I thought I had it figured out and that we were cruising along just fine when…. wham! I got knocked over by the smell of ammonia and dead animals. I’m talking about our cloth diapers. Wow, talk about getting thrown for a loop! I’d laundered my diapers using our coin-op machines three times and then every.single.diaper I used on baby G smelled awful. He didn’t seem too pleased either, his bum was pretty pink after removing his overnight diaper. I think he was pretty close to an ammonia burn, I almost passed out from the smell when I opened his dipe! After a lot of research and talking to the ladies over at my local cloth diapering store here are the conclusions I reached. First, the machine I use has a detergent build up in it from all of the tenants and their different store bought detergents. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that I can do about that, short of stripping the machine before I wash everytime, and well, I can’t afford to do that. Second, I’m not rinsing my diapers enough. Third, I never should have used ALL free and clear, it has clearly gunked up my diapers, ever after just one use.
So the solution that we’ve come up with, I’m only part way through, so I’ll have to update you with the final result. But here’s the plan: Step one, boil all the diapers. Step two, wash all diapers on hot wash with Country Save detergent. Step three, run another cycle on cold with a cup of white vinegar instead of detergent. Step four, dry diapers completely. Following this, if it is sucessful I will presoak in cold overnight then do steps two through four for all subsequent washes until we notice funk again.
Yikes! This is so not what I wanted to do with my Tuesday!
A quick update here: I’m wrapping up this wild day and am so pleased to report that it worked! The diapers are fresh and clean. While it will cost me more, moving forward, to clean the diapers, it will be worth it in the long run, if I don’t have to spend another day boiling diapers on my stove. (Fortunately, the diapers didn’t stink while they were being boiled)