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Old 12-07-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Re: Need suggestions: stay-dry diapers with no microfiber?

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Originally Posted by Textile_Mike View Post
Stink and irritation are often go together. When a diaper has lingering odor it usually means all or part are not getting completely cleansed and sanitized in the wash. The cause of incomplete cleansing is usually the wrong type or the wrong dose of detergent.

Diapers with a lingering odor will create ammonia when in use. Baby skin gets slightly irritated by ammonia and often goes a little red. It's more likely the skin sensitivity is to ammonia than polyester microfiber or any other fibers in the diaper.

The good news is the fix is usually easy. A double hot wash and dry using a good quality big-brand detergent (I prefer tide regular) usually clears up odor, you will likely see the sensitivity to the diaper disappear too.

From there, it's a good idea to find detergents that are well suited to the hardness of your water - that keeps the odors from returning.
Great info! Thank you!

I've actually researched ammonia issues quite a bit, and know I've had a problem with them. I've done multiple hot washes without detergent - didn't do a thing. I've changed detergent to Tide Original - didn't help at all. I added about 1/4 cup bleach for a couple washes, and that helped, but not for very long. Finally, I've recently started doing an RLR soak once a month. That helps the longest, but some of my inserts still smell vaguely like ammonia even the next day after the RLR soak. I'm totally stumped, and extremely frustrated. I have soft water. I do a cold prewash, hot wash, and two cold rinses. I don't know what else to try.

I seem to have less of an issue with my natural fiber diapers than with my microfiber, so I've considered switching my stash over. But I'd really rather not deal with the time and expense of that. And I've really liked the diapers I have now.

Anyway, there's the rest of the story. :-) Thanks again!
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