Cleaning cloth diapers

Karen - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i am finding that my little girl is getting recurring yeast-like diaper rashes and only when i use my cloth diapers. We were on a trip for a week and used disposables and her bum cleared up. Been back a day and her bumm is all spotted again. I soak them in Borax sol't and the last 2x washed with hot water and bleach. Has anyone else had this problem and what can i do?

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Jordan - posted on 09/28/2010

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I use peroxide (1/2 cup) in each load (soak and wash). It kills germs and is a bleach like substance that is not as harsh. Also I put them out in the sun on line dry. The sun is a natural bleach and will kill all the germs and bacteria. Hot Water too! Hope this helps!

Whitney - posted on 11/21/2009

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She might be having a reaction to the borax, I just used ALL Clean and Clear and vinegar when washing my son's diapers, and I'd use bleach every once and a while if his diaper load was especially dirty.

Maggie - posted on 11/19/2009

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use Charlie's Soap! My son had the same problem until I started using this and it's great! In fact, it got all the stains out, too. Check them out online. www.charliesoap.com

Mandy - posted on 11/19/2009

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You might need to 'strip' your diapers too. You can do that by washing with Dawn detergent and follow with 2 cycles of regular washing. I use Charlie's Soap and have never had a problem - just make sure the water is really hot.

Nicola - posted on 11/19/2009

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i always soaked for several hours in nappysan before washing with an extra rinse on the end and never had any nappy rash problems.

Karen - posted on 11/18/2009

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I usually chg her every 2-3 hours and never had to use diaper creams until recently. I also have put vinegar in the rinse. I will check out that website, thank you Katherine.

Katherine - posted on 11/16/2009

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We wash our diapers in a Hot/Cold cycle, with Method Squeaky Green detergent, and occasionally we toss in some vinegar to get rid of the urine smell. We've never had a problem with diaper rash. I wouldn't use bleach on them, in case it might be exacerbating the problem. This is a good link on how to wash your cloth diapers: http://www.diaperjungle.com/washing-clot... Also, how long does she go in between diaper changes? You may want to try changing them out more frequently to see if that helps.

Briana - posted on 11/16/2009

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I was having the same issue and the stripped the diapers with the blue dawn and started using a few drops of tea tree oil in the wash and have had no more issues... I also wash cold with country save, then a hot wash with no soap and then an extra cold rinse

Amber - posted on 11/16/2009

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I put my cloth diaper in a cold rinse then a hot wash. maybe try 2x cold rinse then your hot wash.but i would not use bleach.

Roni - posted on 11/16/2009

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We use cloth all the time due to a disposable diaper allergy. We use a cold water pre-rinse, 1/2oz Charlie's liquid laundry soap in a hot wash, 1/2c vinegar in the first rinse, plain water second rinse and every couple weeks I soak them in BioKleen BacOut for about an hour to kill off any lingering bacteria.

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