Chelseaszidik - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I have chinese prefolds and they are stained terribly. I normally wash in hot water with seventh generation free and clear detergent. I have posted before and I tried the following suggestions:

Adding bleach to the wash

Adding oxy-clean (left a film on the diapers)

Adding baking soda to the wash

Sunning in direct sun light for 8 or so hours

Sunning in direct sun light with lemon juice on stains

Nothing has changed the staining. I am going out of my mind!! How can I get the stains out without ruining my diapers??


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Jen - posted on 09/12/2009




stop going out of your mind, you poor dear! diapers are for poop and pee, as long as they smell clean and keep your baby's skin happy, don't sweat it!

A thought ... I really prefer the unbleached prefolds, even though they take FOR. EV. ER. to get the intital cotton oils off (like, 6 or more hot washes with soap!!!) they do not show the stains as well and they seem thicker. I got mine for Green Mountain Diapers, but I assume any sized prefolds you can find will work great. Just make sure to get sized prefolds, the general sized prefolds are ridiculously bulky, in my opinion. The red edge work for both my 9 month old and 2 year old, so you'll be surprised how long they work for you.

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My husbands grandmother gave me a recipe for stain removal of prefolds. it's 1/4 cup liquid dishwasher detergent (casscade) 1/2 cup bleach and 1 gallon HOT water. When i had horrible stains, a 30 minute soak is all it took to get the horrible stains out. Good luck!

User - posted on 09/08/2009




In winter, when I can't get my nappies into the sun as much, the stains just stay. It used to bother me but now I figure they're clean, no one sees them and they're just going to get poo all over them again so why worry.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/01/2009




If they are clean I wouldn't care about the stains. It's not like they are worn on the outside where everyone can see. But I stick with my previous reply and just dye them.

Marci - posted on 09/01/2009




I use Charlie's-hot water. I haven't had any problems with staining. I actually just bought some used prefolds that had staining and washed them in bleach then Charlie's and the stains are gone. Maybe try some Charlie's.

Naomi - posted on 08/31/2009




my mom used to soak our diapers in some soap and bleach. sure overtime bleach can do some damage, but as long as you don't use too much too often it shouldn't be a problem

do you know what the stains are caused by? that's weird that all the stuff you tried hasn't worked...

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