Stinky Troubleshooting

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mlle_carrie's picture
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Stinky Troubleshooting

My dipes are starting to smell a little "off." They don't really stink and it's not an ammonia problem....they just have an odd smell. When I stop and think about it, I guess I could say that I started noticing it since she started solids and her poop changed. I do use a diaper sprayer for poops. Any idea on what the problem might be? Not enough detergent? Some kind of buildup? I have a top loading machine and I do a cold rinse, hot wash with Ruby Moon detergent, usually just a single rinse, but sometimes add an extra rinse, line dry when I can.

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Maybe stick to a double rinse at the end every time. Could have a small amount of detergent hanging around sometimes. Not enough to cause an issue, but just to be off a bit.
Are you using a lot of pocket with microfiber? I've heard elsewhere online that some people find that after 6 months of constant use their microfiber starts getting icky and needs to be replaced.

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Yes, I am really thinking that the problem is just the microfiber because my bamboo, hemp, and cotton don't have the same smell. I am considering replacing some of my MF with some more natural fibers, but it doesn't smell bad enough for me to do it just yet. DH says he doesn't notice it, so maybe I just have a sensitive sniffer. I put a little tea tree oil in the the rinse cycle and that seems to have helped a bit. I think I will also try some bleach (only with the MF inserts), since I have read that BG recommends that for their microfiber inserts.

alwayssmile's picture
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Sounds like a good plan. Smile

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Let us know if the bleaching helps. I have a similar problem with my inserts.

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I habe microfibre inserts which have been in continual use for nearly two years so far very few stinky issues. Sometimes when it's wet fir weeks on end they can get a bit musty though but that is everything really. I do a pre wah, quick cotton ( on cold) cycle and then a rinse. I use a detergent that we have here which is eucalyptus based ( i think it may actually be more of a wool wash, but it is a great price and that one is actually a few cents cheaper than the normal) and air dry all the time, out in the sun when possible and in the wet either under the fan on a clothes airer if i need them urgently or on a clothes airer under the house so they get lots of fresh air. I also don't have a sprayer but always use a fleece liner, often with a disposable liner over the top so I can just roll the poop off and rinse the liner on it's own. I have heard quite a few people say a sprayer seems to have caused stink issues, maybe with making the nappies wetter while they sit of something

mlle_carrie's picture
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Interesting about the sprayer. I hadn't heard that before. I haven't tried the bleach yet because I decided to try oxyclean instead and that seems to be helping so far.

ange84's picture
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It's just what i have heard from a few people, not sure if it's true. Ds's daycare will spray sometimes( well would, we are on one nappy a day and it's not even always used or wet) and i didn't seem to get stinky issues all that much. I think i'll have more problems now as i only use one or two nappies a day so was a lot less often

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We have a sprayer and don't get super stinkies. I do use a lot more detergent than most people recommend though. I had a MAJOR repelling issue with all my pockets and discovered that using tiny amount of detergent isn't always the best idea.

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Heather, water type and why it's that way (like why is water in a particular area hard for example) make HUGE differences in cloth diapers. My current issue is reminding myself that now that I'm no longer in a hard water area I don't need as much detergent - it's taking me more rinses to get them detergent free! I totally didn't rinse enough last load and they're already smelling. Way to go Jackie! Ha ha.

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Oh right, I forgot about that. I checked my city website and it says our water is soft...but I use a full amount of Country Save. Hummm.... I do an extra rinse though.

How Hard is my water?
The water is very soft as it comes from a surface supply or lake and does not have a high mineral content. The hardness is in the range of 5 milligrains per litre, (5 ppm) which is less than half a grain.

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Even with an extra rinse (which is my norm) using the full amount of detergent for us is too much still! When I actually pay attention using half of what I was when we were dealing with hard water get the diapers clean and no smells after he pees in them.