I feel bad for not making cloth work.
So.. I wanted so badly to cloth diaper. I got a great deal on some second hand diaps from a friend. I tried when she was just a few weeks old, but she has no butt and they wouldn't stay on (even the xs's). When she was 6 weeks old, I tried again and it worked better, but still only SOME of my diaps fit. When she was 6 months old, we were fully cloth during the day.. but I couldn't get the cleaning right. We'd go from poopy smell to ammonia smell and repeat. I have a HE front loader and didn't have time to soak them in the tub every 2 days. So I started loading them up and taking them to my mom's house (she has a top loader), but my ADHD homeschooler doesn't school well there. Too many fun distractions. And I can't stand to be there for 4 hours twice a week (her house is so unkept). So the last 2 times we went, I rushed the job. Came home and had them stink fresh out of the dryer (I'd bring them home wet to dry). So I went back the next day and soaked them and soaked them and soaked them, and washed them and soaked them and washed them, and rinsed them and ......... I thought I rinsed them enough, but first one worn and as soon as she peed, helloooo ammonia!
So... we have been full time disposables since two weeks before Thanksgiving.
I'm in a state in my life where I'm barely getting the clothes washed and barely getting the floors swept and DH is lucky if he doesn't have to get a dish out of the dishwasher to use cause they aren't making it to the cupboards. So I really don't have time to strip the diapers and soak and rinse and all that. And it would be a FULL day of washing them before using them, cause after that 1st one presented with ammonia smell, I just put them all right back in the wet bag and they've been sitting this whole time.
I feel bad that I wasn't able to make it work, cause not only did we spend a ton of money on it (I bought a second set of diaps from my friend when she started outgrowing the first set), but now we are spending money on sposies anyway. :(
Okay.. so this was mostly for my benefit, a vent, get it off my chest and what not.
But what would you all recommend for me to do with the diaps that have been sitting with the ammonia issue for 4+ weeks. I'm thinking I should take them to the consignment store or put them on craigslist an whatnot.. but I can't do that until they are clean. How do I clean them now? Am I screwed? Thanks.