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Help! My diapers are trying to mildew!!
First off: ewww.
I wash my diapers every two days and have recently had to throw out some microfiber inserts that just got too mildewy. Worse than that was one of my beautiful goodmama diapers that looked fine in the morning after it got peed in and was grey when I came home that night.
I don't put the lid of my diaper pail because it's not that stinky and I don't want it to get warm and stuffy in there.
The day before my goodmama mildewed, I'd washed and laid all the diapers out to sun for the first time this spring. Could they have picked up extra mildew spores there?
I washed them all with some bleach after the goodmama, which I don't like to do but it had to be done. I don't want to cause premature aging of my diapers but I can't have them mildewing on me.
Should I try grapefruit seed extract? Will the remaining rumparooz microfiber inserts ever look white again? Should I just toss them and buy new ones?
Wow! That is a really fast growth to look fine in the morning and be molded that evening. From what I read mold only germinates in 6-12 hours and can take 1-12 days to actually colonize so for you to have something molded over in a matter of hours is baffling! First, are you 100% certain it's mold? I know that sounds like a stupid question but like I said given what I read it's like supernatural for something to grow mold that fast so I was just wondering if it might be something else? (I have no idea what else it might be...I'm just throwing out possibilities here. lol) I would def try the gfse before tossing as from I've read it is a pretty potent antibacterial/antifungal and in theory should take care of any active mold/mildew. After that I would try relocating my diaper pail to the coolest, driest enviroment possible since mold needs a warm and wet enviroment to thrive. I wouldn't think that having dried them outside would have increased mold growth so long as it was sunny that day and they dried thoroughly. Do you have a mold problem in general? I know some areas are more prevalent than others when it comes to mold growth. I don't really have any other suggestions...perhaps someone who has actually dealt with it more may be more helpful. Good luck!
Rhonda~ Apostolic Christian wife to Randall and Momma to 9 wonderful blessings!
Proud mom to an Army Infantryman!
I agree with Rhonda.
Get some GFSE and try that first.
owner and author of All About Cloth Diapers
Christian homeschooling mom to 5 children
How long did it take your diapers to dry outside? I know mine are often not 100% dry after 5 hours of being outside if it is really humid. Also, I've found I have to hang them and not lay them flat.
Hope this helps.
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