Cloth Diapers Stinky Already

Tara Hatton - posted on 01/02/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I just started CD about 3 weeks ago. I use bumGenius 3.0 pockets. They are stinky when I get them out of the dryer. I am all new to this, so I need some advice. Here is my wash routine with my front loader: cold/cold with pre-wash and no detergent then hot/cold with 1 TBSP Mountain Green detergent and an extra rinse. I don't know if I am not using enough detergent or if I am not rinsing enough. Help!

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Alison - posted on 05/21/2011

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I use Bum Genius diapers with my LO. I have a diaper sprayer attached to toilet to rinse them before putting them in the diaper pail. I use All Free & Clear detergent. I use a quarter a cup of the concentrated detergent. I wash them on hot water cycle with a cold rinse, then rinse them a second time to get any extra detergent out. If there is detergent residue on the diaper, it can prevent the diaper from absorbing into the absorbent core properly too, that is why the extra rinse is need with the Bum Genius diapers.. You probably need to use more detergent, probably 1/4-1/3 of a cup of regular detergent.

Betsy - posted on 02/14/2009

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I use "Cutiepatootie One Size" diapers. When I first started using them they started to get pretty stinky. The smell was distinctly bacteria. I had to figure out a solution, becasue it was bad! To keep my diapers from getting stinky, I wash them on cold/cold with "ALL free & clear", then on hot/cold with the same amount of "ALL F&C". It is very important to use a detergent that has no fragrance. Sometimes I use the powder, I'll use just less than a quarter of a cup. Sometimes I use the liquid concentrate, I'll fill the cap untill it is almost to the "1" Line. I have an extra rinse cycle on my machine, and I always have it "on". I've noticed that just switching to the "ALL" reduced the stink by itself. The diapers don't even stink when they are waiting to go in the wash. Poopie diapers, I always (almost) clean them off thouroghly with a water sprayer in the toilet, then wring them out. One time each month I add a quarter cup of "Clorox Bleach" to the first wash cycle and set the temperature for both washes to hot/cold. I do that for each load until all the diapers have been bleached one or two times. That's all I do.

Meaghan - posted on 02/13/2009

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I would start at your detergent. The list of recommended is on pinstripes and polkadots.com and those are all the 5 to 4 star detergents safe for cloth diapers. Dreft and Biokleen Back Out can build up in your diapers so stripping them with a tsp of Dawn for a front load is recommended along with 3/4 cup of bleach for a stripping cycle, other then that 1/4 cup is recommended at least every month to strip out ordor causing bacteria from the micro-fiber. Being an employee of Cottonbabies, the manufacter of BumGenius and a mom using the BG's this is the info we are told.

Tricia - posted on 02/12/2009

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Honestly I rinse in cold with only diapers, then I add other things like clothes and towels to make a full load and wash it in hot with the normal amount of whatever detergent was on sale when I went shopping.  Then into the dryer.  I figure life is stressful enough without a complicated diaper cleaning routine.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have a front loader and use Charlie's soap. I do a cold rinse cycle, it runs for 28 minutes, then a hot or warm wash with a cold rinse with less than a half of a scoop of Charlie's. Extra rinse cycle. I rarely do a full dryer cycle, usually just a few minutes and hang on a drying rack or out in the sun to finish up.



I have alot of Happy Heiny's diapers and many have complained of them smelling, but this washing style works and the never smell.



Sun, sun, sun, rinse, rinse, rinse!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/10/2009

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I'd try adding a few squirts of BioKleen Bac-Out to the cold wash. It's an enzymatic bacteria-killer. Helps me, and I have a front loader.

Shauna - posted on 01/13/2009

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I sometimes use vinegar in the rinse cycle-and that helps--every so oftem (maybe once every 2mo or so ) I use oxyclean and it seems to remove any stains or stink.

Lindsey - posted on 01/12/2009

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I copied this straight from the cottonbabies.com website  



"Basic Washing Routine:





Wash the entire load on cold with detergent. Washing once on cold water is important to remove leftover "yuck" from your diapers.

Wash the entire load again on warm or hot - also with detergent.

Do a second rinse.

You can dry almost everything in the dryer.



If you're having problems with diapers that stink after washing:





Try an extra rinse. Sometimes detergent residue can cause diapers to smell.

Wash once with a small squirt of liquid Dawn. Rinse well.

