I have some bum genius one size fits all cds that i think are ruined. Any ideas on how to fix them? They do not absorb liquid anymore...
If you have a HE washer use 1/4 a scoop. Have you stripped the diapers yet? I use Charlie's Soap on every wash and the Oxyclean on every 5 load or so as a disinfectant. If there are any stains, put them in the sun, it will be gone by the end of the day. Good luck!
Carolyn - posted on 04/26/2009
Make sure you're not using dryer sheets. Those can cause build up too. In face they cause a waxy buildup on your lint filter as well that can reduce the life of your dryer.
I use wool yarn balls.
And if you have been using dryer sheets (even with other loads) you can take out your lint filter and wash the mesh with dish soap and the film should go away and your dryer will work better and last longer.
Carolyn - posted on 04/26/2009
I use these diapers and had a problem with the inserts smelling and starting to absorb less liquid. I did lots of research and tried "stripping" them. There are lots of ways to strip diapers, some include dish soap as mentioned above. I tried several methods of stripping and what has worked best for us is to use OxiClean. I just follow the directions on the package for soaking and soak the inserts for 4-6 hours and then wash them with the rest of the diapers (without rinsing the OxiClean out). Wash them until there are no suds in the water (for us it's just one cycle). I do this once every week or two and it's helped with the odor and they work wonderfully.
Jacynda - posted on 04/26/2009
What happened to them? How are you washing them? Sounds like you need to strip them.
This is from the BG website (bumgenius.com)
Wash once in hot water with one teaspoon (for high efficiency machines) to one tablespoon (for regular washing machines) with original liquid Dawn (blue formula) and up to 1/2 cup bleach in the wash cycle.
Do two additional hot water washes with no detergent to completely rinse the diapers clean. If you still see suds, keep rinsing until the diapers are rinsed clean.
Then for everyday washing...
For bumGenius 3.0 and 2.0 products (made with PUL outer):
Wash once in cold water with no more than 1/4 (high efficiency machines) to 1/2 (top loading, regular machines) of the detergent's recommened amount per load.
Wash once in hot (up to 120 degrees) water with no more than 1/4 (high efficiency machines) to 1/2 (top loading, regular machines) of the detergent's recommened amount per load. Optionally (and only occasionally), add 1/4 cup of bleach to this cycle.
Add an extra rinse to remove any lingering detergent in the diapers.
Tumble dry on the warm setting.
NOTE: To preserve your hook and loop closures, we suggest washing bumGenius products separately from heavy cotton or hemp diapers (like prefolds or cotton fitteds).
What detergent can I use?
You should only use detergents that are free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and brighteners. Using detergents containing these ingredients will cause damage to your diaper including elastic failure and leaking.
What should I avoid?
Do not use extra additives in your wash (like baking soda or vinegar). These ingredients are unnecessary and will cause problems in your diapers. Do not use fabric softeners.
Lisie - posted on 04/26/2009
you could try using a little bit of dawn dish liquid in the wash in place of your detergent (very small amount is all it takes) and then just add an extra rinse at the end to make sure they're rinsed, I have done this with success when some of my diapers had started repelling urine a while back and have had no problems since. Hope this helps!
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