How to get stains out of diaper inserts?

Jordan - posted on 07/06/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have been using cloth diapers for about 6 weeks and the diapers after they have been washed still have poop stains on them. I have tried soaking, baking soda, viniger, detergant, and rewashing. Is this normal? How can I get the stains out? It makes me think the diapers are dirty and I do not like reusing them. Is it safe to put a little bleach in them to get them clean clean and then wash them again to get the bleach out?

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Erin - posted on 07/08/2010

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I have seen the baby oxiclean at most grocery style stores. Superstore and Zellers here have them for sure, although I'm in Canada and not sure about where you are or if it is available. The peroxide should be easy to come by at any pharmacy.

Erin - posted on 07/08/2010

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I'm still fairly new to cloth diapering myself but have had some tips passed on to me that do fairly well. I like to use a bit of Oxiclean Baby, and let it set for a bit before throwing it in the wash. If it's a really dirty liner, like Lerin said I will rinse it first till it comes clean, then for a couple hours before I do a load of laundry I will boil them: in a large pot on the stove with some detergent, first let it come to a boil (it'll take a while) then lower the temp. and let it simmer, the longer the better. I just throw the whole pot and boiling water right into the washing machine. I usually use the oxiclean, then boil the diapers maybe once a week or so. I think I'm going to give sun drying them a try next time.

Majaliwa - posted on 07/07/2010

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Sunning is the best option.

Another option is to add 2 tbsp of RLR Laundry treatment or 1/2 cup of Peroxide to your wash. They are both safe for your diapers and are all-natural bleaching agents but they won't work as well as bleach. Using these two and sunning will also get them white

Finally, bleach is not that bad. I personally don't recommend it for the impact on the environment and the fact that it is a harsh chemical AND the fact that if overused it can break down the elastic in your diapers. But if you're just wanting to get the stains out and only plan on using it once every 3 months or so you can give it a shot. Another safer alternative would be to use Oxy-clean or Vaska (a non-chlorinated, oxygen-based bleach).

By the way - baking soda and vinegar will remove odors but not stains. Also, if you're using cloth diaper friendly detergents, they won't get the stains out either. What makes your clothes white when you use detergents like Tide is that they have brighteners in them that reflect the light making them appear brighter and whiter. Cloth diaper friendly detergents don't have that which is why diapers tend to look dingier.

Hope that helps.

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It depends on the fabric as far as whether or not you can bleach it BUT the reason most moms don't use bleach on them is that they are so strong that they can irritate baby's bum (not to mention bad for the planet) but also it wears your fabric out ALOT faster.
Hanging them in the sun is the best thing you can do for them. The UV rays will kill any germs, as well as naturally 'bleaching' the stains out. It may take some time to get them to completely go, but they will. Don't give up. I will add though, that mine are 'dingy' and alot of people don't think that they're 'clean' particularly my mother in law, but if it's something that's getting pooped and peed on all day everday day, it's not going to stay shockingly white forever, unfortunately.
One thing you can do if not already, is instead of shaking off what poop you can, and then throwing the diaper in the pail or wet bag, is to go ahead and rinse the diaper out til the water runs clear. You'll probably still be able to see where the poop was, but that'll keep alot of the stain from setting. That's what I do with mine. Good luck!

Jacqueline - posted on 07/06/2010

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If you can hang them outside on a line. The sun is a natural bleach.

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Kirsten - posted on 07/15/2010

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Line drying is the way to go! Also, BabyGanics has a spray stain remover called Stain Stain Go Away. It's safe for CDs and works great. I would also reccomend washing with hot water (but use cold for the rinse cycle).

Addin - posted on 07/12/2010

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one more... try using detergent Pureen HAD.. it is very good to remove all the stains.

Addin - posted on 07/12/2010

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im using exclusively the cloth diapers about 3 months..since my baby boy was 5 months.. i was facing the same problem as u when i was the very first time using the CD.. but after dry it direct to the sun...all the yellow color disappear.. It is still safe to use the bleach but the bleach will reduce your insert ability to absorb..

Jordan - posted on 07/08/2010

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Thanks for all the comments, they are a huge help. Erin where did you get the BabyOxiclean? I wonder if it is just as easy to use the peroxide. I will have to try them both *smile* Boiling them was a good idea and I love the bathtub idea. I will try these out. Thanks so much!

Barbara - posted on 07/07/2010

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I have several friends that swore by line drying for getting the stains out. One friend said she had the most luck with Allen's Naturally detergent. I have just started and we line dry the diapers when the weather cooperates.

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