Monday, April 23, 2012

Cloth diaper stripping routine

Okay, here's what I do when I strip my cloth diapers.
Everybody uses a different method pretty much, if you YouTube it you'll never find the same way multiple times haha
But here's what I do and what works wonderfully for me!

Q: what's cloth diaper stripping?
A: when you cloth diaper, you have to follow very specific wash/use instructions. Can/can't use diff types of detergents, creams, powders, etc. so every once in a while you may have detergent, urine, or other types of build up which may cause your diapers to lose absorbency, stink, be dingy or did colored, not come clean in the wash, and repel liquid all together. Whicheans more leaks and not happy mommy or baby. When you strip the diapers it removes all of the build up and regains your "bought new from the store" absorbency, look, feel, and smell :)

HOW I STRIP: ;p no pun intended

1. Seperate inserts & diaper shells
2. Rinse inserts & shells with hot water
3. Fill up both sides of the sink (or buckets, or bath tub, or whatever you'll be using) with the hottest water you can get. (if your sink water isn't hot enough, try boiling water and dumping it in)
4. Add 1/2 tablespoon dawn to water in each side of sink and swish around
5. Place inserts in one side & shells in the other
6. Agitate using a big spoon (or your hands if it's not too hot)
7. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour, agitating every 10 minutes.
8. Drain water out of sinks.
9. Transfer everything to one sink.
10. Fill empty sink with clean, hot water.
11. Wet a nail brush (or something similar) and add a strip of dawn dish detergent liquid (MUST be dawn, no off brands or it won't work)
12. One by one, scrub your inserts & diapers. (I lay the insert flat out, scrub up x3 and scrub down x3 on each side) then put it in the clean water.
13. When youve scrubbed everything, agitate the water they're in, let sit 15 minutes.
14. Drain water, rinse each diaper & insert in hot/warm water, when rinsed decently put into washing machine.
15. Do your normal wash cycle. Rinse 2-3 times (until suds are gone)
16. Sun or dry as usual :)

Tadaaaaaa! Sparkly clean brand new feeling/looking/smelling diapers :)

I do this about once a month to my entire stash :)


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