What is your biggest issue with cloth diapers?

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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.   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!


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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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58 Responses to “What is your biggest issue with cloth diapers?”

  1. Ashley Says:

    @ Jennifer
    Diaper Sprayer, Diaper Sprayer, Diaper Sprayer! Cheapest ones are on eBay. Super easy to hook up to toilet . Wouldn’t CD without it!

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  2. Jennifer Says:

    My biggest problem is getting the poop off of the diaper. Ok, I know I’m cloth diapering, but still… shouldn’t there be any easier way to do this. Dunking the diaper I have to have my diaper pail RIGHT there because I can’t stand it dripping. Or, I’ve even tried using a wipe to scrape it off, but I was using disposable wipes. What am I supposed to do when I start using cloth wipes like I’d like to. This is the only part that bugs me. I’ve even found a good detergent and found that hanging diapers in the sun works wonders, esp in AZ. I hope somebody has an answer for this. (Yes, this question seems so silly to ask die-hard cloth diaperers.)

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  3. Mary Ann Says:

    Autumn I’m hoping you can help me with some specifics here. I am currently using microfiber/hemp g-flappers. I have a front loader and it doesn’t have an option for extra water so I have to pause it and add 2-3 gallons of water once it finishes filling. Let me give you my routine and see if you can find where I need to modify it.

    1.) I dry pail and wash every other day. Poopies get fully rinsed and a slight wash off with foaming handsoap and then rinsed again, by hand. Then off to the pail they go. Pees I just put in the pail.

    2.) I do a rinse & spin cycle with an extra rinse first. Both rinses are cold.

    3.) Sanitize cycle (extra hot water/cold rinse) 2hrs 45mins total time on that cycle. I add 1 tsp. charlie’s (that has 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil added to the full 80/90 load bag and shaken thoroughly) and 4 capfuls of bac-out. The bac-out goes directly onto the clothes since it will be in the pre-wash. But the charlie’s goes in the detergent dispenser for the regular wash. Sometimes I also add a squirt of dawn right on the dipes when I add the bac-out. I add 2-3 gallons of very hot water to the first main wash and then 2-3 gallons of cold water to the final rinse.

    4.) I do a second sanitize cycle without the prewash. Extra hot wash/cold rinse 2hrs 30minutes total time.

    5.) I add 2-3 gallons of hot water to the main wash and then 2-3 gallons of cold water to the final rinse and watch for any suds. If suds then I let the cycle finish and do another rinse and spin cycle with extra 2-3 gallons of water and watch for suds. Repeating until no suds. Usually I don’t have to do this but occasionally I do.

    Then I dry on medium heat.

    I tried to do a vinegar soak for 3 hours and that did nothing to help with the stink problem. I also tried to do the wash with 1/2 cup of baking soda and that didn’t help.

    I just don’t know what else I can do about stink. It’s ammonia smell that I’m battling. Ironically my diapers are completely stain-free and the only section of my gflappers that has stink issues is the microfiber. It’s aggravating!

    And why does washing with a squirt of dawn every cycle cause buildup? I’m just trying to understand why something that we would use to strip them would actually cause buildup over time.

    Thanks, Mary Ann

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Mary Ann, are you financially able to try another detergent? I would recommend contacting Kim of Rockin Green Soap. She is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about washing cloth diapers. You can click on her ad in the upper right corner of the blog. Your wash routine sounds laborious but I understand that this is often the case with front loaders. I pray you are able to find a solution! My gut says it’s the detergent. How old are your mf inserts?

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    • Andrea Says:

      Your alot. I use pockets & all I do is prewash w/ vinegar & detergent, then wash on hot w/ vinegar & detergent & once a month w/ bleach & dawn, & 1 extra rinse w/ just vinegar. I use micro fiber & hemp inserts but I read that the microfiber holds odor after a while so u may need new inserts & detergent like Autumn said. I would get hemp & bamboo inserts or cotton & or prefolds, etc.

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  4. Angie Says:

    I have a problem with my 19 month old having consistent rash. I know he is teething, but the diapers smell awful of ammonia no matter how many times I strip. I have tried everything except bac-out. I just ordered some. How do I use it and how much? Any suggestions?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Angie, you may want to try a vinegar soak (2 hours in a full basin with 3 cups vinegar). When you get your bac-out squirt 3 big squirts in the prewash.

