Help- covers no longer pee-proof!

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Help- covers no longer pee-proof!

So, a friend of mine has just written asking for help, but I don't know what to tell her, as I've never had this issue.

Her son is 7 mos old and has been in cloth since day 1. He wears flats and Thirsties Duo covers. So she says that they've just moved up to the second size of covers, and while she'll keep these size 1s around for a possible second baby as back up, she's pretty sure she'll need to buy a new set of covers for baby #2, as these ones are all leaking- not out the leg, but through the fabric.

Her wash routine is generally to wash at 40*C about once a week (for the covers, not diapers). Once a month or so she would do a high heat wash at 90*C. She lives in Europe, and does not have a dryer, and has to use whatever detergent she can find- not necessarily a CD friendly one, BUT, she isn't having any issues with her diapers- just the covers.

She said she noticed the issue in the last two months. He was outgrowing the covers rise- so the diaper would sometimes peak out the top, but, he would have wet stains on his clothes (probably from the diaper peeking out) and the front of the cover would be wet too.

She's just wondering if there is some way she can change her care routine to not run into the same issue with the size 2s.

So have you ever run into your covers no longer being waterproof? Anything she can do?

TIA!

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Oddly enough a mom was telling me at the CD meeting here on Monday that she had issues with her flip covers no longer working after 9ish months of use. No idea why! I do know it's natural for covers to eventually break down from use, time, drying, etc. I have no idea if there's an answer to make it work. I wouldn't think detergent would make that big of a difference to covers. She never uses bleach does she? I know I've read somewhere along the way people having issues with covers and bleach. Hopefully someone else on here will have an idea!

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Thanks, Jackie!

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Weird...I don't have any real advice but I just wanted to add that I had Flip covers and I used them for 14+ months with no issue (and I did put them through the dryer sometimes)...just passed them along to a friend!

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PUL does eventually degrade. Bleach and high heat speed up the process. I've been using some of my Thirsties for over 18 months and the PUL is just fine. The elastic has seen better days though.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

PUL does eventually degrade. Bleach and high heat speed up the process. I've been using some of my Thirsties for over 18 months and the PUL is just fine. The elastic has seen better days though.

This is what I don't get. I am still using all my same covers since Beni was little too- now on Zintis- and I haven't had any leak like that. And I've washed them in super hot, and I used to regularly dry them.

What I don't get- why would drying them now and then help, but washing too hot break them down?

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Maybe a combo of detergent and high heat?

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"Marite13" wrote:

What I don't get- why would drying them now and then help, but washing too hot break them down?

The (incorrect) thought is that occasionally drying in them in the dryer "seals" the PUL. Its nonsense. It miiiiiight help close larger holes around the seams but it won't help the majority of the fabric.

I'm thinking something with the pH of her water, maybe?

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

The (incorrect) thought is that occasionally drying in them in the dryer "seals" the PUL. Its nonsense. It miiiiiight help close larger holes around the seams but it won't help the majority of the fabric.

I'm thinking something with the pH of her water, maybe?

I totally agree! The whole drying PUL thing to reseal it has never made sense to me. If it gets hot enough to seal holes, wouldn't that mean it's melting?? So, IF the dryer got hot enough to seal holes, wouldn't it just melt the PUL all together? Now, I can see how heat could degrade if over time (in the washer or dryer) and make it ineffective. Much like how elastic degrades over time.