavy duty setting, and an extra hot rinse. I also add vinegar (about 1/2 cup) once every few washes. I haven't had a problem with stink yet
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September 4th, 2013, 03:35 AM
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I got stink in mine. I think it was the detergent. It happened a couple of weeks after switching to a CD detergent from regular... I have a front loader HE. To ward off stink, I do a cold speedwash with no spin and then do a hot wash with an extra rinse. The no spin in the first gets more water in the second since the load is heavier. To get rid of the stink, I did 5 consecutive speedwashes on hot, no spin for the first four, spin only on the last to put in the dryer. Since I used the speedwashes, it only took a couple of hours instead of all day. Oh, and I set it to heavy soil, too. Hope this helps! Good luck!
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September 4th, 2013, 06:59 AM
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Thanks girls!
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September 4th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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I have a front loader too and so far found a rinse and spin with cold water and then a hot water normal wash with heavy soil and add more water when it starts to run, extra rinse and Rockin green detergent works well for us. I also sun them if needed. I had one that still had BF staining from Zack and sunned it and was amazed that 99.9% of the stain was gone
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September 4th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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^^ Yes! I don't remember BF poop staining so bad, but sheesh!! The sun is AMAZING!!
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September 4th, 2013, 07:59 PM
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I so need to sun. How do you do it? Do you lay them out on some kind of table? Or pin them to a drying rack? I don't have a line and there really isn't a way that works to put one up. I'm just not sure how to lay them out to get the sun to them and the stains out. I also feel stupid asking this...
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September 5th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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I don't have a line outside either, plus my backyard is too shady. I don't think my neighbors want to see my diapers in the front yard. I have a window that I set my diapers by if I want to sun them. I have a top loader so I don't have too many stink issues. One thing that worked for me once we reached the toddler stinky pee stage was baking soda. I did a soak for a couple hours minimum (overnight works best) in cold water with a cup of baking soda. Then I went through my regular wash cycle. I did the soak maybe once a month. Then I would add a little baking soda to my cold rinse before doing the hot wash. Sometimes it's just a little trial and error with diapers
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September 6th, 2013, 07:26 AM
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I started out using one like this until I got a retractable 5 line one. The other day I only had a couple that needed sunning so I just layed them on the back of my patio chairs. I just lay them out and thats it. I don't put anything on them.
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