This post is continued from Bemoaning Ammonia Part 1 posted on February 1st, 2011.
I have also tried some other tricks and solutions to fight the dreaded ammonia smell that I’ve gleaned from my research and/or conversations with other moms. With my new routine I really don’t feel that any of these are necessary, but if I have the time or the notion I will play around with them occasionally.
- Spraying diluted Bac-Out on diapers-I made a solution using distilled water and Bac-Out in a spray bottle to spray on particularly stinky diapers and inserts when they aren’t going to be washed immediately.
- Rinsing every diaper after a change-Let’s face it, this might have been possible when my daughter was immobile, but she hits the ground running after a diaper change so this really isn’t something I could stick to, nor do I believe it’s that effective.
- Adding water to front loader-I certainly don’t want to be a slave to my laundry, but if I do happen to catch it I will add some hot water to my wash cycle to allow the diapers to really swish around in there.
I am a true, self-professed cloth diaper lover and addict, but the idea of ammonia being an inescapable part of cloth diapering was very unsettling to me. Furthermore, the painstaking routine of weekly or even monthly soaks, stripping and bleaching just didn’t sit well with someone about to have a newborn and toddler in diapers. I can truly say I am in love all over again. I refuse to get cocky or rest on my laurels because ammonia has tricked me before and I’m sure it will trick me again. However, at this time I feel adequately prepared to tackle it with two very good solutions and several tricks of the trade. In sharing this I hope it will help other moms out there, frustrated with the smells, rashes and time-consuming solutions.
Disclaimer: The opinions are of the blog contributor and not of The Cloth Diaper Whisperer. We recommend reviewing the manufacturer’s washing instructions before using any product on your diapers.