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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?

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My little boy is now a month old and life is starting to almost seem normal…well, a new kind of normal…okay maybe the word normal is stretching it!  I have been so excited to explore this world of newborn cloth diapering and I can finally start branching out now that his umbilical stump has finally fallen off and he has started to pack on some pounds.
 
Four Weeks: The little man is now 10 lbs 8 ounces and 22 inches.  Because they are just so adorable and seem so comfy-cozy I am still putting him in the Rumparooz Lil Joeys, being careful to change these more frequently to prevent leaks.  I have unsnapped the umbilical snap-down and the fit is still very good, but the leaks are hit or miss. 

After much anticipation I have been able to pull out my BumGenius All-in-One X-Smalls, my Fuzzi Bunz X-Smalls (snap and aplix) and my Happy Heinys Mini One-Size Pockets.  I absolutely love the BG AIO and the Fuzzi Bunz pockets.  The BG’s and FB fit well, are very trim and haven’t leaked at all.  I definitely prefer the aplix with a newborn because I feel like I can get a really custom fit, although the snaps on the FB have worked nicely as well.  My only complaint would be the aplix on the FB (a fairly new feature for FB).  It’s super strong, which normally wouldn’t be a complaint, but there’s something very difficult about fully detaching them from the laundry tabs.  The aplix also seems to be curling a bit.  I would still consider buying more FB with aplix, however, because I love the diaper and relish the ease and fit of aplix.  I will definitely be purchasing a couple more BG AIO and Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size diapers, sizing up to Smalls to help bridge the gap between newborn and One-Size diapers.

I have always thought Happy Heinys were somewhat boxy by design on my daughter and I have found these Mini pockets to fit the same with my son.  This fit, however, doesn’t seem to affect their performance thus far.  They fit nicely on the legs and because I can overlap the aplix on the waist I can get a good snug fit there as well.  I haven’t had any leaks either.  The nice thing about the Mini Pockets is that the different size options will allow them to grow with the baby.  He is currently on the smallest of three settings which will give us a lot of wiggle room as he grows.

I still have a couple of diapers to test out as my little guy grows.  I bought one or two of several different diapers to try because I just didn’t know which ones I would like and what his body-type would be.  As I have said before my preference is a trim diaper so I don’t plan on breaking out my one-size diapers until about 3-4 months (although at the rate this little one is growing it may be sooner).  Until then I have a couple more “newborn” diapers to test-drive.  I have yet to try the Applecheeks in Size 1, the Tot Bots Tiny Fit and the Thirsties Cover in Size X-Small.  These are all slightly bigger than the others so I have waited a bit to put them on him.
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Everyone does their research – and everyone talks about how overwhelming all the information out there about cloth diapers can be.

It drives me crazy though, how many times (it seems like a million!) I have read the same “basics” over again. That modern cloth diapers aren’t anything like the old-fashioned kind and that there are basically four types (all-in-ones, hybrids, pockets and diaper-cover combos).  Some throw in there the pros and cons of snaps and aplix/hook-and-loop (and by that they mean Velcro). Yes, we get it.  That part was easy to figure out.  But having used cloth diapers almost exclusively for about 5 months now, there are plenty of OTHER things I wish someone had spelled out so simply.  Buying the diapers was the fun part, but using and caring for them is another experience.

So here are my recommendations for the must-knows about cloth diapering (a verb) as opposed to cloth diapers (noun):

