Tuesday, November 18, 2008

stripping cloth diapers

i am completely copying and pasting a post from a discussion board so that i don't forget this stripping process (am hoping it works better than what i do right now

Are your cloth diapers getting a little stinky? Your usual detergent isn't getting them as fresh as it used to? As soon as they're soiled the stink is unbearable?! You need to strip them! Cloth diapers need to be 'stripped' now and again to get rid of detergent residue. Follow these simple steps and you'll have fresh smelling dipes in no time:

Supplies: Large stockpots (1-2), Whisk, Baking Soda, Dishwashing Detergent, Lemon Juice, Laundry Detergent, Washing Machine.

1. Fill stockpot(s) with water. Bring to a boil. Remove from stove and slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of baking soda. Add 3 drops of dishwashing detergent. Whisk again.

2. Add the boiling water mixture into your top load washer (for front loaders, do this step in a bucket). Add, then immerse diapers. Let soak for 30 minutes.

3. Drain washer on spin cycle (for front loaders, empty the bucket). Squirt each diaper soaker area (pee/poo spot) with lemon juice.

4. Complete a full wash load on hot water. Use only 1.5-3tsp of detergent (depending on load size).

5. Re-wash one more time on hot. Rinse twice more on cold. Dry & voila! Fresh diapers!

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