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Part 1:  Washing Cloth Diapers

(Added 01/30/12)  What follows below is some updated information with past articles put into one article. This week we are tackling washing problem number 1:

My diapers stink out of the dryer, or stink like stale urine once freshly peed in.

I would like to begin this article by saying
1) If your wash routine is fine, disregard what I write below. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
2) What I am writing about below is what we see working for the majority of our customers, there will always be examples of a wash routine being very different but it will work for that customer, however we feel the need to put into words what we see working for most of our customers who cannot get their diapers clean.
Clean diapers are more than just a “want”, if you have stinky diapers you have bacteria lingering behind, which can cause skin issues that can be troublesome to fix.

Wash problems generally fall into two categories, tonight we are tackling the problem of the diapers smelling out of the dryer. This is usually caused by one of two problems
1) Wrong detergent   or   2) Not enough detergent.
Let’s start with number one, the wrong detergent. Here are some cliff notes for choosing a detergent:

  • Powders generally rinse out easier than liquid
  • The more natural the detergent, generally the less effective it will be with very few exceptions
  • Free and clears, especially liquid ones, can be notorious for buildup.
  • Maintsream powders and liquids are *fine* to use, you do not have to use a cloth diaper detergent to get your diapers clean.

Over 8 years of troubleshooting wash issues with thousands of clients, and our own 5 babies, we find one detergent leading the pack over and over again. Tide.
Tide? Before you shoot the idea down completely, take a peek at who else recommends Tide:
Happy Heinys (over 10 years in the business):
http://www.happyheinys.com/care-and-sizing/cloth-diaper-detergents
Fuzzi Bunz (recommends Tide Free, over 10 years in the business):
http://www.fuzzibunz.com/faq.php#wash9
Tiny Tush (over 10 years in the business):
http://www.tinytush.com/How-To-Wash-Cloth-Diapers_ep_51-1.html
Rumparooz (over 5 years in the business):
http://www.rumparooz.com/faqs.php

That being said, if you hate the idea of Tide, try another mainstream store powder, even a generic one if it fits the budget better. Worst case scenario, you strip and start over.

The second part of this equation is using enough detergent. Unless you are using Rockin Green or Thirsties super wash, 1-2 tablespoons will not cut it. You have to use enough detergent to get them clean ( I use to the 3 line on my Tide powder ultra scoop for a load of diapers).
On January 24th, Bummis (over 20 years in the biz) had on their Facebook page:

Had a wonderful discussion with Steve “the detergent guru” again. We discussed how many people recommend using so little detergent and recommend Dawn to strip detergent residues from “suede cloth”, microfiber and other synthetics.

He does not believe it is a “detergent” residue that is causing repelling or stink in these synthetics. He believes what is really happening is that consumers are crea…ting a self-filling prophecy by not using enough detergent. This leads to microscopic soil being left behind. In fecal matter there are oils/fats from digestion. Polyester loves fats and oils and forms a chemical bond with them. If you are using too little detergent to release this soil, you will then get a microscopic build up of oils on the surface of the fabric eventually causing it to repel or stink.

While great at releasing grease on solid surfaces (think dishes) Dawn is not super effective on fabric. Hence it would work with a mild build up of oils causing repelling/stink but not on all cases. Best to avoid oily build up by using enough detergent to release oils from synthetics and enough rinsing/water to get rid of all detergent/soils left behind in the wash cycle.

Make sure you are using enough, remember that seeing suds does not mean you are using too much. Some detergents are more sudsy than others, unless you have odors with the diapers out of the dryer or once freshly peed in, don’t sweat the suds! Really, if you don’t smell anything, don’t lift the lid, don’t even peek at the rinse cycle. If they smell great out of the dryer, and once freshly peed in, don’t worry about suds.

Let’s go over wash temps here, the best routine we have found for diapers is

  • Warm or hot pre-rinse (see notes below)
  • Hot wash with good amount of detergent (not the sanitary cycle, your regular hot cycle, your water heater should be set to 120 degrees F)
  • 2 cold rinses. Your machine will do one automatically, add another if you can.

Wait, warm or hot pre-rinse? We have always advised warm or hot, the reason for hot being that many water heaters won’t get up to 120 in the pre-rinse, so setting it to warm gave you room temperature water, setting it to hot gave you the higher temperature that is needed. Now with more sophisticated machines, we are adjusting our advice to say warm pre-rinse, not hot or cold.

