Even the most seasoned cloth diapering parent will run into a washing issue with their cloth diapers at some point. Often, either due to what many call the “stinkies” or as a result of leaking caused by build-up on their diapers.
Both the stinkies and repelling (build-up of soap/creams or oils that cause leaking) are good candidates for stripping.
Stripping cloth diapers isn’t as fun as it sounds, but it can be simple if you let it. While an Internet search will yield thousands of remedies, many telling you to put your diaper through a rigorous routine that normally involves ingredients that sounds like they belong in a Hogwarts lesson- it can be simple.
Just “Rock a Soak.”
For the many Rockin’ Green Detergent users this involves soaking your diapers in 3 scoops of RnG overnight.
It should be noted that your soak routine could differ slightly depending on what your problem is.
If your diapers have “barnyard” stinkies you probably aren’t getting them clean enough. To remedy the smell and start “fresh” you can simply pre-rinse your diapers, wash them, rinse again, then follow the Soaking instructions.
Once your diapers are done soaking, rinse them once or twice then dry them. You might be surprised at how dirty your water looks after the soak!
If your diapers are suffering from the strong, nose hair burning smell of ammonia,
You can also rock a soak. Once you have washed and soaked your diapers, I would also prescribe a 30-60 minute soak in Funk Rock: the ammonia buster. I have done this myself to rid my diapers of strong ammonia stink caused by my toddler and it worked! As a bonus, my diapers and inserts looked brand new! After your Funk Rock treatment give them another wash or just a hot wash with no detergent, then let dry.
Repelling…. This is something that unfortunately happens to the best of us and can cause quite the headache! To get rid of the build-up on your diapers in a safe and easy way, rock a soak as directed above. Instead of rinsing once or twice, end the soak by doing a few hot washes with no detergent. At minimum I would do three. If you have a top loader just stop the washer before the requisite cold rinse since it is the hot water you want. You can even crank your hot water heater up for the occasion.
It should be noted that you can also rock a soak in your bathtub, a large utility sink, or even a wash tub if you have one!
Even though this process is time consuming (8-10 hours overnight, plus 2-6 hours the next day depending on how many washes/rinses you need) it is not labor intensive. The Rockin’ Green is doing all of the work for you!
Have you rocked a soak? What were the results?