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  5. Shannon Ropp Says:

    My DD has a bad rash that isn’t going away on its own. I’m afraid to use cream as I don’t want to ruin my diapers. any suggestion? Could I make a liner to lay in so the cream isn’t touching the diaper? If so what material is best? This is her second one since I started CDing and I had to resort to disposibles last time. I would rather not do that again.

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  6. Jen Says:

    How do I get rid of the night time bulk? we use prefolds on our 16 month old and 2 yr old. They are big boys ( in height ) and I have the worst time folding the prefolds in the covers to make it so they dont leak.My 2 yr old we have to change twice a night every night because he is such a heavy wetter he wets his bed every night.Talk about the amount of laundry we do just to have sheets for his bed :( But is there a way to fold them so they are smaller or is there something out there that works better? Id love to have a few wool covers but they cost sooo much. Thanks

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      With prefolds I find that absorbency = bulk. I can’t imagine a prefold being absorbent enough for nighttime when my 12wk old completely saturates a sustainablebabyish bamboo fitted (which are super absorbent). You may want to check diaperswappers for a couple of pockets. Then you can stuff the pocket with a trifolded prefold and tuck a microfiber towel in the middle. See if that works. If funds allow, blueberry diapers makes an insert that is hemp and microfiber. I had great success with it in a pocket for Paisley (a heavy wetter). As far as wool, you can make a soaker out of a recycled sweater. I have a Little Green Vikings and a Wild Child Woolies soaker listed in the “cloth diapers for sale” category that I used with Paisley.

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  7. mrs spock Says:

    We have a major problem with our Bumgenius 3.0s stinking after we wash them. Would bac-out help with this. We have been using vinegar in every pre-wash- could this be causing the problem?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Mrs Spock: you aren’t alone :( bgs are probably the cloth diaper i get the most questions about. In the past I have recommended hand washing with Dawn with much success. I wouldn’t use vinegar in every wash, only once every 2wks maybe. Bac-out is awesome so I definitely recommend using it. Try out those and let me know how it goes.

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  8. Sarah Flukinger Says:

    Hey Autumn!! You ROCK!! Since I soaked my dipes for only an hour in vinegar the other night, my dipes have been stink free!! How often do I need to vinegar soak? Just when the stinkies come back? This is my idea for washing and disinfecting: prewash cold with 3 squirts of Bacout, hot wash with 1 to 2 Tbsp of Vaska and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide (this worked wonders the other night) and an extra cold rinse. I just couldn’t get over the fact that I had zero stink the other night. My normal night diaper was a Babykicks hemparoo prefold stuffed in a FB pocket and this always worked well until recently when they would REEK of ammonia and leave DS with an ammonia burn. The past 2 nights, he has been rash free and STINK free!! I am so glad I found your blog and I plan to recommend it to all my CD friends!!

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  9. Sarah Flukinger Says:

    How long are you supposed to soak in the vinegar? Tonight I put all my MF, hemp and cotton prefolds that were soiled in my TL filled with cold water and the 4 cups of white distiller vinegar and they sat for about an hour. Then I cold rinsed all my dirty dipes on cold, hot wash/cold rinse with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 Tbsp of Vaska and did an extra cold rinse. The dipes smell great and the MF is better – not perfect but better than before. Should I soak longer next time? Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I’d just toss em in before I went to bed and let them (nothing with PUL or elastic though) soak overnight. Then begin with a pre-rinse in the morning.

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  10. Sarah Flukinger Says:

    Yikes!! I would hate to replace all of my MF inserts. Is there a cheap way to do that? I guess I’ve been using some of them since December of 2008 and others since March of 2007. The newer ones absorb a bit quicker, but not all that great.

    How should I strip my hemp really well to get rid of the stinkies? I spray Bacout on my inserts before I throw them in the pail.

    Here is my routine:
    Warm wash/ warm rinse with 2 Tbsp of Dawn.
    Hot wash/warm rinse with 1 Tbsp of Vaska and a cap of Calgon. (I live in the Waller, Texas area, so I have quite a bit of lime and calcium in my water. I have a well.)
    A few warm rinses if needed to get any leftovers out.

    The dipes smell great out of the wash and dryer, but smell like ammonia when really heavy wet (like after a nap or night time.) The ammonia burns my boy.

