Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sweet Smelling Diapers

If you have been cloth diapering awhile you have probably encountered diaper stink.   Diaper stink is the “not so sweet” smell of freshly washed diapers taken out of the dryer.  While some may view that as inevitable, there are steps you can take to keep your diapers smelling sweet.

One of the main culprits of diaper stick is detergent residue.  Many often try to solve the problem of diaper stink by using lots of detergent.  This often causes detergent residue to remain in the diapers.  This can cause the diapers to smell when they are washed.  Others use very little detergent trying to avoid detergent residue.  This can cause diapers to smell because there was not enough detergent in the wash cycle.  The typical recommendation is to use ½ the amount of regular detergent when washing diapers and then add an additional rinse at the end to make sure any detergent is rinsed out. 

Washing often is another way to ensure your baby’s diapers smell sweet.  Cloth diapers should be washed every 2-3 days.  If you let them sit more than 2-3 days it will be harder to keep them smelling sweet.   Make sure you use a dry pail as well.  Using a wet pail with cloth diapers can actually make the smell soak into your diapers. 

Another good method to use is to occasionally hang them to dry in the sun.  The sun is a natural bleaching agent and stink issues can be resolved with a couple days in the sun.  If you want to keep them smelling sweet then line dry your diapers in the sun periodically.

The cloth diaper industry has realized the need and has created some products to help keep diapers smelling fresh.  While you can use some detergents from your local store, detergents designed for cloth diaper use have been tried and tested on cloth diapers.  These cloth diaper detergents are free from additives that can harm your cloth diapers.  Detergents such as GroVia Tiny Bubbles Laundry Detergent and BumGenius Diaper Detergent are excellent choices.  The Thirsties company has designed a pre-wash that will help remove waste and bacteria from your diapers before you wash them.   If you want to reduce odor in the diaper pail BumGenius offers an Odor Remover that helps remove bacteria that causes odor.

Keeping diapers smelling sweet isn’t too difficult.  Make sure you wash every 2-3 days, use the right amount of detergent and occasionally hang them out in the sun.  Using detergents designed to wash cloth diapers can simplify the process.  Visit Thanks Mama to find a wide variety of cloth diapers and detergents designed for cloth diapers

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