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@EcoNuts Natural Ammonia Bouncer for #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

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Bac Out & Ammonia in #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

If you have a cloth diaper question, have it answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, and get help from other Moms. [click for this week’s question!]

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night time #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

It’s time for cloth diaper advice! If I’ve received a question, I will answer it on Monday and ask my lovely readers to add their two cents.

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.

Courtney M. says:

My LO is a heavy wetter & for nighttime we have to use Kawaii heavy wetters double stuffed with one or two hemp babies diaper doublers. They are soaked in the a.m. (but no leaks!) and they smell! I need some kind of solution that doesn’t involve ammonia or him being stuffed in a diaper so big he doesn’t move! any tips or suggestions? I’m hoping my days of middle of the night changes are over…

I have been down this path. Night time diapering & detergent were two two biggest pains for me! What works for us is a Knickernappies Superdo insert in a Bumgenius 4.0 pocket diaper. The Superdos are microfiber with hemp in the middle. They are far thinner than two microfiber inserts, but much, much more absorbent. Since they do have microfiber, they get stinky after a while. About once a month I used to bleach my inserts, then rinse rinse rinse. Since I started using a dab of Oxiclean in every load, I rarely have to do that anymore. Bleach does end up damaging natural fibers, so after two years of bleaching, my superdos have developed small holes on the inside/hemp part.

You said you are using hemp babies doublers, but you might consider using a full size hemp insert instead. Sandwiching hemp in between (or just under) microfiber works wonders, since the microfiber absorbs quickly, but the hemp locks the moisture in.

In general, natural fibers (bamboo, hemp, organic cotton) won’t get stinky over time like microfiber. However, when you’re talking about something that has been soaked in urine for 12 hours, It’s going to smell like ammonia when you take the diaper off. Having more absorbency will help, but getting a whiff of ammonia in the morning isn’t unusual when you’re no longer needing to change diapers at night.

So how about everyone else? Have you found a night time solution for a heavy wetter? Do you smell ammonia in the morning?

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stinky #clothdiapers covers via @chgdiapers

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?

Thanks
Anne Marie

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!




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microfiber vs hemp or bamboo for #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

Mailbox Mondays posts are where I answer a reader submitted question, whether they are looking for cloth diaper advice, or something else!

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.

Stephanie says:

I really despise microfiber and would rather go for hemp or bamboo for my pockets. Will these eventually develop the “stink” of microfiber? Do you have any recommendations on a good insert and washing tips? My stash is primarily made up of BG elementals, can they all be washed together?

Thanks!!

Sorry it’s like 4-5 questions, you just do a great job answering my questions I can’t help myself! ;)

Stephanie

Hi Stephanie! Microfiber is definitely more prone to stink than natural fibers. Especially since hemp actually has natural antimicrobial properties! Of course, the major benefit of microfiber is that it’s inexpensive, which is why it’s included with most pocket diapers. That means that if you want to replace all of your inserts with natural fiber inserts, it could get a little expensive!

That’s why I have used whatever came with the diaper, with the exception of the Knickernappies superdo inserts for night time. I am a big fan of the natural fiber inserts that came with my Babykicks, AMP, Heartland Dreams and AppleCheeks diapers, and wouldn’t hesitate to suggest that you try one of them!

Another option is to use a prefold to stuff your pockets, such as the Babykicks hemp prefold, or the Thirsties Duo Hemp prefold. If you don’t mind a little extra folding, you could even consider using flats to stuff your pockets, since they are even easier to get clean.

One you have prepped a natural fiber insert or diaper (washing & drying 3-5+ times) to fluff up the fibers, and remove natural oils, they can definitely be washed with any other diaper items you have!

I’ve found that my microfiber stink has been greatly reduced since I’ve started adding a little bit of Oxiclean free to each load. Previously, I had been washing inserts only with a dab of bleach, then rinsing like crazy, about once a month. Since using the Oxiclean, I’ve only had to do that once in 6 months, and it really wasn’t super-necessary.

So how about everyone else? Do you despise microfiber stink? Any tips for keeping it at bay? Do you have a favorite natural fiber insert?




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