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  11. Autumn Beck Says:

    Sarah, your problem is one I hear of very often. How old are your MF inserts? They sound like they have reached the end of their life and need to be replaced. Have you tried a vinegar soak for the hemp inserts?

    Next time you stuff your pockets remember it’s MF on top of hemp. MF absorbs fast and hemp absorbs slowly.

    I would use the prefolds until you get the inserts figured out.

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  12. Sarah Flukinger Says:

    Hey there!! Great site!! My biggest problem right now is stink and repelling MF inserts. My hemp stinks ridiculously and gives DS a rash on his tummy. My MF totally repells!! I’ve stripped every which way but up and I can’t get them to absorb fast enough. Right now I use pockets and I put the hemp on top so that the urine will absorb quickly enough and the MF on the bottom. I have opted to sposies for now because of the rash/stink issues he wakes up with. I do have several toddler size unbleached cotton prefolds that I can cold up and either stuff in a pocket or use with a cover. I have a Blueberry minky wrap cover and a Starbunz fleece pocket that I use as a cover with my prefolds. I have a ton of hemp doublers from Babykicks and I have a few Size 2 Kissaluvs fitteds. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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  13. Elisabeth Says:

    SO happy to have found your site. My biggest issue with cloth (aside from the night issue) is finding a diaper bag that works. Seems most of the popular ones don’t work with the added bulk of the diapers and wet bag, without the bag looking like it’s about to overflow. I’ve been through at least 10 bags so far. I’m pregnant with my second and I have no clue where to find one that fits TWO sets of cloth diapers. The only one I found that was big enough, I felt like I was hauling a duffel bag. The other issue is my son’s extra sensitive skin – rashes seem to be much worse with cloth – his derm recommended going back to disposables but I can’t stand using them. After reading your posts on yeast and rotovirus I tried stripping and sanitizing them as many of his cloth diapers were used. Hoping that will help. Thanks again, your site has been so helpful to me.

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  14. wifeandmom Says:

    Please let us know what you think of the Sposo Easy AIO’s. I have been reading a lot about those too and curious if they are good. I have been considering buying a few because I think my MIL and babysitters may have an easier time with them.

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  15. Candace Robinson Says:

    I have one cushytoosh, it’s pretty nice for the price ($10 on ebay), but it’s a bit more cheaply made then my other pockets. Also I know some people have had problems getting the right colors. I got purple for a boy, but it was my own fault for not communicating well. BumJoy is one of my favorites and she’s a WAHM on diaperswappers and on etsy. I use them a lot for my night time diapers.

    Also Autumn, thanks so much for the advice. Is Grandma El’s diaper ointment cd safe? I’m really sick of using liners! And I’m running out of scrap fleece. I actually washed some by hand to reuse and it was WAY too much work!

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  16. CM Says:

    Autumn,

    Congrats on your little one. I’ve been following your blog now for almost a year, when dh and I found out we were expecting (due next week). I have done months of research and of course have NO problems at all with cloth diapers because I’ve yet to even use ONE on a baby! haha! We did put one on a teddy bear for practice. I really want to say thank you for your blog, I’ve enjoyed following along. Thanks!

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  17. chanda Says:

    has anyone else used cushytoosh?

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  18. chanda Says:

    I’m new but my biggest problem has been deciding what to buy. The prefolds I bought were fine for at home, but kinda a pain when out. I bought one AIO WITH A POCKET from a stay at home mom who started making her own (cushytoosh.com [cheeper on ebay or etsy])and just ordered some more I hope they work out because I really don’t want to have to keep buying different kinds.

    oh…I discovered the sun really does do wonders for stains and stink.

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  19. Serenity Says:

    Our biggest problem is the fit. We cant afford fitted and the prefolds always seem too small or to large. We need a better night option as well. I love wool covers fot leaks at night but she is too wet by morning. As for the red butt, my daughter is 18mo and still gets it sometimes. I think poop is just irritating though ive heard it can be a food allergy.

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  20. Tina Says:

    Getting my husband, mom, mother-in-law and sister to use cloth when they are watching Abby is my biggest issue. I totally love Bac-out—It is the best for stinks and stains!!

