Stripping Cloth Diapers

April 25, 2013

I haven’t been as focused on the garden this week because of the cool down and because I have been trying to figure out this whole cloth diapering thing. I got the diapers really cheap off of craigslist. All but one looked brand new.

With disposables, I would change baby’s diaper once every feeding (4hrs) but with cloth diapers, I was having to put two inserts in AND double one up. So, baby would have triple padding on the front and even with that, he would soak through in two hours.

A friend of mine said they needed to be stripped. I did not think that was it because they smelled fine and were not stained. She also told me how to strip them, which took many washings and LOTS of hot water. The point of switching to cloth was to SAVE money! Needless to say, I was not excited about doing this, especially when I did not think this was what was needed.

Just for the sake of being thorough, however, I went ahead and did what she said:

  • presoaked diapers & inserts in hot water
  • washed in hot water & detergent/bleach
  • washed in hot water with NO detergent 3-7x, checking to see if the suds were gone.

They came out smelling, looking, and feeling the same but the real test was, would they work?

I put just one insert in the diaper to see if he would make it two hours (remember, it normally takes 3 inserts to keep him dry 2 hrs). It worked! I did it through a nap and it worked again! With one insert! Yay! Color me (pleasantly) surprised! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow will be a better test since I was only able to use two diapers this afternoon but I am very optimistic that this may have fixed our issues! Yay for knowledgeable friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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