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Jun 13

How to Remove Stains and Odors from Cloth Diapers

I have been using cloth diapers now for about ten months. We purchased bumGenius cloth diapers and absolutely love them. Cooper is in cloth diapers all day, however we do put him in a disposable diaper at night. Even with putting double liners in his cloth diaper they still seem to leak. I guess this is understandable when he goes to bed at 7pm and we do not change his diaper until about 7am. I am still washing his diapers every other day with the Seventh Generation detergent. To avoid stains and those unwanted odors I do a couple of things. First every few months I strip the diapers. This is done by washing the diapers with hot water and Rockin Green. I always do a prewash with no detergent, then I soak the diapers with three tablespoons of Rockin Green and hot water over night. The next day I do two more hot washes with two tablespoons of Rockin Green. Then I proceed with an additional three washes on a delicate cycle with NO soap. The first two with warm water and the last with cold water. After this striping process the diapers are super clean and have no more odors.

To remove stains I hang my diapers out in the sun on our clothes line. I normally keep them out there all day and the stains are then gone. Another good way to remove odors from your diapers is by hanging them in the sun. I always hang the diaper liners in the sun. I never put them in the dryer. I have found by putting just the diaper liners in the sun there are no odors. The diapers are always hung in the laundry room. I do not hang these outside every time I wash just because I do not want the colors to fade. Since we have pocket diapers this is an option for us. Once I start noticing the diapers smelling I do the striping process and they are good then for another few months.

I hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any tips for removing odors and stains please post below.

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