bleaching liner?

Amanda - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




I'm fairly new to cloth diapering. To say the least, I haven't been very good with rinsing the diapers after my son poop's, so alot of them are quite stained. I was wondering if it would be ok to use bleach on them and than wash them a few times before he wears them again, or what would be the best thing to get rid of the stains?? I really wish I would have done a better job with it!!! Also, do most of you rinse the liner after baby has a poop, or what do you do? When there's a pee, do you stick it in a pail with water and soap?
Thanks everyone!!!


Tessah - posted on 10/27/2010




What kind of diapers are you using? What kind of liners?

I do rinse after a poop but I don't usually do anything special with a wet diaper before putting it in the (dry) pail. Sometimes I will soak and wring out the microfiber and hemp inserts from my night time pocket diaper in the morning, especially if it is not a wash day.

But the best way to get rid of diaper stains is to hang them to dry in direct sunlight after washing them.


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Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2010




I have never rinsed mine at all - I just scrape the poo off with a plastic spoon. Nevertheless, the diapers are barely stained because (whenever weather permits), I lay them out in the sun. The sun bleaches the fabric and disinfects the diapers at the same time. It's much safer than bleach. I did try bleach once and it left a bad rash on my I guess I wouldn't try it if I were you.

Good luck!

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I rinse the poopy ones out asap. I also rinse just-pee ones out too b/c I use microfiber and someone told me or I read somewhere that microfiber tends to hold smells pretty bad and that rinsing the pee out will help with that. After I rinse, I squeeze out as much water as I can and put them in a dry pail.
As far as bleaching- I think I did this one time and it really didn't make much of a difference on my stains, so I just let the sun do it for me instead. And I thought it would bother me at first if they were stained, but after all they are pooping on them and pooping is normal and healthy. You *could* use some type of liner between baby's bottom and the diaper. Doesn't have to be disposable liner, cotton or flannel perhaps? as long as it lets moisture thru. And you could use a darker color so then you wouldn't notice any stains as much.

M - posted on 10/27/2010




Hey Amanda,
when my soon poops I rinse them off with a diaper sprayer and toss them in my diaper pail. I don't soak them or anything. If there's pee, I don't rinse - just toss in the pail.

In regards to soaking, you may want to check the warranty policies for your diapers. Many manufacturers don't recommend and say it will void their warranty.

In regards to stains, you have a fun options:
1 - wash normal and dry in the sun. The sun will naturally bleach out the stains

2 - wash normal and run one final rinse cycle with 1/2 cup of peroxide. The peroxide is a natural bleaching substitute. You can dry normally - or line dry in the sun for a really great bleach effect.

3 - use bleach, but I recommend a non-chlorine safe bleach like Vaska or Country Save Oxygen bleach. You can dry as normal.

Of these 3 options, bleach will get them the whitest. If the stains aren't too set in, the sun and peroxide will also work pretty well. You can use regular bleach and follow up with several rinses like you suggested, but as an FYI, overuse of bleach can ruin the PUL in your diapers (PUL is what makes your diapers waterproof).

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