Our finances suddenly became very tight (and that’s still an understatement at that) over the last two years, we started cutting on what we could. While it might have been a great idea, I shouldn’t have scrimped on one thing:
Laundry Soap. I started making homemade soap to save money. It still got my clothes clean and the diapers didn’t stink. As far as I was concerned, it worked and saved us money. That is where I went terribly wrong.
I didn’t notice the build up on my son’s Happy Heinys and no one had worn the bumGenius 3.0s in a while (he is 32 lbs and 20 months old and grew out of them around his first birthday) so I didn’t realize how much buildup had accrued. One of the main ingredients in the soap is a wax-like soap. Buildup was inevitable.
When my second daughter arrived in September, I was so excited to get her in the bumGenius 3.0s I had waiting. They looked so cute but they leaked EVERY TIME. I was getting frustrated with clothing and diaper changes all the time. I must have changed diapers AND clothes (and my clothes too) every hour or two. The inserts were barely wet! I almost tossed the 3.0s…but I couldn’t part with them yet- that would be an even bigger waste! There was another solution.
We have a great Real Diaper Association in our area and I went to get advice from the group leader.
Apparently, BG’s suede-like fabric is REALLY sensitive to laundry detergent. She’s personally had problems and around the 2 year mark, most people find that their BG’s get a lot of build up and start repelling. She gave me an Anti-Repelling and Buildup Recipe.
- Separately soak covers and soakers (I used my diaper pail and a five-gallon bucket)
- Fill with HOT water. Add ½ Tablespoon of Charlie’s Soap (I’d assume Rock ‘n Green will work too) and a generous amount of baking soda.
- Stir and let sit for 1 to 4 hours (if it’s really bad, soak them overnight). I soaked them for 6 because I couldn’t find time to get them in the washer (I have three kids…I’m busy.)
- Wash again on HOT in the washing machine. Don’t add more soap. Run a rinse or two.
If the build up is really bad, she also recommended turning the diapers inside out and scrubbing the backside of the suedecloth to force the build up out.
And like magic, the diapers stopped leaking and even the Happy Heinys work better! They feel different too. I know that sounds silly but I can feel the difference. That’s how bad it was.
I now use Charlie’s Soap on everything. My stash is saved and so is my life from disposables or having to purchase a whole new stash!
By Jillayne T.