Build-up in diapers can manifest in a number of ways, all of them unpleasant. If your diapers are leaking, stink of ammonia every morning or your baby has rashes then you have a build-up problem.
Here are a few products available that will remove the build-up in your diapers and restore them to their original functioning capacity. Follow the directions on the bottle as to when and how to add the additive.
RLR by Cadie: Not a bleach, blueing, or detergent. Removes dried-in mineral deposits and detergent residue from clothing. RLR can be purchased in some Walmart stores and online.
Laundry Ball (Water Deionizer): I love writing this blog! Every time I write I find a great product to try out. The Laundry Ball is my next purchase. To sum up the websites description, the Laundry Ball deionizes the water. Ionized water allows for dirt (poop) to be attracted and stay in the fabric. By deionizing the water and changing the charge of the water the dirt becomes attracted to the water therefore being released from the fabric. My favorite part of this product is that it will clean my washer. I have read a horror story or two about the buildup in our machines!
Vinegar: In addition to being a great natural fabric softener, vinegar facilitates the release of build-up in your diapers. If you have hard water, the vinegar can combine with trace minerals in your water supply. This will cause your diapers to stink (um, that’s what we’re trying to fix!) to high heaven once peed on. In the case of hard water the other additives would be more advantageous. If you have normal to soft water use no more than 1/2 (I stick to 1/4) cup in your rinse cycle. The downy ball works great for this.
Since I have started using Crunchy Clean detergent my diapers have not had stink issues. In my case it is because of the soft water mixed with heavy detergents. This was a recipe for buildup.
If you are thinking that cloth diapering isn’t for you because of rashes, stink issues or leaks try these first. You’ll be surprised at how clean your diapers will feel and smell. I know I was.