Post # 1
There are so many different recommended ways to strip the diapers, so I’m curious what you ladies do and how it works for you!
I usually just toss a packet of Oxyclean into the wash every couple of weeks, and so far the diapers don’t seem to have any smell to them so I guess it’s working??
Meanwhile, DD just managed to stain the heck out of a diaper with a blueberry poop. Internet wisdom seems to suggest putting the diaper in the sun to bleach out the stain. I’ve tried this before with a much less visible stain, and it didn’t work very well … but maybe I just didn’t leave it out there long enough? Any tips from those who have successfully gotten stains out of cloth dipes?
Post # 2
Honestly, I never had to strip my diapers with DD. I did one initial strip when they were new, using hot water and vinegar.
What type of diapers do you use again? With prefolds, I (on like, one occasion) used bleach to get out stains, otherwise I just left it or sunned them. They’re diapers, so I am not too concerned with stains lol
Post # 3
urchin: I use AIOs and pockets, so bleaching them directly is kind of out the window — don’t want to hurt the waterproof outer layer. I was totally with you on the not caring about stains thing until this blueberry poop incident. It happened at daycare so the oil-black poop sat in the diaper for hours before I got to it. LOL the diaper looks hideous now — if DH sees it he’ll throw it away!
I use Charlie’s laundry soap which is supposed to be really low residue, so maybe that’s why I haven’t really felt like I needed to do a full vinegar strip. It amazes me though … our own shower towels seem to get a weird smell to them pretty quickly and need to get washed in vinegar regularly, but the diapers that spend most of their time soaking wet with pee and poo don’t get smelly?? WTF.
Post # 4
I just discovered that you can use hydrogen peroxide as an alternative to bleach. It is far less agressive and you can either presoak or use it in the laundry machine:
Post # 5
blue_cat77: oh wow, this is great info! thanks!!! definitely going to give this a try.
Post # 6
I have had great results from putting diapers out in the sun to fade stains. They are usually mostly gone after an hour or two; if you really want them to disappear completely it’s a good idea to leave them all day. It also seems to work better if the diapers are still wet when you set them out in the sun.