Well, I finally got a Mailbox Mondays submission! If you need cloth diaper advice, submit your question. Each week, I answer a reader submitted question, and ask my readers to help too!
Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.
I’m hoping to get some posts pre-written before the baby is born, so if there’s something you’ve been thinking about, please send it in!
Anne Marie says:
I love almost everything about cloth diapering EXCEPT for the frustrations I encounter in the laundry room! After 3 years of diapering I still cannot find a solution for the faint “diaper pail odor” that lingers in all of my PUL covers, and the ammonia smell I sometimes get in dirty/wet prefolds. I’ve tried diaper-approved detergents, I’ve tried long soaks, I’ve tried stripping and extra rinses and even sunning them for extended periods. I also make sure I condition my water because it’s really hard.
All I want is clean, fresh smelling diapers. Can you help?
Hi Anne Marie! Figuring out a wash routine and finding the right detergent is tough. I published my cloth diaper detergent survey so that I can analyze what others are using, and help find solutions for people who need some help! I’m hoping to have that compiled and released within the next month or so.
The dirty/wet prefolds smelling like ammonia is normal. As urea breaks down, it turns to ammonia. You don’t, however, want your clean diapers/prefolds to smell like ammonia (or anything else)! You want your diapers and covers to come out of the washing machine smelling clean.
If you are finding that your covers are holding on to smells right out of the washer, I’d first ask what detergent you’re using and how much. Even if you are softening your water, you may need to use a bit of extra detergent. Also what type of washing machine you have, how much water you’re using, how many diapers/covers you wash at a time, and how often you wash them. You want to make sure the diapers have plenty of space to move around (but not too much space!) and plenty of water.
Answers to all of those questions would help me make better suggestions, and I’m sure my readers will have suggestions too!