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AnnaRO's picture
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Stripping

How do you strip your diapers? What is your stripping routine/schedule? I'm looking for better ways to strip my diapers and stop the ammonia burn.

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Anything that doesn't have velcro or snaps I boil - so inserts which are usually the big culprit. I bring a huge pot to boil and do a few at a time for 5-10 minutes (been told 10 is overkill but I've done it before lol). A bit time consuming, but it's simple and works. Usually smell is due to detergent build up and that takes care of it. A few hot rinses usually takes care of the rest.
Dawn stripping is better when you have stuff on your fluff - so for some reason it's not absorbing properly.
This is actually the topic for my next CD group meeting. If I learn anything fun or new I'll share!

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Anything that doesn't have velcro or snaps I boil - so inserts which are usually the big culprit. I bring a huge pot to boil and do a few at a time for 5-10 minutes (been told 10 is overkill but I've done it before lol). A bit time consuming, but it's simple and works. Usually smell is due to detergent build up and that takes care of it. A few hot rinses usually takes care of the rest.
Dawn stripping is better when you have stuff on your fluff - so for some reason it's not absorbing properly.
This is actually the topic for my next CD group meeting. If I learn anything fun or new I'll share!

At the risk of sounding like a nimrod, can you walk me though how you do it? Like, how do you remove a soaked prefold that is full of boiling water without making a mess and burning yourself? Where do you put it? I tried a Dawn strip b/c it was the easiest way but it didn't work. This freaking well water is bad for my diapers and Jordan is getting ammonia burns. Sad I am pretty sure our issue is minerals, not detergent. Unless the minerals can cause detergent to build up... not sure about that. I have some Calgon and used it once but either need to do it again or try something else.

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Next to the stove I put my strainer on a larger bowl it can sit on. I use one of my large pasta spoons to get it out of the pot and dump it into the strainer. When done I throw them into the washer to spin them dry. lol

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I have the exact same method as Jackie. boil for 5-10 minutes, dump into strainer/pot combo. I think I'm due for another stripping too. getting a bit of stink. I need to switch detergents I think.

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When I've stripped, I just squirt some blue dawn into my machine and then do a million rinses. It has helped some but the ammonia comes back quickly. I started adding bleach and the ammonia smell and the burns disappeared COMPLETELY. Seriously, it was like night and day.

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The million rinse in the washing machine doesn't work here because I have a front loading HE machine. I don't really have a stink issue, though at times it does smell stronger. DS gets these raised, red lines on his thighs where the diaper sits (at the site of the elastic). I can boil inserts no problem, but I need a good method of stripping the pockets and covers.

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Mine is a front load HE machine and the rinse seems to be working good for me. I always put my cloth diapers in and do a rinse(or pre soak in bath tub), wash, rinse, and second rinse if needed. Does your machine have just a single rinse cycle? If it does then that should work for the rinse cycles. Is the raised red welts from the pee or is it from the cover being to tight? I only ask because my DS just had the same thing going on and I put the next size up on him and it went away, especially with the AIO's. If it is the pee try a plain rinse, then add baking soda (I used 1 cup) right in the washer with the diapers and did a wash then a rinse with vinegar and another without. The baking soda and vinegar should balance the diapers PH level back out.

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Do you think perhaps he has a sensitivity to whatever is in the elastic? Even though it's covered I've heard of other babies having issues just being near it. Does it happen with any of your covers or just the pockets?

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Teagan had red raised lines along the elastic line. Bleach took care of it. Seriously. Bleach.

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Kridda, I've determined that my washer sucks. I think it was the cheapest front loading washer available at the time. Another issue I have is that we have VERY hard water. I was using vinegar and then started reading A LOT of stuff about how you are NEVER supposed to use vinegar on your diapers if you have hard water. I'd be afraid the combo of vinegar and baking soda, even if not at the same time, would cause a foaming reaction and huge mess due to residue of the baking soda left behind. I have to handwash all of my poopy diapers because my machine wont get them out at all, and it's EBF poo too, so I wouldn't trust my washer to get the baking soda out. It's been a delicate journey trying to figure out what works.

Jackie, it's random and doesn't happen every time or with just one type of diaper. My first thought was that it was too tight, but it was already on the biggest setting, and when I stick my finger in there it's really not at all tight.

Erin, I'm scared to put bleach on my covers and pockets. I've ready you aren't supposed to do that because it breaks down the PUL. I'm also concerned that Kole has sensitive skin and would react to the bleach if I didn't get it all rinsed out. I may still try it with a few though, if I can't figure out another method.

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Bleach will cause the diapers to break down a little faster than they would without bleach but its worth it in my opinion to get rid of ammonia burns and stink. I add a half cup to my hot wash and then give it a cold wash after that instead of just an extra cold rinse. I only bleach about every third wash or so, which is maybe once per month now that T's day trained. I say give it go. You'll want to use half as much with your front loader as I use. You can even start with less than that to make sure Kole's OK with it. Stick your sniffer in there after the wash and give a few extra rinses to make sure the bleach smell is gone.

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I've boiled when I had one offending diaper that I got second-hand and that worked to get the ammonia out. Then I got the brainy idea to boil all my diapers, but that never actually happened once I realized I could only reasonably fit 3-4 dipes at a time in the pot that I have. I really didn't want to be boiling diapers all day. I have used bleach too, but I wash my diapers as usual first, take the covers out and hang them to dry and then use bleach only on the inserts and prefolds. I have also used oxyclean (I bought the kind with no additives). Let the washing machine fill up with hot water and let them soak in the oxyclean for 15 minutes or so, then turn the washer back on and wash as normal. All these methods seem to help when I start to get a little bit of stink. I can't complain though. I haven't had too many issues. I think it might also help that I have only ever used one kind of detergent. It works, so I stick with it.

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Maybe try an oxyclean soak overnight first. I did do that soon after moving here to help get the funky issues out of my diapers from my RnG HR issues last winter. Fill a tub or something big with HOT water, add a huge scoop of oxyclean (look a likes are fine), mix, then add diapers. Mix again. Leave it.
Since it's just the pocket covers I'd do this to first you should be able to hand rinse them easily enough. Just do 1 or 2 at a time since I know your two kids don't give you much peace. Wink

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