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  21. Melissa Says:

    My biggest problem was finding what I really liked and worked for us. :)

    But, as far as stink or washing goes, I would say the pail getting stinky and we have to take it out of dd’s room. We use a dry pail in a garbage can with lid with a wet bag. The ammonia gets overwhelming.

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  22. ShannanAjluni Says:

    My biggest problem is that my LO has grown out of the infant prefolds I have, and yet is still to little without having a HUGE mam0butt in the toddler prefolds I have… Is there another way to fold them that would be less bulky?

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  23. Jessica Says:

    Autumn,
    Congrats on your new arrival! Istarted using bac-Out after seeing your video about it and washed 2x w/o it and I could smell the stink!! We will never run out again. We get our Bac-out at a few places..Whole Foods, Kroger, and the health food store.

    We are having issues with our Happy Heiny’s leaking around the edges..just damp, like it is wicking. I am wondering if it is b/c they are prints and not solids. Also, have you tried the HH’s O/S?? We were thinking about getting a few, but I don’t know anyone using them.

    Another question, is there a good WAHM fitted that is affordable?? I am wanting to add a few fitteds to our stash.

    We are also trying to find a good cloth swim diaper for our vacation next month.

    We

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  24. Nancy Says:

    Autumn,

    Thanks so much! I will have to give Softbums a look because I’m going nutso, lol! As far as you and the Sposo’s, I think you’ll be fine. My problem is just in the up front area that boy bits will go. Girl bits are in a different location and the soaker stays in place where those will be. ;)

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  25. Stephanie Ricks Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    First, congratulations on your new sweet pea.
    My biggest problem is that at daycare my son seems to be leaking out the top of his Nanas Bottoms AIO’s. It’s not a gusher, more like the pee wicks up to the very top of the diaper and makes a ring on his clothing. I have a dozen or so of these diapers and have loved them because they are so easy and daycare is willing to use them for the same reason. Now, not so much as they have to change his clothes daily now.
    I would be willing to try something else but really don’t know what else to try that would be (1) affordable, and (2) any different really.

    Do you have any suggestions?

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  26. Autumn Beck Says:

    @sarah: yep we use bac out on all the diapers.

    @kelly: is the rash all over and constant? there are so many different things that can cause a rash! do you notice it only with certain diapers?

    @karen: i didn’t like the hiney liney’s system. i really love the softbums perfectfit system though. check out my posts on them and see if they may work for you.

    @nancy: now i’m nervous! after reading a bazillion reviews on sposoeasy diapers i bought 5. i just got them in today. i really hope they aren’t a waste of money. back to your problem ;) i’d also recommend that you look into the softbums. sterling has tiny legs and with softbums i can get a good thigh fit and tight waste fit by overlapping the aplix tabs.

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  27. Autumn Beck Says:

    @Joceline: you might try doing a vinegar soak on your inserts. 2 hour soak in washer with full basin and 3 cups vinegar.

    @Candace: you can use bac-out on all your diapers. as far as the rash, it’s possible that he is having a reaction to something you are eating. If he is formula-fed it could be the formula. I know you said you make your own rash ointment but I have read tremendous reviews for Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy. http://www.shop2cart.net/store/grandmaels/?PHPSESSID=d95997b088a42a1e3c10d48b8b612f7c

    @jane: it is possible to nighttime cloth diaper using prefolds you just have to be a bit more creative. have you tried trifolding a prefold around an absorbent doubler (hemp, zorb, bamboo)? for a cover have you considered investing in a bulletproof wool cover? babyology and aristocrats are great and affordable (by wool standards).

    @julie: first, i dry my diapers on high heat. always have. second, are you stuffing the pocket aios with a doubler? if your child is saving up their pee for one big flood it can overwhelm the soaker. we are having this problem with my 2yo. feel free to email me with more details ;)

    @debra: i am not a bleach hater. in moderation it has its place. a better alternative, however, is hydrogen peroxide.

    @terra: have you looked through the nighttime category? there are many posts with different recommendations. i would definitely suggest using a wool soaker to help keep sheets dry. dream-eze are the most absorbent fitted available. a few good fitteds: goodmama, sbish, patooshie pants nighttime, baby beehind.

    @eve: i feel your pain (((hugs))) what i have been doing with paisley- change her right as she’s going to bed. stuff her blueberry pocket with a green-edged prefold on top of her blueberry microfiber/hemp insert. yes it’s big but not huge. she hasn’t had leaks when i use the prefold. if i forget she’s wet :(

    @michelle: if you are looking for a stay-dry liner you could try suede-cloth or athletic wicking material. what pockets are you using?