Bummis recently had this article as well for some of the science behind the warm prerinse:
http://blog.bummis.com/2011/10/laundry-science.html#!/2011/10/laundry-science.html

In our experience, the cold prerinse set in stains and make it much harder to wash the fresh feces and urine out of the diapers. Switch your prerinse, see if it helps. If your water heater doesn’t get very hot, consider doing a hot prerinse to boost those temps a little.

Stripping: We are going to cover how to strip the diapers.
Stripping refers to an action of doing something to the diapers to disinfect or strip them from detergent buildup, ointment buildup, old feces or urine buildup, fabric softener, basically anything that is hindering absorbency. Today I am going to review what does need to be stripped versus what doesn’t.
Many times, truly most times, when a customer thinks the diaper needs to be stripped, it is actually a scenario where more absorbency is needed, or the fit is incorrect for the baby. You do NOT need to strip if:

  • The diapers leak, but more than 30-60 minutes has passed
  • The diapers leak, but the entire diaper/fitted or insert is wet
  • The diapers leak but do not have odors to them

If you are having leaking but find that the above fits, you likely have an absorbency or fit issue, not a need to strip. Very, very rarely will buildup occur without an accompanying odor. If you have enough buildup left to hinder absorbency, you will be trapping old feces and urine, and it will stink. What may be a cause a need to strip is:

  • Odors out of the dryer, or once freshly peed in.
  • Leaking within the first few minutes of the diaper being on.
  • Leaking and the diaper is wet in spots only.
  • Use of creams, and you can see and smell spots where ointment has been.
  • Use of the wrong detergent, this is also evident when you take the diapers out and they have a sticky or tacky feel to them, almost like they are coated with something.

I like to highlight the odor key in all of this, remember you cannot ever mask the smell of poop. You can spray perfume on it, put bleach spray on it, it will smell like perfumed and bleached poo. It is incredibly rare when we see buildup not accompanying odors, it can happen, but really is very rare. If you suspect buildup and do not have any odors, we will first go the route of more absorbency/checking the fit. If you strip and it is an absorbency or fit issue, you won’t solve anything and be right back where you started with leaky diapers.

I do want to throw one more tidbit in,I see websites promoting the “water drip test” to see if your diapers are repelling. The idea being you dribble a few drops of water on the diaper, if it doesn’t sink in right away the diapers need to be stripped. The truth is I can do this on my perfectly fine pocket diapers and you won’t see it sink in, the pressure of the baby against the diaper pushes urine into it, so don’t rely on that test to see if you have buildup and need to strip.

There was a method that was very popular a few years ago in stripping, and I sincerely hope it has completely died out but I know some still recommend it. It involves using your dishwasher to strip the diapers. Now, this is a fire hazard, and will render your snaps and elastic pretty useless, so under no circumstances should you ever put your diapers in the dishwasher, please please please.

Another popular method is to put Dawn dish soap in the washing machine. We don’t recommend this either, your washing machine wasn’t made for dish soap, it is high sudsing and can clog the hoses. If you have a new washer under warranty you could void it. We have had customers who used Dawn, and when their machine broke and the repairman came, it was very easy to tell soap had been used, and the warranty was voided, so please take note of those problems if you go the Dawn route.

What is safer for you and the machine, is to bleach the diapers if you have buildup. 1/3 cup of chlorox in the detergent cycle with clean cloth diapers, and hot water, will take care of the problem. If you have cotton print diapers, dyed fitteds or prefolds, or cotton outer wet bags, you can use color safe bleach. That is the best method to strip, and safe for your machine. For disinfecting purposes, color safe bleach may not be appropriate as it uses hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine to bleach, but for residue purposes it can work.

Make sure the diapers have been washed and dried, if they are soiled the bleach won’t do much. Once in a blue moon bleach is fine on your diapers, it is when it is used on a regular basis that you see premature wear and tear, just like you would on your clothing. PUL is dye fast and will not bleed from bleach.

Next week we will chat about the problem of “they smell fine out of the dryer, but stink when freshly peed in” issue, since hopefully we have conquered the “they smell out of the dryer” issue.

Don’t just “put up” with stink, doing so can lead to health problems and rash problems that you don’t want against your child’s skin. If your toddler threw up on a tee shirt, you wash it and it still smells like puke, there is no way you would put it back on the child. Diapers have to be treated the same way, (except even worse because you are putting old poop and urine back up against their genital areas). Don’t tolerate stink, truly, shoot me an email and we will figure it out!