  • When prepping your diapers to use for the first time, natural fabrics need washed several times. You don’t have to wash microfiber repetitively to get them to full absorbency. That is something that doesn’t seem to be widely understood.
  •  Even when you’ve read a thousand articles to help you choose the best system for you, you might be surprised by what you end up liking. I’d recommend trying a few different types of diapers before throwing all your money into one kind.
  • As for keeping them clean, well, let’s just say this can take some practice and LOTS of water. Expect your water bill to go up some. Expect to sniff diapers on a regular basis. Expect to be paranoid about if they’re actually clean. And then just when you think you have it all figured out, expect something to throw you off track again. I still struggle with all this, but the basics? Be very careful about what you put on your diapers. The only truly safe thing in my humble opinion? Strive to make skin, pee, poo and a cloth-diaper safe detergent the only things to ever touch them, ever.
  • I’ve read about adding everything from vinegar, baking soda or bleach to the wash but before you do anything to risk harm to your diapers (They are an investment, people!), try a few things first: rinse each diaper as it’s dirtied; soak them with your cloth-diaper safe detergent for awhile; do some extra rinses, and then some more extra rinses.
  • Also, the less time the waterproof fabrics spend in the dryer, the better: My routine is to hang up all the shells while the inserts go in the dryer.
  • Despite many articles you might read about how wonderful cloth is for baby’s skin, it’s unrealistic to expect that you won’t ever have a rash again. Acidic foods, bacteria, a too-wet diaper, the switch to solids, are all among the things that can still make rashes happen. When they do, take care to protect those costly cloth diapers from making any contact with butt cream. This has probably been my biggest battle.
  • When you experience leaking or other issues, don’t give up. I have been lucky in this department, but after all the reading I’ve done I know there’s a solution for everything, so seek help from someone who knows what they are doing (the wonderful people at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer’s Facebook page are always willing to give advice!) and don’t give up.
  • Even when you have it all figured out, don't assume other people do. When you let someone else (dad, day care, grandma) put a diaper on your baby, make sure they have it down too or else you might end up with the dreaded butt cream, an upside down insert or too-loose snaps, to name a few.
  • And finally, expect to become an obsessed advocate. Even when there are times the things drive you crazy, you’ll fall in love with how much less trash you and your baby are creating, how much better your house smells (Have you ever emptied a full Diaper Genie?), and not having to throw diapers in the shopping cart week after week.

 Jessica is a working mom of one toddler and recently started blogging about her juggle with going green at tangledupingreen.blogspot.com.
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Some REAL Cloth Diapering Basics

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When I was pregnant and spent countless hours researching which cloth diapers would make up my initial stash, I thought choosing what to wash them with would be the easy part. Was I wrong! I expected there to be a quick solution that I could add to my registry, but one web page led me to the next, and the next, which all seemed to be filled with conflicting information. At first I thought any mainstream “Free & Clear” detergent would suffice until I stumbled upon different detergent charts. Then after reading glowing reviews on Charlie’s Soap I decided on that, until I kept reading and saw that it gave some babies horrible rash. Expecting clarity after more research, I became more confused. I didn’t want my new diapers to get a bad case of the stinks, and I definitely didn’t want my newborn to have a red bum!

I finally decided on Country Save as it seemed like a safe bet. It worked great for the first few months when we were living in our old house with an old washer that probably used more water than I’d care to admit. Then we moved to a home with a smaller washer, but the same amount of diapers to wash…then came the dreaded stinks that I had read about.

First I tried stripping with just load after load of hot water. The success of that was very short lived. I picked up some blue Dawn and again, noticed a slight improvement but not worth all the time and water it took. About this time I had seen more and more about Rockin’ Green and read positive reviews; I did an overnight soak (this was before Funk Rock came out) and switched to using that as our detergent but it just didn’t work for us.

I decided I needed to boil all my prefolds and microfiber inserts – another “tip” I had read about online – so I went to a discount store and picked up the “diaper cauldron” as my husband calls it. After boiling several small batches for 15 minutes each I was very pleased with the results…until about a month later when the stinks gradually made a comeback.

I didn’t want to have to resort to baking soda and vinegar, but I caved. I would sprinkle two tablespoons of baking soda in the diaper pail (which helped my daughter’s room smell better) and bought a Downy ball and filled it with ¼ cup vinegar. I always do a cold pre-wash, followed by the hot wash with detergent (this is when the Downy ball would be added too), and a cold rinse. This added more work, but I was convinced it would be worth it. It wasn’t.

As a die-hard CDer, I couldn’t resort to using Tide even though I had read that it worked well on fluff. That stuff wasn’t even allowed in my house! After a severe inner struggle, I decided to buy some original powder Tide. It felt weird putting it in my shopping cart, like I was doing something illegal. I even had a coupon, something that hasn’t happened with me and laundry detergent in a long time. But, I was desperate, so don’t judge me!