    @andrea: if the fleece outfits were working well you might buy a few fleece soakers. they are really inexpensive. unfortunately, sometimes a diaper will leak because the PUL wasn’t applied well to the material. i have a couple of print pul aios that leak and the solid don’t.

    @nicole: i strip my diapers every 2-3 months.

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  28. Brooke Says:

    This site is wonderful! Thanks for all the tips. Our biggest problem is definitely the terrible stink. I’ve found that boiling the inserts for about 20 minutes seems to help, but don’t do it when you have guests arriving; the smell is horrendous! Also, does anyone know the best (cheapest) place to purchase Bac-Out?

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  29. Nancy Says:

    Autumn,

    I don’t know if you can help me but here’s my biggest problem: FIT!!! I love the style of Very Baby’s diapers but the diaper with the right rise is too big in the legs. Sunshine has already tightened them for me and they *appear* to work better, but only while he’s standing. As soon as he lays down, you have a good one inch gap between his thigh and the diaper. What to do?! I have other issues with Sposoeasy’s (supposedly everyone loves those!). The soaker is sewn in the back and so in the front it bunches and when he goes he floods the joint. However, the medium Sposo is very nearly too big on him–rise is perfect, legs are maybe just a tad loose (he’s very skinny legged can you tell) and the tabs are crossed over as far as they can go.

    What’s a girl to do with a skinny waisted, skinny thighed son?

    Nancy

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  30. Karen Says:

    My biggest issues are stink and a night solution. I have a small water heater so I can only do 1 cycle on hot before I run out of hot water. I tried stripping with Dawn — it used to work but it didn’t work the last time I tried. I’d like to know if BacOut is safe on PUL. Regarding nighttime, BGs used to work for my heavy wetter but she seems to be drinking more at night now so the BGs were not holding up. I switched to Hiney Lineys which provide a snugger fit with the snap in liner but my little one is so wiggly that it is nearly impossible to get this diaper on her without her wiggling separating and shifting the multiple insert layers from the cover. I have tried fitteds with wool covers and they just weren’t waterproof enough. I am thinking I will need to find yet another option — one that has a stay dry lining, completely bulletproof, and inserts that are absorbent but not too bulky (I currently use 1 BG OS insert, 1 MF insert, 1 hemp trifold, and 1 layer of Zorb).

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  31. kelly Says:

    Stink has always been my problem AFTER I washed them 2x, but I just started using Tide Original and stink no more! I guess my bigges tproblem is rash! Help!!

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  32. Vicki D. Says:

    I have been using Bac-Out since i saw your first post. Awesome.

    I strip my diapers with Dawn 1x/month.

    I have a sprayer for the messy stuff.

    I just can’t seem to find the right combo for night-time diapering. I am currently making some diapers, and have knitted some shorties. I will give it a try and see how it works out!

    DD is a BIG time wetter during night time hours.

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  33. Sarah Davis Says:

    EVE_I was having nighttime issues too..so I tried drybees with hemp and microfiber insert and got the stinkies BAD!!!!YUCK. And so it is in a landfill somewhere. I took Autumn’s advice and got a Sustainablebabyish diaper and WE LOVE IT! We are getting another soon. We cover it with a Thirsties cover-our favorite.

    Autumn_have you used bac-out on the SBish diaper? I don’t wanna ruin it. How about Dawn?

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  34. kira Says:

    I just want to say that Lil Outlaws rocks. Jacklen sent me some soap bits and they smell great and work wonderfully. I will definitely have to try some of the pail pardners!!!!

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  35. Nicole Says:

    HaHaHa! Great post, we all can relate! My biggest issue has been leaking in my bum genius 3.0’s. Thankfully you helped me resolve that issue by recommending stripping the diapers with Dawn. When I stripped them, I soaked them in the sink with Dawn while I rubbed each inner suede cloth by sticking one hand inside the diaper where the insert goes and the other hand to add a tiny bit of soap and help scrub from the outside. After I finished, I rinsed several times in the sink before a cold-heavy wash until there were no more bubbles and a hot wash. We have been leak free (and SANE) ever since! There is nothing like a leaky diaper waking your baby from a peaceful, much needed sleep!!! How often do you strip your diapers?
    Thanks for your help!

