It’s one word that can strike fear into the heart of any parent. We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of reinfections and constant cycles of treatment…
But let’s get a little real for a minute.
The nightmares we read about online and hear from other parents are sometimes a little exaggerated. Kind of like ‘the fish was **THIS** big’ stories that fishermen sometimes tell. ;)
If you handle this the right way the first time, you shouldn’t have an unending cycle of yeast infections on your baby. (Keywords: How to Sanitize, How to Disinfect, Sanitizing, Disinfecting)
It’s important to know if the rash you are dealing with is really yeast in the first place. Other rashes often look similar and can be misdiagnosed as yeast. Consult this post for descriptions of a few common baby rashes and see if your little one’s rash looks anything like one described. If you can’t figure out what a rash is or it isn’t clearing up, call your pediatrician.
If you are looking for more information on treating yeast on your baby, you should check this out: Killing the Dreaded Yeast Monster.
How to get rid of the yeast on cloth diapers:
You need to decide if you are going to continue to use your cloth diapers or go with disposables during treatment.
- If you use disposable diapers, you only need to treat the cloth diapers once.
- If you choose to stay in cloth, be sure you are using a liner with the treatment cream if it’s a prescription or not otherwise CD safe. A cut up t-shirt will work as a liner. You can also purchase a disposable liner that is something like this. You will have to treat cloth diapers each time they are washed while treating the yeast on your baby. Depending how often you are washing and how long the treatment lasts, this could be 2-3 times.
Every family’s needs are different and either way will work. Go with what works best for you and your family. There is no wrong answer here.
Chlorine Bleach: Chlorine bleach is a common disinfectant. The downside is that straight bleach will ruin your clothes; be careful what you’re wearing when handling it. Color safe bleach doesn’t disinfect; make sure you don’t grab that by mistake. Also, not all bleaches are created equal. For disinfection, purchase a bleach that has at least 5.25% sodium hypochlorite.
Never pour bleach directly into the machine as it can ruin/weaken the fabrics it touches before diluting. Do not mix bleaches. This means don’t mix chlorine bleach with oxygen bleach or color safe bleach. Use only one bleach to avoid a potentially hazardous chemical reaction.
Bleach is the second most common disinfectant after hot water. It is very effective and kills just about everything. The major cons of using bleach are that it can ruin laundry items if used improperly and can cause fabric to wear out/fade more quickly. It is dangerous to directly inhale and while it kills yeast, it doesn’t kill yeast spores (for yeast spore killing, see Grapefruit Seed Extract below).
You may have heard to only use cold water when disinfecting with bleach. Per Clorox, “As long as label instructions are followed, you can be confident that the laundry is safely and effectively disinfected regardless of the water temperature. – See more at: https://www.clorox.com/dr-laundry/proper-water-temperature-for-disinfecting/#sthash.6evMgcVe.dpuf “. Hot water aids in cleaning and stain fighting power. (If I you have a choice, that is what I recommend.)
To disinfect: Use warm or hot water and soak clean diapers for 15 minutes. Then rinse until odor is gone. Here are the dilution ratios for various load sizes:Top Loader: Small- 1/3 cup, Med- 1/2 cup, Large- 3/4 cupTop Loader (HE): Small- 1/4 cup, Med- 1/3 cup, Large- 1/2 cupBathtub: 1/2 full- 1/2 cupBucket: 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water
Grapefruit Seed Extract: Synthesized from the seeds and pulp of the grapefruit, it’s a very broad spectrum microbicide, bactericide, fungicide, antiparasitic, and anti-viral. Grapefruit Seed Extract has shown to be effective at killing yeast spores. It also kills staph, strep, salmonella, e.coli., herpes and influenza!
GSE has been tested and found to be anywhere from 10 to 100 times more effective against these offending microorganisms than chlorine bleach, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, and iodine.It is becoming the disinfectant of choice in hospitals, too!
It can be expensive, so the other options on here are far more economical for other disinfecting, but when it comes to yeast – this is the single most effective way to stop it in its tracks on your clothing and cloth diapers. You can buy it at your local health food store or on Amazon. One treatment usually takes one bottle of GSE which runs about $9.
This is not a natural alternative. There are limited studies, but the existing ones point to the preservatives in GSE and not the actual GSE being the disinfectant. So I will say that this is an effective option, but not a natural one.
For more evidence of GSE as a disinfecting agent, please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12165191
To Disinfect: Use 4 ounces of GSE to a load of large load of laundry, this can be added right to your normal wash cycle. Wash and dry normally. You should treat everything that was touched including wipes, wet bags as well as all cloth diapers.
**If you can’t use bleach or GSE due to sensitivities, you can also use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. Please go here for more details and directions.**
The Real Diaper Association has a yeast study on effectiveness of various laundry treatments. I think it is very interesting and I share it often. To see it for yourself, click here.
I’d love to hear from you! Has your child ever had a yeast infection? How did you effectively treat it?
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