If the previous solutions don't work, try 1/4 cup of bleach in the warm/hot wash cycle.   "






Tara Hatton - posted on 01/07/2009

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Thanks everyone!!! I tried a little tea tree oil and lots of extra rinses and that has seemed to rid the stinkies.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2009

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I do an extra rinse cycle with vinegar before a hot water wash cycle. Haven't noticed any problems thus far! : )

Jaci - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have a Whirlpool front loader and haven't had any smelly diapers in 6 months. I use Purex Free and Clear - only fill the lid about 1/4 full. I run a normal wash on cold, with a prewash and extra rinse, then wash again with 1/4 cap of soap on Whitest Whites (hot), then dry them. There are a few stains, but no smell. I also sprinkle baking soda on the diapers in the pail as it fills up. I wash every other day. Good luck!

Chris - posted on 01/07/2009

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I agree with Amanda...RINSE, RINSE, RINSE. I also have a front loader. I do a 'quick' wash w/out detergent on cold and then a hot 'regular' wash with detergent...then I run the washer through 2-3 more 'quick' washes on hot without detergent and I add 2-3 gallons of extra water for each 'quick' wash (I can add it through the soap dispenser). I don't mess with vinegar or baking soda, since CottonBabies doesn't recommend it, and I haven't had an issue with the stinkies since I've started rinsing them so throughly.



Good luck!

Hailey - posted on 01/06/2009

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no matter how long ours have been in the pail we always soak in vinager and baking soda, when it comes time to wash they are run through a rinse cycle first get all that yucky soak water out and then wash in hot with 1/2 c baking soda and 1/2c vinegar (1/2 c borax works especially well when you need a deeper clean) with regular detergent I clothed diapered twins and now another baby and have yet to have a stinky diaper come out of the drier or off the line.

Lacey - posted on 01/06/2009

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I would do another wash cycle at the end for a third time washing them.  This is how I do my cloth diapers and they come out nice and fresh.  If this doesn't work, trying using a little more soap, And if this doesn't work, try using a different brand.  I use babies soft soap.  Hope this helps. :)

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Maybe it is because you have a front loader. I have cloth diapered for 2 1/2 years and originally had a top load washer. I got a front loader about 6 months ago and oh my the smell!! I never had a problem before that. Now I have (I think) finally made my own little system. I do just a rinse with cold water first then I was normally on Hot/cold. I don't have a hot/hot or I would use that. Then I have to rinse rinse rinse. So I run a quick wash without detergent on warm/warm three or four times. It takes longer than my top loader, but it has cut out the smell. Best of luck.

User - posted on 01/05/2009

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i like to use dr bronner's tea tree oil castille soap for diaper washing. it seems to knock out the odors.
i wonder if it just might be necessary for you to do a basic 'stripping' of the diapers? though your wash routine seems pretty sound, the diapers might require and extra wash and rinse in order to remove detergent build up(this is often the real culprit of cloth diaper odor.)

Kate - posted on 01/04/2009

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I use soap nuts and have never had any issues with stink, repelling moisture, needing to strip, etc. They clean the diapers perfectly every time and I have no issues, I recommend them. I believe Michelle from www.rgnaturalbabies.com sells them, I have ordered from her before, very good service!

Vilate - posted on 01/03/2009

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Tara, I would suggest using tea tree oil in your wash, with every load of diapers. 3-8 drops. It helps kill the bacteria that can cause smell. Also, sun your diapers. Even if it is cold after you dry them hang them out in the sun the sun will bleach stains and kill smells, my hubby swears by this! Good luck.

Sara - posted on 01/03/2009

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I wash the diapers on hot cycle and use All free and clear. I also put a scoop of Oxiclean in the water before adding the diapers and rinse them a second time. I used to have the same problem, but it stopped when i started using Oxiclean. If your baby has solids, be sure to scrape it out (I use a baby wipe), if you are breastfeeding it just washes away.

Tara Hatton - posted on 01/02/2009

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I use the Imse Vimse flushable liners, so I don't have too much of a problem with poop on the dipes. I wash every 2-3 days. I heard not to use Dreft because it has fragrance and will cause detergent build-up. I swear this CD thing is overwhelming at first.

Catherine - posted on 01/02/2009

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Are you scraping out solids before washing? If not, try that. We use bumGenius too, with Dreft on Hot/Cold without a prewash. I don't put mine in the dryer, but I don't think that would cause a stink. Sometimes, if it's a really gross diaper, I'll spray it with a few squirts of Shout. You didn't mention how often you wash. Maybe they're in the pail too long?

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