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  36. Andrea Says:

    mine is leaks. I have some minkey diapers that leak every time I put them on. The same brand without the minkey don’t leak at all. I was using fleece outfits this winter to combat the problem but now that it is getting warmer I am just done with them!

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  37. Michelle Says:

    NIGHTIME DIAPERING! Super-do’s in a pocket with a flannel liner seems to work best. My daughter always gets a rash from being up against fleece.

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  38. Eve Says:

    Thanks for the info on Bac-Out…I have not tried that as we don’t have big stink issues, but I think I’ll get some for when we do!

    My biggest issue with cloth diapers is that I have not found a night-time solution that works. My 2.5 year old leaks through pocket diapers…even with 3 inserts. I tried a fleece cover and it was ENORMOUS. I couldn’t get his pj’s over it. Help???!!

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  39. Terra Says:

    Mine is definitely that stink, ugh…

    I’m going to need to look into this bac-out.

    Our other issue is finding a nighht cloth solution for our heavy wetting boys (a 23lb. 8 month old & 30lb. 2 yr. old) – they wear the same size diapers (most of the time) …prefolds & covers didn’t allow them much “breathability” …someone suggested dream-eze w/ a wool cover…

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  40. Debra Says:

    Our biggest problem used to be leaks, but thanks to your great advice about microfiber car-washing cloths, our leaks are no more! (Hallelujah!) Now it’s a toss-up between the stink factor, the babysitter’s freak-out response to the idea of changing a cloth diaper, and the cost of washing them in the pay-per-load washers in our apartment building.(We actually spend as much doing laundry as we would buying disposables. Good thing there are so many good reasons to use cloth besides cost!) Another issue I have is with bleach. If I don’t use it, my diapers just don’t seem to get clean (I use prefolds). But everyone in the cloth diaper world seems anti-bleach. Can you tell me what the problems are with it, and if there are any good alternatives?

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  41. Julie Says:

    Stink is an issue for me, but that I can handle. What I’m having a problem with is leaking. Not leaking from the leg holes or out the back or wicking or from being oversaturated…but leaking through the PUL. I use Thirsties AIO, Drybees AIO, and Bumgenius One Size, and all of them started having this issue. (Well, not so much on the Bumgenius, but definitely the Drybees and sometimes the Thirsties.) It’s like the PUL lost it’s waterproofness. I have heard that putting them in the dryer helps “seal” it together again, but that doesn’t seem to be working for me. I’m not sure what’s going on here. Any ideas? Maybe higher heat? I dry on Medium heat…any hotter is supposedly not good for these AIOs.

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  42. Jane Marsching Says:

    my biggest issue is bulk. I used prefold and covers on my 4 month old (20 pound) daughter and they are just so bulky. At night, the folds with the double make for a very very bulky diaper. It doesn’t seem comfortable–all that fabric between her legsand on her tummy…. I know there are trim AIOs but we have opted for prefold for cost and ease of laundering.
    Thanks
    Jane

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  43. Candace Says:

    Can you use bac out on all diapers? Is it bad on pul? Do I need to separate my inserts and prefolds from the rest and just use it on them?

    My current issue is rash. My little one has constant poop (nb) and I change him everytime I know he has poop. It’s just around his hole (sorry! too much info!) so I know it’s not an enzyme issue, but I just don’t know how I’m going to remedy this problem. I make my own diaper creme (it’s actually an oil) and it made it go away once, but now it’s back : ( I don’t think there’s anyway to fix the problem other then change him often, but if anyone has advice I’m all for it!

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  44. Jessica Says:

    My biggest issue is stink and rashes. We have a FLer and well water so it’s mostly a bad combination. But Bac Out does wonders at preventing ammonia, and monthly strips with Dawn makes everything fresh. When rashes come to visit 1 tbsp of bleach does the trick. It’s been a long road but after 2 years CDing i’m never going back.

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  45. Joceline Says:

    Does Bac-Out help with the ammonia stink that you get in pocket diapers (with a microfiber insert)? That has been my biggest problem. I have tried stripping my diapers, RLR laundry treatment, etc. and those things have helped, but nothing has really kicked the problem for good. Thanks for your help!

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