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I use Tots Bots Easyfits for my son (he’s now 5 months old). Just this week I’ve started getting black spots on the front end of the diaper and insert (where the pee is heaviest). I assume it is mildew of some kind.
I store the dirties in an lidded trash can with a wet bag inside. My wash routine is 1. cold rinse, 2. hot wash, extra rinse, 3. cold rinse, 4. line dry outside. I use Rockin’ Green detergent. I wash a load every day because I don’t have enough to last two days with out a wash. I’m just mystified because I’ve been using these diapers for 5 months with no problem and have only now starting seeing these stains.
My question is, can I get the stains out? Sunning doesn’t seem to fade them. And do I need to be concerned about using the diapers now that there is a mildew issue, or is the stain itself harmless?
It sounds like the diapers aren’t necessarily getting dry (humidity can sometimes make line drying tough) and/or may not be getting clean. I’d suggest pulling the soaker out before washing, and if you weren’t washing daily, I’d suggest rinsing them before putting them in your pail. You can also try leaving the pail lid open to allow air to circulate.
For stains, if sunning isn’t helping, try adding a little lemon juice first, or try an oxygen bleach, like oxi clean free or crunchy clean’s version (be sure to follow the diaper manufacturer’s instructions for washing/additives.) If they smell fine, I wouldn’t worry too much about staining!
Have you had this issue?