strip washing pocket nappies

Crystal - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi,

My son is in both bumgenious and coolababy pocket nappies and the coolababy ones are starting to leak as soon as he does his first wee it just comes out the side and does not soak into the pad!! I think i need to do a strip wash but have heard that bicarb and vinegar are not good for the elastic and shouldn't be used on pocket nappies!

What should i use to strip was them? I was going to use normal washing up liquid but not sure about that one?

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Lisa - posted on 01/23/2009

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I use a table spoon of Dawn dish washing detergent in a wash with CLEAN diapers. I make sure to do 2 or 3 rinses just to make sure it all comes out and there are no more bubbles, it works really well. I do this only after a few HOT washes with no soap and if it is not enough to get it all out. I use detergent suitable for cloth diapers so the build doesn't really happen with mine (I use Fuzzi Bunz) but I do this Dawn wash once every 2 months just to prevent it.

Kimberly - posted on 01/22/2009

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I don't ever strip my diapers any more, because I run them in two full cycles of rinse after I was them and this seems to have fixed all the problems I used to have with leaking and stinking. But if you don't want to use that much water each time you wash, then I used to have good luck using Dawn dish soap (any grease cutting liquid dish soap reportedly works...and only use a teaspoon or so...) and 3 or 4 cycles of the very hottest water. Use the dish soap in your first cycle. Then your regular no-residue detergent in the 2nd cycle and then run at least 2 more hot cycles with no additives of any kind. I don't use vinegar or baking soda as I have had experience with them breaking down both the elastics and the pu material...

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2009

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I was so interested in this thread as I was going to ask this!! I have pockets, AIO's and fitteds, and I find my pockets seem to retain some stink more than the other diapers. I have tried putting vinegar in the rinse and another time with my wash, as I have heard of doing. It seems to help, but my pockets still seem to smell a bit-- mostly noticed after my daughter has worn them an hour or two.
I have heard various ways to strip diapers- and was interested to see what works best. And again, the using vinegar or dish soap has worked awesome for my fitteds, and my AIOs but not my pockets-- wonder why??

Elizabeth - posted on 01/22/2009

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You know, I've not stripped my 15 mo olds pockets EVER, but I hear that Dawn dishwashing liquid (if you can get that outside the US, I don't know) works great. Does sound like they might need to be stripped.

Anne - posted on 01/22/2009

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I use fuzzibunz diapers. I usually strip them once or twice a month by washing them three times in hot water/cold rinse: once normally with my CD detergent and a couple of drops of tea tree oil; next, no detergent and some vinegar in the rinse; lastly, no detergent and no other additives. Seems to work for me, as I put my son in these diapers even to sleep at night, and he hasn't had a leak in ages.

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