Since June of this year I have been blogging and Facebooking about my extreme annoyance with ammonia.
In June, I asked are “Ammonia cloth diapers burning your baby?” That post is where I talked about RLR. I tried it, it worked for a little while and then I was right back where I started.
In July, Majaliwa Bass of Pooters Diapers wrote a guest post about Cleaning Your Diapers the HARD Way. From this post I took her suggestion to try Rockin Green Hard Rock. Again, I had very temporary slight success but soon Sterling was burning again.
Finally, at the end of July I wrote about using Tide on my cloth diapers. Tide gave me the longest stretch of success but ultimately it was a come and go problem that never really went away. The ammonia would lessen but it was always there. I think I began to accept that I was going to have some ammonia so a little wouldn’t hurt. Plus, as long as I remembered to lather on the Grandma El’s Sterling wouldn’t be burned in the morning…simply a band-aid not a cure.
Then, in October I wrote about The Importance of Rinsing. Still very important but not a cure. The ammonia just didn’t relent.
All of the trial and error was beginning to frustrate even this seasoned cloth diaper veteran. Not to mention my husband’s confusion as to why this “cloth diaper expert” couldn’t fix the problem.
At the end of October, Kim Webb of Rockin Green contacted me about her new “ammonia busting” product she was releasing in November. I agreed to test it out. Honestly, a small sample pack didn’t produce results for me. However, I wasn’t using it the right way.
When Funk Rock was released in November I bought a bag because I was still having problems and I wanted to give it a far shot. You’d think that I would have soaked the diapers right away, right?
I’m pretty stubborn. I let the Funk Rock sit while I experimented with Borax–kind of a funny story. I get sidetracked in the grocery store a lot and while browsing the laundry aisle (isn’t that what every laundry frustrated mom does??) I saw the Borax. I’ve read about it forever so I bought a box. After using it I did see improvement but just like the other attempts the ammonia came back— and Clean B along with a number of different cycle settings on my machine.
Finally, I was fed up. I filled up the bathtub with all the hot water my water heater had, added 4 TB Funk Rock, then dumped in every cloth diaper item I had (I first cleaned the dirty ones). Meanwhile, I had our HUGE pot on the stove boiling water. My husband helped me carry it to the tub and we poured it over the diapers. Then, I added about 4 TB more of the Funk Rock. I loved the fizzing noise it made :)
I let the diapers (32 inserts and 30+ diapers) soak for about 12 hours. I drained the tub and painstakingly rung each item out. I was seriously cramping and giving myself pep talks near the end.
I tossed them in the washer and ran 2 cycles with no detergent for rinsing purposes. Last night Sterling was back in cloth and I was praying Funk Rock had done it’s job.
I woke up several times last night in anticipation for the morning sniff test…isn’t that hilarious? Who wakes up and can’t wait to sniff a pee saturated diaper? Oh, well.
I changed Sterling at about 8am after 12 hours in the Bum Genius 4.0 w/ 2 microfiber inserts. Hesitantly and with a bit of fear (if you’ve inhaled ammonia you know where the fear comes from) I deeply sniffed the inserts. At this point I’m thinking us cloth diaper moms are a little crazy. Typing this makes me feel silly.
Anyways, I am so over-the-top, head-over-heels, jumping out of my skin excited to report that there was ZERO ammonia. Not even a teeny tiny hint. I wish I could record the smell just to prove it to you. NO AMMONIA! I have never, ever had the ammonia completely gone.
The sad thing is I am afraid to do my next load of cloth diapers. Now that I have them fixed I don’t want to mess them up. Which detergent am I going to go with? Lots of decisions to make but at least I know how to fix the problem if it arises in the future.
I want others to share their success with Funk Rock. I have hard water and a FL machine. I honestly think if it worked in my situation it can help with others.