UGH! I knew it would happen. On Friday I packed a suitcase for my family of 6 to go stay overnight at my mother-in-law’s house for a family reunion on Saturday. I changed Sterling’s diaper and tossed it in the pail. Normally, I quickly walk away but this time I had a lingering thought…
“I shouldn’t leave these here for the next 24 hours because they’ll rot.” Alas, I shrugged off the little voice of wisdom and we all piled in the Suburban.
Fast forward 24 hours. Once unloaded I immediately remembered the diaper pail. The smell was nasty. It was that yummy mildewed dirt smell.
I washed them as I normally do thinking that maybe the bac-out and detergent will spruce things up. After the cycle finished I opened the lid and smelled “the smell”. Now any ordinary cloth diaper expert would rewash them because they were obviously NOT clean.
But no, I tossed them in the dryer…maybe it’s just my washer. Maybe the dryer will kill the smell. Seriously, I rationalize things like this. And they make no sense
Okay, so you’re thinking “well surely when she opened the dryer and STILL smelled “the smell” she washed them again?!” No. I am no ordinary cloth diaper expert. Still being obstinate I actually took them inside and put one on Sterling.
I thought, “heck, I’ll get a use out of them, then bleach them.” I quickly (hmmm…don’t know that I could say common sense came about quickly here) realized how ignorant my “plan” was. While nursing Sterling “the smell” was killing me.
So, this is how I came to bleaching my cloth diapers. Another positive to using bleach is the missing stains on my sbish fitteds. Perfect timing as my mediums just came in today! and I’ll need to pass on the smalls.
Moral of the story: don’t leave cloth diapers in a tightly closed diaper pail to breed bacteria and fungi all because you chose to ignore that little voice!
I love this picture! I just found it actually. I had no idea I was being photographed while multi-tasking (talking on the phone, cleaning, and holding Sterling…you know typical mommy stuff).
I love the pure joy on Sterling’s face.