I'll start with the stinkies. For whatever reason I can't get our dipes to quit smelling. I do a cold rinse, then a hot wash with coutry save and sometimes dawn, then another cold rinse. Sometimes I even wash them with detergent again if they are still really stinky. We have a diaper sprayer so we spray all the poos into the potty... But my diapers always smell like... well... diapers! Thoughts? Suggestions?
Now onto the rash problem. DS never has a single rash until he was 9 months and got a double ear infection. This gave him diarrhea which caused a rash. So I would put him in sposies to use diaper cream and now he gets a rash everytime we switch back to cloth. What the heck? At first I thought it might have been bc I used Charlie's detergent a couple times, but I've used it before with no problem and I've washed them half a dozen times since then... Seems like it shouldn't be a problem anymore. Anyone experience something similar? Help please!!
Have you tried stripping the diapers? If there's a lot of ammonia buildup, that could be causing both the smell and the diaper rash. Do you have hard water? That can also contribute. I add Calgon water softener to my wash loads, and it seems to help.
To strip, scrub them individually with Dawn in really hot water, then let them soak. Then do a cold water rinse and wash as normal. I've had to do this a couple of times, and it does work, or at least it did for me.
My daughter has only gotten a really bad rash when she's been teething or once when she got a staph infection (from the pediatrician's office!!!). But she has gotten minor rashes occasionally, and I noticed that they correspond to when her diapers get a strong ammonia smell. And when that happens, I've stripped them and the problem went away.
I hope this helps!
DD1 Rowan, 9/26/10
Expecting #2 in August 2013
I'm thinking that there's detergent being left in the diapers. Depending on your washer and the type of water you have (hard, soft, and if hard WHY it's hard), you have to change up what works for you. If you have softer water, make sure that there are zero bubbles during the last rinse (check during agitation). If you have harder water, you don't really see the bubbles so I do it till the water looks CLEAR.
I know when I strip with Dawn (which I've only had to do twice ever and I just throw a small squirt in the wash after a normal cleaning), I have to do A LOT of rinses afterwards to get it all out. Recently I've been using Rockin Green Hard Rock with a borrowed washer and I've had issues if I don't do a 2nd hot wash with zero detergent and then another rinse after that (CRAZY hard water I've been dealing with).
Whenever I have an issue of any type, my first reaction and what I recommend is to do a bunch of hot washes/rinses and see if that helps. THEN move on to other ideas. Start simple first and hope it works. Each time you try something new, depending on the water you have you could add to the problem.
I hope you get this sorted out soon! We've had issues too, but I'm pretty sure it was due to the combination of a horrible borrowed washer, extremely hard water, and stupid RnG HR.
Are there red dots in the rash? It's probably yeast. My DD gets a bad yeast infection every time she is on antibiotics. That can be hard to get out of cloth diapers and is probably re-infecting him now. You need to BOIL THEM. I know Erin (Tigger'sMommy) posted a yeast-killing routine on here at some point, but I know boiling was involved.
You can use over the counter antifungal cream like Lotramin (with a liner!) to clear up the rash in the meantime, if it's not too severe.
Good luck! We had to give up on cloth because of persistent diaper rash (and yes, stink) at around 13 months, but my DD has extremely sensitive skin, and still can't eat anything acidic even in sposies. Getting your diapers good and stripped is worth one last try!
I think it sounds like a build-up problem as well, and the diapers are not rinsing clean. I would strip and try to start fresh, then maybe switch detergents if you still not having luck.
Any time I've used Dawn, either for stripping, or because I was out of a CD friendly detergent, I do a full wash cycle after stripping without any sort of detergent, just to make extra sure I got the CD's rinsed well.
I use Rockin Green and have not had any issues. Our water here, changes from hard to soft depending on the snow melt, and Rockin Green has always done the job well. They also have a funk detergent. I've never used it, but I hear it helps a lot as well.
Thanks for all your help ladies! We do have very hard water here just bc of our location so maybe that is contributing. I'm gonna try some of your ideas. I guess I thought I was stripping them by using the dawn but I'll try scrubbing them individually and see if that helps. I was wondering if they aren't getting rinsed enough. I am probably letting them go too many days in between washes also. We probably only wash once a week or so. I'm gonna try to start washing more often even if there are only a few diapers. Hopefully my problems are related and if I can get rid of one it will solve the other. Thanks again! Can't wait to try and fix them!!