Help - how do I get my microfiber inserts smelling clean?

Karisa - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi, I've been using a combination of Fuzzi Bunz and Mommy's Touch diapers with my daughter since her umbilical cord fell off (she's now almost 2). I've been able to get my diapers smelling clean but it seems like the inserts always hold onto a bit of an odor. I've tried several different methods for washing. What I'm doing right now is: 1) Overnight soak with Bac-Out, 2) Cold rinse, 3) Hot wash with Bio-kleen detergent, 4) cold rinse. I line dry the diapers and machine dry the inserts. We live in FL so I also sun them as much as I can. We still have a few months until potty training and are expecting DD #2 in about 8 weeks, so I will need to get a lot more use out of them. So I'm wondering - can I get the smell out? Or do I need to get new inserts?

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Andrea - posted on 07/09/2009

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I soak mine in cold water, then wash in hot water with Charlie's Soap - with OxiClean added every few washes. I put vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser so that it's added in the rinse. I've used tea tree oil as well...added to the rinse cycle. Then I machine dry, or sun them on the line.

Alaine - posted on 07/06/2009

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I pre rinse all my diapers with 1 cup of vinegar. Actually I don't have a try pre rinse cycle so I just let it do the wash part of a quick cycle with cold water. Right after it drains I stop it and add my soap and oxyclean then start the cycle over with Hot water. It works wonders even on the stains.

Gen - posted on 07/06/2009

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I had a lot of luck with rinsing the dipes in vinegar. i'd put the vinegar in the rinse, along with two or three drops of tea tree oil. line dry everything if you can!

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Lindsay - posted on 07/09/2009

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for those of you who suggested tea tree oil, do you put that in the wash cycle with the detergent or in the rinse cycle?

Rochelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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I used to boil mine and had no issues once I did it. All you do is get a large stock pot full of water and throw the inserts in, boil 10-15 min. line dry, and Voila! If you still have stinkies, repeat it again and they should smell nice and fresh!

Rochelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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Boiling them in a stock pot of hot boiling water really helps too!! Fill up the stock pot with the water, add the inserts and some vinegar and boil for 10-15 min., then rinse (HOT!!!! be careful, lol). Then put them outside to dry. Once they dry, if they still don't smell fresh (you'll know the difference) repeat it again without the vinegar and dry again. It always worked for me! I think the cotton on the insides gets detergent build-up and doesn't rinse well enough and the boiling really gets to it! Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 07/07/2009

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Line dry the inserts too!! That is the only thing that really has worked for us.

Tracy - posted on 07/06/2009

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Vilate, no they were always in BG3.0s. Our local CD guru was at a loss as to why they caused a rash, too. We thought it was because of the ammonia smell, but might have had something to do with the wipes I was using too. Bad combination we had for a little while. But the problem is fixed now, so hopefully we won't have to go through it again, thanks for asking!

Gen - posted on 07/06/2009

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i use vinegar in my rinse cycle, combined with a few drops of tea tree oil....works well. and always line dry if you can!

Vilate - posted on 07/06/2009

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Lemon juice that sounds interesting. I'll have to give that a try.

Tracy, are you putting tose inserts next to the baby's bum? is that why they were causing rashes? You shouldn't ever put micro fiber next to the baby's bum cause it wicks too much. Not sure if this is what you are going, but just a thought. :)

Tracy - posted on 07/06/2009

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My inserts used to stink horribly of ammonia the second they got wet, and they cause a terrible rash, I also tried everything to try to get the smell out. Here's what I'll do if it ever happens again. Rinse in cold, then strip diapers and inserts (tsp dish detergent and vinegar in hot water), then for the second wash with regular diaper detergent with a couple drops tea tree oil and a lemon juice (RealLemon) rinse then sun all day. The lemon juice acts as a bleach, so you might not want to do the second wash with the outers. I've never heard of anyone else using lemon juice, but it didn't seem to hurt anything, and everything smells nice, and still no smell a couple months later. Hope this helps!

Allison - posted on 07/05/2009

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Wow. It sounds like you are doing a lot of the right stuff--I agree that you should sun them as much as your diapers. Also, I just tried this new product tonight on my diapers that is absolutely amazing! My diapers haven't smelled this fresh since they were new (7 months ago!) https://www.myh2oathome.com/forms/frm_shop_item_info.aspx?prod=4323

I actually sell this product. It is from France, but has only been in the US for a week! I was nervous to try it on my diapers, but am SO happy with it! Let me know if you want to give it a try ;)

Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 07/04/2009

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I 2nd the tee tree oil. My insert stunk horribly, but I started using tee tree oil & they no long smell.

Cory - posted on 07/04/2009

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New inserts are fairly cheap if you really need them. I got some off of nickisdiapers for 2.50 each and they are almost identical to FB inserts. Bleach can mess up micro fiber, but if you are going to get new ones it can't hurt to try before throwing out your old ones. Who knows- it may work and you do not have to buy anymore for at least awhile longer. (worstcase senerio it messes up the inserts and you buy new ones like you were originaly going to do anyways!)

Vilate - posted on 07/02/2009

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So I see two things you aren't doing "right" :)

I would line dry those inserts! those suckers need the sun almost as much as the diapers

I would also use a few drops of tea tree oil in the wash. 3-5 drops should do the trick!

I think this will fix the problem! Let me know k?

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It really sounds like you have done everything you can do. Short of bleaching them - which I wouldn't want to do. If you go to a site called getantsy.com they have microfiber towels as well as bamboo towels that fold up for pocket diapers. The fact that they are flat when washed helps to ensure they get clean. It sounds like you may need new inserts if you aren't going to use bleach.

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