On April 2, 2009, I asked, “What is your biggest issue with cloth diapers?“ It’s amazing how time doesn’t change the answer much.
I’m a mom just like you. I am busy, my to-do list is way too long, there is always someone needing something, I hardly have time for a shower, and I can never catch up on laundry. So the last thing I need is cloth diaper problems.
One problem that I can’t stand is stink! Stink when they pee, stinky poop, stinky diaper pail, stink when I dump them in the washer, stink stink stink.
Some of the stink I can’t do anything about (poop will always stink) but others I can prevent or coverup.
To help with the diaper pail smells you’ll remember my recent post on Lil’ Outlaws Pail Pardner. I bought a mini-mason jar salt shaker from Walmart to dispense it and now I’m always deoderizing the pail, carpet, laundry baskets…
I have several different scents and all of them are good! Jacklen lives near me (yeah for me!) and I love that she has a product that remedies/prevents a stink problem.
Another product I can’t live without is Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator. When Sterling was born all the laundry was handled by my husband for more than a week. When I started washing the cloth diapers again I found that all the Bac-out was gone. I told myself that I’ve cloth diapered years without Bac-out so they should be fine. A week later everyone in the house was disgusted by the stink!
Every time Paisley would pee the smell would knock us out! Paisley uses pocket diapers with a Blueberry microfiber/hemp insert. Without Bac-out these types of inserts are bound to smell.
Bac-out also eats away all those nasty bacteria that if not washed out will cause stink issues of their own. The natural enzymes in Bac-out must be thoroughly washed out so as to not cause a rash on your child, which is why I use it in the pre-wash.
Our week without Bac-out has prompted me to stock up and buy in bulk! Problem #2 solved.
As long as I don’t have to deal with disgusting cloth diaper problems then I can effectively survive this chaotic time in my life. It’s nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel though. I am beginning to feel that a routine is on the horizon and that I may possibly be able to resume my career as chef, maid, chauffeur, referee, coach, teacher, gardener (ha! my 2 barely surviving ivies are laughing at that), and handyman.
What are your biggest issues with cloth diapers? Is it stains? Leaks? Rashes? Let me know and we can work through them together. I’ve probably dealt with it in some way and there’s no need for both of us to lose our sanity over it!
It’s funny to go back and read about your own life. Things are so much busier now than they were 2 1/2 years ago but overall I’d have to say it’s much more peaceful. Routine will help with that.
I don’t use Lil’ Outlaws Pail Pardner anymore but I would still recommend it.
What cloth diaper issues are plaguing your life right now?