We don’t stand to profit on your smelly diapers, most of our customer service is in regards to fixing wash routines. My first goal is to make sure your baby’s skin is healthy, and my secondary goal is to make your wash routine easy. When you have to do 3 wash cycles or add more ingredients than you do making cookies, it really sucks the fun and ease out of using cloth diapers. With those two goals in mind, we are always working on trying to get as close to a uniform wash routine as possible. If you still have odor issues, email me with a “tried it, still have stink at x,y and z” and we will troubleshoot what needs to change.

Part 2:  Dealing with urine, ammonia and other strong mystery odors.

(Added 02/06/12) This week is a comprehensive look at the “my diapers smell fine out of the dryer but smell like stale urine once freshly urinated in.”

This is one of two problems, too much detergent, or not the right detergent to begin with. Make sure you read our first article to see if your detergent is the right kind (powder over liquid if possible, not a free and clear if it can be helped, not the more natural detergents).

How to tell if you are using too much? Remember, last week(part 1) we said “don’t sweat the suds IF you have no odors issues”, and we stand by that advice. If everything is fine and smells like clean fabric, don’t worry about checking for suds at any point in your wash routine. However, if you have this problem of stink when peed in, check your suds. To do this with a front loader, clean the diapers as usual, then do a hot wash cycle with no detergent and then…

  1. If you have an HE machine, look at the glass during the wash cycle, do you see bubbles coming out?
  2. If you have a top loader, wait until you hear it going in the wash cycle (past the filling stage, then you hear it agitating everything around), then open the lid. Do you see bubbles formed (give it a minute or two to get washing)

If you see some soapy bubbles (not just little air bubbles from swishing fabric around), then you may have buildup. There are a few ways to strip diapers with this kind of buildup:

  1. If they aren’t too bad (and hopefully you can catch this early so you don’t get a lot of bacteria built up), doing 2-3 wash cycles with just hot water on CLEAN diapers (make sure you wash them first and then do this), should strip out the residue. Don’t do any cold pre-rinses, try to hit them with as much hot water as possible.If they are really stenchy, you may need bleach to strip them. Again, that link above has proper stripping techniques, please do not use Dawn dish soap to strip.
  2. Once they have been stripped of the detergent buildup, reductions in detergent are needed or a new detergent. IF you have very soft water, you CAN use an HE detergent in a regular machine. You can never use regular detergent in an HE machine, but you can use HE detergent in a regular machine with soft water, it is formulated to be low sudsing for HE machines, and will rinse easier. You have to be careful with detergent levels, too high and you get buildup, too low and you will get that bacteria left behind/stink out of the dryer problem. If you want help finding the right level of detergent or the right detergent, give us an email at AbbysLane@aol.com

Part of this problem also embraces ammonia. Old detergent buildup can trap old feces and urine, which can lead to ammonia odors. That being said….  There are two times when ammonia can be normal:

  1. 1) in the diaper pail, when you lift the lid, ammonia wafting can be normal.
  2. 2)in the morning diaper. When a diaper has been on for 8+ hours, it can smell of ammonia in the morning.

Remember, our bodies cannot tolerate ammonia internally, so we convert it to other byproducts. When urine leaves our body and meets air, it will start to convert back to ammonia salts (with or without bacteria present). If your baby pees early in the night, that is 8+ hours of urine salts sitting in a nice, warm, moist environment, so it will smell in the morning. Adding absorbency to break down the concentration will help, but especially as your baby ages that morning smell is normal. If your diapers smell fresh out of the dryer, and do not smell of stale urine within the first hour of being worn, your wash routine is otherwise fine.

Ammonia burn or chafing is *never* acceptable, it is something we work with many customers to fix, usually by fixing the wash routine or increasing absorbency/breathability depending on why the child is sensitive to the urine.

Ammonia isn’t present in urine until it leaves the body and meets air. The Urea that it is converted to internally is sterile until oxygen will start to convert it to ammonia, bacteria doesn’t always have to be present. We have had many customers who had ammonia odors in disposables they used, which obviously didn’t have detergent buildup and hadn’t been in play with bacteria long enough to build it up. There are lots of factors that can cause that “ammonia” smell, some will never encounter it at all unless these factors are in play. Heavy wetters will be more prone to the odor, if you have had a light wetter versus a heavy wetter, you know the difference between the volumes. When you start adding half an ounce of urine to each diaper change, or more, you are really increasing the urea output. Toddler urine is more complicated as well, more going into it, more coming out.

Additionally, if your baby pees when you put them down and it is a big one, you are getting several hours of a head start on this whole process, so the odors will be much stronger.

Imagine peeing on a tee shirt (fitted/prefolds), wrapping it in a plastic bag (cover) then leaving it for 8 hours, it would stink to high heaven when you opened the bag, on the flip side, if your had your 2 month old pee in a little tee shirt and did the same thing for 3 hours, the stench wouldn’t be nearly as much, hence the volume/concentration/age factors.

