cloth wipe odor

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




I use a basic recipe 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp natural soap and 1 cup water mixed about once a week. I soak the wipes and squeeze the excess and place in a lionheart cloth wipes container. I wash them with my prefolds\covers. And i just bought a new pillow. Lately i have been getting a musty smell from them. Do I need to strip them like my prefolds?



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Ana - posted on 01/11/2010




The solution we use is 1/4 cup aloe vera juice, 3/4 cup distilled water, 3 drops tee tree oil, and 3 drops lavender oil. I make up a batch every time i do diaper laundry and store them wet. Lavender and tee tree are both anti fungal, and tee tree is antibacterial as well; never had musty issues at all! Oh, and they smell great and leave my daughters butt soft and smooth!

Tessa - posted on 01/07/2010




Because of the oil you might have to strip them. Oil doesn't wash out as easily as other things. That being said, I used lavander oil mixed with grapeseed oil. It's much thinner than olive oil is and I haven't had any issues with my wipes.

Winter - posted on 01/07/2010




I would try srtipping them. I have heard of the combination of the warmer and wipes sitting in them making wipes musty before. I love the idea of having warm wipes, but after hearing this story from others who use warmers, I opted out. Instead, I keep my solution in a kandoo pump and I leave my wipes dry. I just pump what I need and my baby is used to the temperature. You could also try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your warmer to help with the bacteria growth, and remember to clean it out every week. The warm temperature makes it an ideal growing condition. I hope this helps!

Sigrid - posted on 01/07/2010




I agree with Danielle! I prewet my wipes, too (so much easier, I think!), and use baby shampoo, baby oil, and a few drops of melaleuca oil (which is just tea tree oil) and I've never had a problem with odor!

Good luck!

Bethany - posted on 01/07/2010




I put my wipes in with the nappies each time, and every few washes I make the water hot. This, and the vinegar I use in the softener dispenser get rid of the oil each time.

I use 500mls warm water in a lunchbox, with a teaspoon of Apricot Kernel Oil, a drop of Tea Tree oil and a drop of Ylang Ylang oil. I put about 7 flanalette (old sheet) wipes into the water folded in quarters and just leave them in there. Each time I take one out, I put another in. I do this until all the water is gone, which takes a few days. Has worked for 11 mths so far.

They always smell neutral/fresh.

I'd ditch the soap. Even plain water will do usually. And try using vinegar in your rinse cycle, it will strip the detergent/soap out.

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2010




If you're going to prewet them, I would suggest some tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract in the solution because they're antifungal and will help prevent funky odors :D That's what I've done for the past 3 years and I've yet to have an issue!

User - posted on 01/05/2010




I agree with Elizabeth. I wet them when I use them. When I'm out I carry a wipe solution in a little squeezy bottle and just wet them down as I use them as well.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/20/2009




Wet them as you use them (plain ole water works great). Don't store wet.

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I haven't run into that ... I usually add maybe 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener cycle every time I wash to prevent mildew and residue build up.

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