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So, you think your diapers are repelling? Well, let’s pause for a minute and take a look at the facts.

What is Repelling? Repelling is the term used to describe a cloth diaper that has become water repellant and no longer properly absorbs liquid. A diaper that is truly repelling will be properly fit to your baby. The diaper will leak, however the insert will be nearly dry.

Can I test my diapers to see if they are Repelling? The only way to really know if your diapers are repelling is to use them. Dropping water on the diapers when they are not in use is not an effective way to test for repelling. Some fibers used in cloth diapers require the pressure of baby’s bottom to allow for proper absorption.

What causes Repelling? Repelling can be caused by many things including the following. There are other possibilities that can add to or cause your diapers to repel, but this list covers the main problems.

  • Using too much laundry detergent that allows for detergent to build up and leave residue on the diaper
  • Not using enough laundry detergent to clean the diapers properly.
  • Using laundry detergents that contain perfumes, dyes, softeners, whiteners or brighteners, enzymes, or other fabric enhancers. These ingredients can leave a residue on your diapers that can cause repelling.
  • Using diaper creams that are not approved for cloth diapers, or not using a liner when you do use non cloth diaper safe rash creams.
  • HE (high efficiency) washing machines that only use a small amount of water might not be able to properly rinse the diapers to remove any residue.
  • Washing diapers that haven’t been completely rinsed of the poo.
  • The water in your home is extremely hard or soft. Hard water can leave a build up of residue on your diaper. Extremely soft water, on the other hand, may not be able to rinse the diapers properly, causing build up.
How do I stop my diapers from Repelling liquid? Well, unfortunately, there is no perfect answer to this question. Every situation is different, and depending on the underlying cause, the solutions may differ. You will hear a lot of veteran cloth diaper mama’s referring to ‘stripping’ their diapers. This is when you switch up your normal wash cycle to either prevent your diapers from repelling or to fix diapers that are already repelling. Here is a list of things that you can do to strip your diapers:

  • Try switching up the amount of detergent you are using. Use less detergent and more water in your wash cycles. One exception to this is if your diapers are coming out of the dryer still stinky, you may need to use more detergent to better clean the diapers.
  • Use a product specifically made for stripping diapers. RLR Laundry Treatment is a popular choice to strip diapers. Kelly’s Closet sells RLR in small packets and all you have to do is add the RLR into your hot wash cycle to deep clean your diapers!
  • Dawn Dish Soap (the original Blue kind) works wonders at removing detergent buildup. Try adding one teaspoon (for high efficiency machines) to one tablespoon (for regular machines) to your hot water wash cycle.
  • Add an extra rinse cycle or two. Sometimes the biggest problem with repellant diapers is that not all of the detergent is rinsed off of the diapers. The best way to know if you need an extra rinse is to peak into the washer to check for soap bubbles. If there are lots of bubbles, you probably need an extra rinse.
  • If the buildup on your diaper is really tough, it may help to gently scrub the insides of your diapers a bit with a soft tooth brush while they are wet and soapy.
Remember, every situation of repelling diapers is different, so you may have to try a few of the tips listed above. If you still have problems with your diapers after stripping them, contact the manufacturer for advice. Happy washing and happy stripping! (That is, diaper stripping!)

(It is always recommended that you follow washing guidelines specified on your cloth diaper warranties as well as the usage guidelines in your washing machine warranty.)


Bio: Tara Yousef lives in Michigan with her wonderful husband, silly 17-month old son, and sleepy 2 week old daughter. She enjoys cloth diapering, baking, crafting and everything in between!
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Eeeek! My diapers are Repelling!

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If you are like me, you are relishing the day that you no longer use the diaper sprayer for poopy diapers and no longer have a diaper bag to carry around. This means putting the stash of cloth diapers on the shelf for friends to borrow or for any other babies we may have. It also means stashing a wet bag for wet swimsuits after the pool not for wet diapers. Fortunately my daughter is approaching potty training much like she has everything else -- wait...wait...wait...and why are you so far behind me? Catch up! She is on the early side of the trend (only 20 months), and apparently she doesn't like the feel of wet or poopy diapers anymore. Until about two weeks ago she cared less -- I mean, we're talking hated having her diaper changed because it cut down on playing time and was happy to pee in them until it came down her legs. But now if you ask her she'll tell you she is wet and she refuses to poop in her diapers anymore. She regularly runs to the potty and we have to catch up as she tears out of a room. After she sits on the potty she is very proud to tell you what she did, in the way only an almost-two-year old can, complete with a face splitting grin.

Now we are regularly sporting the cloth trainers. They have fun prints and actually fit her. Plus if she likes a pair it isn't like we are throwing them away -- I just have to wash them and she can wear them again, almost like she is training for the underwear she will soon wear. All of the underwear I have found falls off of her little tush, since the cloth trainers tend to be slightly adjustable or with more elastic around the legs and waist, this helps with keep them on her tush. She is also learning to manage getting her pants up and down, which the elastic bands on the cloth trainers help with tremendously. She will occasionally pee enough to wet everything down to her toes when she has a trainer on, but that's to be expected since the trainers hold almost nothing compared to a diaper.

As with diapers, different brands of trainers do different things. The Blueberry trainers are almost exactly like underwear, just a bit thicker. They have most of the same fun prints from the Blueberry diapers that my daughter loves, so she prefers those. The smalls fit her perfectly. They are also a bit more absorbent than the other brands we have tried.

We also have a few of the Fuzzibunz trainers that I found on clearance somewhere. These snap on the sides, which make for quick changes in an accident. However, if there is an accident changing the whole bottom part of an outfit is to be expected, so the snaps really offer a bit of adjustability more than functionality I have found.

We have ones from several more brands -- but they are the same brands we used for diapers like Kushies and Thirsties. Since we still have cloth diapers in our laundry rotation, we just wash the used trainers with our diapers. Overall if you cloth diaper your child and they need a bit of transition from diapers to underpants, then cloth training pants make the most sense. Most of the brands will have them, and of course look for the clearance sales or slightly used ones.

Bio: Carolyn and her beauty in training live in mountainous NC. Find other fun stuff at http://theccdad.blogspot.com.
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