8.14.2012

Stripping cloth diapers

Today I stripped my diapers. Noah has woken up the past two mornings crying. Not just fussing, wanting me to get him out of the crib crying, but really crying. Usually when he's crying I can pick him up and his problems are solved, but the past two mornings have been different. He has been really crying. I'm talking serious tears that stream into his ears while I change his diaper. The past two mornings I' have found his diaper area to be red and he doesn't stop crying until he is wiped clean, slathered in CJ's Butter and in a new diaper. Poor baby! I even found a couple spots of blood on his nighttime diaper this morning from all the irritation. So today, I decided to strip my diapers.

If you're new to cloth and curious about stripping, hopefully this post will help you!

What does it mean to strip cloth diapers?
Stripping means to rid the diapers of any residue in the diaper.  The residue can be build up from detergents or diaper creams or it can be from ammonia build up that occurs over time.

When to strip cloth diapers
If you are experiencing any of the problems below, you should strip your diapers!

  • Diapers aren't as absorbent as they once were
  • Diapers don't smell clean after being washed
  • Strong smell after being peed in 
  • Lots of leaks
  • Repelling (diapers not absorbing at all)
  • Irritation on babies skin after wearing a diaper


How to strip cloth diapers

  1. Load your diapers into your washer as you normally would. 
  2. Run a pre-rinse cycle with just hot water.
  3. Run a long, hot wash cycle with Original Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (1 Tbsp. for non HE machines, 1 tsp. for HE machines) and up to a 1/2 cup of regular bleach.
  4. Do two rinse cycles. 
  5. Complete rinse cycles until there are no longer any bubbles.


NOTE!

  • BumGenius recommends using bleach on your diapers, but it voids many other cloth diaper warranties! Be sure to check with your manufacturer recommendations before using bleach on your diapers. 
  • If you are having severe ammonia problems, there are other methods you should look into before deciding that this is the best one! 



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