Still a little smelly, how do I fix that?

Andrea - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I love my cloth diapers and am amazed at how well they wash. They are a lot whiter than I thought they would be! My only problem is that the smell is not completely coming out. I use Melaleuca laundry soap and run the diapers first through a cold wash then a hot wash. I'm not sure if the soap is the problem or if the water is, as our water is a little hard. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting the odor out of diapers? Thanks!!

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Melody - posted on 08/10/2009

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I use the Melaleuca soap as well and I do a pre-soak with vinegar and and then wash on hot then do extra rinse and hang dry outside. If they don't smell to much like ammonia then I add baking soda in the wash cycle. If really strong ammonia smell just vinegar and soap. I've also added grapefruit seed extract which helps kill bacteria in with the soap.

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Marci - posted on 08/14/2009

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U use Charlies all natural. You can buy it on kellyscloset.com It is what I have used from the start and is recommended by the place where I buy my diapers. They also recommend Allens all natural. Dreft does make the diapers repel and you don't want to soak your diapers. You should try to always line dry the daipers for stain and odors. I was told to do a cold prewash with baking soda then a hot wash with the Charlies then a cold wash with nothing to make sure the detergent is washed out. It the detergent isn't getting all the way washed out then your diapers won't be as absorbent. I also was told to do a wash with vinegar once every other month or so to help with odors. I hope this will help you.

Chrystal - posted on 08/14/2009

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Too much soap could be your issue.
Use about 1/4 of the recommended amount per load. You need to get ALL of the soap out of the diapers. Do a wash in HOT HOT water without soap, if there are suds then that is your problem. I had the same problem and now use only about 2 tablespoons of soap and my diapers come clean every time and don't smell anymore.
You can also add baking soda to the water.
Hope this helps :)

Natalie - posted on 08/13/2009

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How much detergent are you using? You might need to use more! I know that's not common advice, but seriously. If your diapers stink it's because they aren't getting clean enough. Be sure you're using enough detergent, enough water, and rinsing well. You can try a different detergent, too. Country Save is a good one that is easy enough to find, it doesn't have enzymes, brighteners, or softeners so it's safe for baby and diapers.

Heather - posted on 08/13/2009

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I used Dreft...was told not to but rarley had smell issues, when I did I would either boil them, or do a vinegar rinse...I have heard great things about the sun helping, and tried a few times with my hemp diapers, but they were always smelly.

Amy - posted on 08/13/2009

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I had a smell issue as well, my friend told me to



1. do a wash with OUT soap

2. do a wash WITH soap

3. do a wash with OUT soap double rinse.



NO SMELL!! the key is getting everylast sud out of those diapes! no more smelly diapers.

Abby - posted on 08/10/2009

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Oh! Forgot to mention, we waited a while to use the oxi clean because we were worried that it would be to harsh for our daughters bum. We also make sure to do an extra rinse on the diapers. It uses a little more water, but really helps the smell!

Abby - posted on 08/10/2009

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We also have hard water and I am pretty much able to get mine smelling good, even after solid food poo's!! We soak the diapers in Oxi Clean in the diaper pail, and then use arm and hammer with oxi clean when we wash them. I have read many reviews from people saying that those are both to harsh and can damage the diapers over long periods of time. If I had invested a lot in diapers, like buying expensive wraps, I would probably be more careful. But we just use plain, purchased from target, diapers and plastic pants. So I would rather get them smelling clean and risk damaging them. Up to you though! Hope the poo smell starts to disappear!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/10/2009

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Wow Helen I can't believe you used Lysol even back then! The sun is a natural whitener. Dreft is not a diaper soap and it contains fabric softener which makes the diapers repell liquid.

Vilate - posted on 08/09/2009

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oh, I wouldn't use lysol. My whole thing about using cloth is to avoid the chemicals and the lysol will degrade your PUL! I would do the sun, and add the tea tree oil. You should also do a stripping. Just put in a little water softener in with your detergent and some tea tree oil and then run just the wash cycle over and over until all the bubbles are gone. Then finish out the rinsing and stuff. :) then HANG then in the SUN!!!
you should be good. if they are really bad you might have to do it quite a few times.
Good luck!

Helen - posted on 08/09/2009

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You need to get diaper soap and I think it is called Dreft. If they still make it.

Helen - posted on 08/09/2009

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Here is what I did years ago when I did the cloth diapers. #1 it saves a lot of money as disposables are $20.00 a box or more and 3 times a month. AWFUL!! I got a huge new white 20 gallon garbage container put it in the bathroom and filled it with warm water and added lysol in the container than after rinsing out the poopy diapers as best as you can soak them in this for about a day or two and when you have a full load they come out white as snow and the lysol kills the germs and leaves a good ordor. You need to ask the pharmacist for the pure lysol in a bottle. I bought a case at a time as you have to order them from the pharmacy unless they keep them on hand. Hope this helps.

Vilate - posted on 07/26/2009

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oh, hang them in the sun! Also I ususally put in a few drops of Tea Tree oil (you can use melaluca oil 3-5 drops). I think the melaluca soap will do fine, but I would hang them out to dry in the sun!

Edna - posted on 07/25/2009

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I have a friend who is using Melaleuca laundry soap to wash her diapers and she has the same problem. I think it is building up in the diapers so you need to strip them (wash them again in just hot water with no soap) and switch to a more diaper friendly laundry soap. You only have to strip them when they start to get stinky, about every 2 or 3 months. I also use the Melaleuca laundry soap and love it but not for my diapers. When the laundry soap builds up in the diapers the smells stick to it. Hope that helps.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/25/2009

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Sometimes vinegar does the opposite and makes them smell more due to ph balances so I wouldn't soak them with it plus it breaks down PUL. I would def do another rinse or two though. Add tea tree oil during the final rinse.

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