When sunning alone isn't enough...

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When sunning alone isn't enough...

So now that Alaina and Aiden have started solids-- going on almost 2 months with it-- the days of ebf poops are gone. In the beginning stains weren't a problem. But they have been eating blueberries a good bit recently since they have been in season. And on top of that it's been raining nearly every diaper laundry day, so I had to use the dryer for nearly 2 weeks. I have been sunning them for the past two washes and the stains aren't coming out. Sad

Today I decided to try some lemon juice on the really bad ones. I squeezed a lemon, added water, dipped the diapers into it, and wrung them out. They have been outside for a little over an hr. I can tell a difference in the most of the pockets. This brings me to my questions.

1. Do I need to rinse and re-dry the pockets before using them again? Not sure if the lemon juice would irritate their skin or not...
2. What can I do about the inserts? I know they are clean, but I am not enjoying looking at the stains. Sad

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If using lemon juice, I would rewash them (no need to do the pre-rinse IMO, so at least it'll be a shorter cycle). I would think the acid would be irritating. You can sun/lemon juice the inserts too as far as I know. I've done that to a couple of prefolds. I line dry as much as possible. Since the diapers dry so dang fast out here, often the stains aren't gone once the diapers are dry but after another session or two of hanging out they're gone. I also find that now that DS is eating enough solids to have solid poop, I rarely have stains. The whole sticky poop explosion stage though was awful. I didn't even try to fight the stains half the time. I figured I'd work on them later. lol
And did you know even with clouds and rain, you can still sun diapers? Just leave them out all day long in the rain. You'll have to wash them afterwards, but the stains should still come out/lessen a whole bunch!

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I've heard that "sunning" them in the rain is actually really good because they stay wet and still get the UV rays needed to clear them.

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Definitely rinse and wash after lemon juice...it's really irritating and leaves a sunburn-like rash that's really painful...unfortunately we found out the hard way.

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Yes, definitely rinse the lemon juice off the diapers since it's can be irritating.

I was having problems with stains after we started solids. The sun helped a lot but it wasn't able to make my diapers stark white like it had while we were EBF. You know what I FINALLY found that works?? More detergent. I started using 1 1/2 tablespoons of Rockin' Green instead of 1 tablespoon. It's crazy that all this time I was baffled how people were able to have stain free diapers out of the wash, but now mine come out with out any stains or very minimal staining. I wish I had figured that out a long time ago but I thought I was using enough detergent b/c they came out smelling clean!

ETA: My daughter eats blueberries too and it can do quite the number on the diapers. Thankfully, I've always been able to wash and sun out even the blueberry stains.

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"Kayla1981" wrote:

Yes, definitely rinse the lemon juice off the diapers since it's can be irritating.

I was having problems with stains after we started solids. The sun helped a lot but it wasn't able to make my diapers stark white like it had while we were EBF. You know what I FINALLY found that works?? More detergent. I started using 1 1/2 tablespoons of Rockin' Green instead of 1 tablespoon. It's crazy that all this time I was baffled how people were able to have stain free diapers out of the wash, but now mine come out with out any stains or very minimal staining. I wish I had figured that out a long time ago but I thought I was using enough detergent b/c they came out smelling clean!

ETA: My daughter eats blueberries too and it can do quite the number on the diapers. Thankfully, I've always been able to wash and sun out even the blueberry stains.

I already use closer to 2 tablespoons-- we have an older top loader.... Do you think I should add more? I have worried about using too much and causing build-up.

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"mommys" wrote:

I've heard that "sunning" them in the rain is actually really good because they stay wet and still get the UV rays needed to clear them.

Interesting.. I might just have to try that next time. My drying rack won't hack it in the rain though. I'll need to think of something else.

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Maybe? We have a front loader so that's why I always went with 1 tablespoon. I think the packaging says use 1 to 2. I don't think you need to worry about build up with RnG since it's made for cloth and you do an extra rinse at the end. The only downside is that it will mean you will go through your detergent faster and it's a little pricey. I guess you could try it with one load and see if it helps? Or you could try a different detergent. I like RnG but I know plenty of people are happy with other brands.

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So I reread the pkg and for a reg washer it says 2-3 tbl. So I tried 3 in this last wash. They do look cleaner. And probably would have looked even better if I had realized before hand that I washed with warm water and not hot :/ And of course it's raining and I have no way to hang them up except on our drying rack that wouldn't hold up in the rain... Boo. I will be adding some more diapers to my stash when the new Sunbaby prints come out in the next few weeks. That will give me the opportunity to really work on getting the stains out of these others.

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Hope a bit more detergent keeps helping!
For sunning out in the rain, I'd just throw them flat on a table or on the ground on sometime to keep it from becoming muddy. You'll have to rewash anyways! Smile