how to get rid of cloth diaper funk smell

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




posting for my sister mainly but me too as every once in a while i notice the same thing she is dealing with its this hard to describe funk even after washing kinda like cleen poop if that makes any sense at all lol not sure how to get rid of it diapers have been stripped weve tried oxyclean tried sun bleaching tried bleach tried almost everything we know to get rid of it but yet it still remains mine seems to have stopped smelling of this funk but my sisters funk continues no matter what she does we use aio pockets not sure brand as they are the lot of 10 from china you buy on ebay just wondering if anyone knows what this funky smell is and how to get rid of it i have also tried both a wet and dry pail i have stuck with a dry pail due to my 1 yr old taking a likeing to dumping it all over the bathroom floor lots easier to clean up than a wet pail would be lol thanks


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Talysa - posted on 12/10/2011




I've also used the bleach/dawn dish soap to strip and LOVED it and we use bumgenius and the set of 10 from china on ebay [:

Georgiann - posted on 11/18/2011




To strip the diapers you take your "clean" but smelly diapers and boil them in a big canning pot on the stove for about 20 minutes. After that you wash in your machine with a very small amount of Dawn dish soap in cold or what ever (because you just had them in really HOT water for a while already.)

Adding a cup of vinigar in the wash load may help too.

You know its time to strip your diapers when they stink just after the diaper is soiled or wet or they are not as absorbant as they once were. Or possibley you little one keeps getting a rash.

You should be using HOT water to wash diapers during regular use.

Steps for laundering cloth diapers

1. Cold water wash (to remove poo etc.)

2. Hot water wash with 1/2 the detergent than box calls for and 1 cup vinigar from time to time.

3. Cold or Warm Extra rinse.

So a regular wash has 3 steps!

Does this help?

Amie - posted on 11/18/2011




If I'm striping my diapers is it ok to rinse them in cold water between washes because my washer does not have a hot wash and hot rinse cycle only a hot wash and cold rinse. Or warm warm.

Georgiann - posted on 11/16/2011




I think if you stripe the diapers by boiling them in a large pot on the stove for about 20 minutes or so then wash them in the wash machine with a small squirt of Dawn dish soap.(just a very small squirt as you don't want it to suds up in a hE washer. Also you can't boil diapers with waterproof rubber as it will break down. Also hanging diapers out to dry is great for diapers but not easy to do in winter!
I hope that works for you!


Paula - posted on 11/16/2011




What did you strip them with? there are so many different ways to strip!

I have used bleach and dawn dish soap with a lot of success when stripping, they came out super clean and fresh and fluffy. LOVED it! obviously you can't do that often, and you have to rinse them a LOT after wards, but for every 4 months or so it works well. Have you tried emailing the manufacturer of your diaper brand? The people who make my diapers are the ones who gave me the method I use when stripping and helped me out with it and assured me it was safe and had been tested multiple times with their diapers. I would recommend emailing whoever makes the diapers you use and seeing what they say.

I use bum genius diapers and the company cotton babies has been so helpful to me their customer service is great!

M - posted on 10/02/2011




i personally recommend washing in tide original powder. it gets rid of the worst funk and ammonia smells.

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