Also, if switching from the "all natural" causes concern, Dawn touts itself as being good for the environment as it is used to clean up oil spills and is safe on animal and plant life. However, if you have qualms about supporting big corporate America...
Well, I'm as concerned a citizen as anyone, but there is "perfect world" and there is "reality"...at this point, whatever WORKS is what I'm going to do. Thanks again! I washed a bunch of her diapers yesterday in Dawn with TTO (accidentally dumped A LOT in, whoops, so it did kind of smell like TTO--but no stink)
Kinda off topic but I just thought I'd mention that I found a local store that carries Rockin' Green! Its called Nurturing Nature and its in a strip mall across the street from Toys R' Us on Broadway at Wilmot. You should go there anyway. They have lots of cool stuff!
I don't know if this would help at all, but do you know how hot your water gets in your washer? I have been having rash issues for a long time (most likely yeast though) and tried EVERYthing and finally realized that putting it on "hot" was more like warm. So I turn our water heater ALL the way up when I do diapers now and then turn it back down when I'm done. I don't do hot washes very often - usually just warm - and it's never been a problem otherwise but I think that was our problem b/c ever since I've done that she hasn't had any rashes.
Keith & Martha 7/24/1999
Levi Nathanael, 3.25.07; Evelyn Fayth, 4.16.11
Back in cloth today for the first time in a week...so far so good (especially since last time I tried putting her back in, she got a bad rash in the 4 hours she was in cloth!) Washed EVERYTHING in Dawn and TTO...fingers crossed...
(Interesting about the hot water heater. I'll have to look into that if this doesn't fix it.)
I am in need of a solution for rashes here as well. My DD has been getting rashes off and on for weeks now and I cannot figure out the pattern. Her doctor looked at the rash and he suspects a food allergy. My concern all this time is that it has to do with her diapers instead. She eats the same things everyday but the rash is only there some days. She does eat a TON of fruit though and your comments about that has got me thinking.
But like you said, I don't want to stop giving her fruit. She doesn't eat many veggies or meat so what would she eat besides crackers, goldfish, yogurt and cheese?? Tonight alone she ate some of the following: apples, banana, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, blackberries and cherries. The only other things she ate were a few crackers, some cheese, and some pureed squash mixed with yogurt.
So now I am wondering if it's a fruit issue or a diaper (detergent, etc.) issue. I hate diaper rash.
Kayla I think I read somewhere that a lot of fruit can make their waste acidic which can definitely give them a rash. Hopefully someone else can add or dispute this.
Leigh, I hope everything is going well being back in CDs. KUP!
I have a crazy fruit lover too (we call her "fruit bat"--did I say that already? This is a long thread!) and I really do think it is related...one of the worst rashes she ever had was after eating 2/3 of a HUGE papaya in 2 days...looked it up on the internet and it is a major diaper rash culprit So, could be fruit, because some are more acidic/problematic than others, you know? Still, I really don't want to stop with fruit, for the nutrition...and the happiness. (Seriously, grocery cart straps are put to the test when we walk through the produce section...)
I did wash ALL her diapers in Dawn and TTO now, and most of them are stinkless (although not the Kawaii inserts, but I'm only doing sposies at night for now so that isn't an issue since they were my night diapers) She's been back in them for two days now--Sunbabies at daycare and PFs at home--and so far so good. She's been a little red but nothing I would call a major issue. Not judging by what we're used to at this point, anyway So...so far so good?
Wow, totally off topic but there is a SPECTACULAR sunset happening right outside the window in front of my computer right now.........couldn't not mention it. Excuse me while I go enjoy it for a minute--DH is putting Addy to bed
Ugh. I really hate to say it, but I'm pretty much about to give up. I have tried absolutely every single thing suggested here and anywhere else I can find, and her diapers still stink and still aren't absorbing right (I tested absorbency by dropping a little water on a clean one yesterday and was able to walk from the kitchen all the way to show DH in the living room and it never did soak in. Just sat as a bead on the surface, rolling around and eventually off the sides). The super frustrating part is that I have never used ANYTHING on them but cloth-friendly detergents, and my machine is brand new. How did it get this bad??? I know I have really hard water, but it's the same city water that Erin has.
Anyway, she's still got a rash and is back in sposies, unless I can come up with a miracle.