Well, it worked – and continues to work! I use about half the recommended amount and it hasn’t give my daughter a rash either. After this whole ordeal I’ve learned that just with cloth diapers, what works for some may not work for others, and what you think you’d never do may just be now what you’d never do without.

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic with a 14-month-old daughter who has the cutest diaper butt on the block!
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My hubby and I have been married for two years and are expecting our first child at the end of August, a baby girl to be named Noah. I decided after reading a lot of articles and blogs about cloth diapering that it was the choice for us and our baby, but I knew I had to get Chad (the hubs) on board.  Chad is a major Type-A personality. He always wants to be in control, and it’s important that things are his idea and that his opinion matters. He is a small-business owner, if that helps describe him at all, he very much has the “I’m the Boss” personality. What’s good for us is that for the most part he lets me make all of the decisions regarding planning for Noah’s arrival, but anything that we will have to spend money on will have to be run by him first. So…I had that working against me, because I was pretty firm in my decision-once I make my mind up it’s been made up.  My top two reasons for choosing to cloth diaper our baby were the positive effects it has on the environment and the negative effects disposable diapers can have on the baby’s health.
 
Attempt 1: My husband could not care less about the environment, there is only one person in this relationship that cares about recycling, reducing our Carbon footprint, and saving our environment and that person is yours truly. So my ‘it’s better for the planet’ argument  and the details on the numbers of one use diapers sitting in landfills got some chuckling in return. He laughed at me.

Attempt 2: Chad may not want to save the whales, but he isnt’ heartless. I have suffered since infancy from severe Eczema and skin allergies, so I love that cloth diapers reduce the risk of skin rashes and diaper rashes in babies. The chemicals in disposable diapers have been known to cause a myriad of health problems for babies. Some studies have even been done linking disposable diapers to infertility! As I’m reading Chad my research I can tell he is taking it to heart, he has suffered along with me
through my unexplained monthly full-body rashes and horrible dry skin in the winter. Not only does he have to rub me down with Eucerin a couple times a day, and sit up with me when the Prednisone keeps me up at night, but I may complain a little bit (at least that is what he says). I finish my very passionate speech about the health benefits of cloth diapering and he gives me that look. Darn! Close but no cigar, folks!

As many of you who have cloth diapered babies before know there is another significant benefit to cloth diapering over using disposables. I decide to pull out the big guns and fill Chad in on the financial statistics of cloth diapers.

Attempt 3: I gather together my print outs from all of the websites I looked at that list the prices of cloth diapers versus the money spent on one use diapers over the first two years of a child’s life. I had charts, testimonials, and print outs of some of the popular brands of cloth diapers that I liked. My research showed that the average family could save around $2000 over the first two years by using cloth diapers over disposable ones. One site showed the average number of diapers used in a week for newborns and the cost for disposable diapers and a diaper service side by side. Newborns go through 70 diapers a week on average costing $39.90 a week for one use diapers and only $17.50 for using a cloth diaper service!! That’s less than half of the cost! And I’m not even planning on using a diaper service. My girlfriends are throwing me a diaper and diaper accessory only shower so that I can stock up on the diapers before-hand! And I have no problem washing them myself! Chad looks at me doubtingly. I explain about tools like diaper sprayers and that special detergents aren’t necessary unless you want them.  And did I mention the savings??? DING! DING! DING! We have a winner! He looks over the evidence, and he’s in. Sweet, I fist pump the air in victory.

Now that I’ve made my husband a believer we’re both stoked and looking at the precious options from the huge selection of cloths diapers out there only gets us more excited about our little one coming. I guess the next step is to educate our immediate family and go ahead and form a tough shell so we can brush off the laughs we get from other parents and the discouragement from nay-sayers. A baby is going to be a struggle and huge change no matter what you’re putting on it’s tush, but I am so excited to have a house united for cloth diapers.

My research came from:
http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php --- Real Diaper Association
http://www.diapernet.org/whycloth.htm --- National Association of Diaper Users

Cloth Diapers I like:
FuzziBunz, Rumparooz, Happy Heinys - All available from KELLY’S CLOSET!

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