Even if you are careful to use less detergent and vinegar rinses, diapers still can get stressed and need periodic stripping.
Symptoms of diaper stress:
- Strong ammonia smell after they have been soiled.
- Diaper rash that won't go away despite diligent intervention.
Cause: Detergent residue which traps bacteria.
Solution: Boil (Strip) them.
**We use pocket diapers and I ONLY strip the inserts, Snaps & velcro can melt and or the diaper's color can run.**
Start off with washing the inserts, they don't need to be dried. I spend a full day boiling all the cleaned inserts in a giant stock pot. It actually goes by pretty quickly.
I can get about six - seven inserts in at a time. Add a little vinegar as well. This will help rid the inserts of detergent residue. I have also found a little bit of Dawn dish soap helps too. Picture to the right: My little helper in her Ergo....
Bring the water to a boil, place the inserts in the pot. I kept them boiling for about 8 minutes, then use a pair of tongs and transfer the "stripped" inserts to the sink (I used a metal bowl, Be careful it will be HOT)
Then I add 6-7 more inserts the boiling water and start the process over again. After 12-14 inserts are done, then you will want to change your water.
Picture to the left: the suds are from the dawn soap
The inserts that are in the sink get rinsed down with cold water, rung out and set aside. Once all the inserts are done being stripped, I place them all in the washer for a washing cycle in just hot water and baking soda (baking soda neutralizes odors). Whenever you can line dry do it, The sun has a lot of benefits for diapers as well...
Result: Extra clean sanitized diapers with no detergent residue, and no more rashes or bad smells. Good luck & Happy stripping!!