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.