For the pail, it can vary based on lots of things, if you keep an open pail in a broom closet and wash toddler diapers every 3-4 days, your odors will be very different from a closed pail in a larger ventilated room washing every 1-2 days. Clean diapers will still do this in pails, it doesn’t matter how clean they are going in, if you have the right combination of volume and age in urine, it can produce the same effect. Additionally, remember a closed lid pail isn’t airtight, unless you vacuum seal it after each time you put a diaper in, you allow lots of air flow in the pail to open and close the lid every 90 minutes to a few hours, plus the lid itself doesn’t seal air out, so it is fine to have a closed-lid pail (this is beneficial for other reasons than containing odors, like keeping out bugs-yes it does happen-and exploring little children)

Nothing that harms a baby’s skin is ever normal, and needs to be corrected. If the wash routine is otherwise fine and you have stripped the diapers, sometimes increasing the absorbency does the trick, breaking down the concentration of urea leaving the body makes it less volatile on the skin. For some, they need more breathable options, since air still gets into PUL diapers you never have an airtight diapering system, but for some babies the extra air flow to their skin is what it needs to tolerate that old urine breathing back onto their skin.

For some babies, you need to explore eczema and other skin sensitivities, if you have skin that is already compromised to begin with, adding urine breathing onto it for 8+ hours is too much. Middle of the night changes, eczema ointments,other options can help. For “yeasty” babies cornstarch is great as a preventative measure (not during an outbreak, as it will feed the yeast, but on healed skin to prevent it is great), plus lots of air flow/naked time so the fungus has a hard time growing without the moist and dark conditions.

We relay this to our customers who have perfectly fresh diapers out of the dryer (meaning nothing bacterial is left behind from feces), and the diapers do not smell of stale urine when freshly peed in (indicates buildup and need to be stripped), and the only time they smell the ammonia odors, or “strong urine” odors is in the pail when they lift the lid to toss in a newly soiled diaper, or the morning diaper on from 8 hours prior. Remember, rashes or burns are not normal, please email us if you need help with these issues!

Some fun urine resource sites-LOL:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urine-odor/MY00378
http://sxxz.blogspot.com/2006/07/why-is-urine-yellow.html

January 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Diaper Chatter, FAQ, Wash routines.

41 Comments

  1. Sarah B replied:

    Thanks for the info! I just have a couple questions…Is there a natural bleach you would recommend? Traditional bleach seems to really bother me (and give me headaches)
    Also, I am now finding myself in need of a diaper sprayer. What type would you recommend? I have read mixed reviews about the BumGenius model.
    Thanks!

    • rktshot replied:

      I have the BG sprayer and am not in love with it. The hanger the sprayer hangs on spins around now making it hard to put it back when you are holding onto a dripping diaper. Now sure how other models compare with this, but you barely have to turn it on and it sprays like crazy. If I don’t pay close attention, it is easy to start spraying the poop around the bathroom!

    • abbyslane replied:

      You can try a color safe bleach that uses hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine (as in the regular clorox). For sprayers, we are really excited about the new FLO coming out from Blueberry (due this week), it has a shut off valve right at the nozzle, and it hangs on the side of the toilet :)

    • Sierra replied:

      I like biokleen oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is suppose to be less bad for the environment.

  2. Jennifer Stuckey replied:

    Does it matter WHICH tide you use? My son and I are extremely allergic to Tide in its original fragrance and need everything to be free and clear of dyes and perfumes. Would the Ultra Tide Free & Gentle work just as well?

    • abbyslane replied:

      Tide free is good, too! If you are sensitive to fragrance, tide free comes in HE liquid only, but we see many customers having success with it~

  3. Katie S replied:

    I’ve never dealt with stink issues, but only cloth diapered part time from about the time my son was 18 months until he potty trained, so not long enough for me to encounter many problems. So, being a little inexperienced, this was an incredibly informative and VERY helpful post! Thank you!!!!!

  4. Amie replied:

    Awesome post – thank you! I cannot wait for next week’s post on “come out of the dryer smelling great but stink when peed in”…I’m dealing with that now and am starting to get frustrated!!

  5. tracy replied:

    Shared the link for the sweepstakes on Facebook!

  6. Cynthia Cantu replied:

    So glad to find straight-forward advice!

  7. Carolyn replied:

    WONDERFUL article! I am a big proponent of “poopy diapers need to be CLEANED! Not handled like porcelain dolls!” It’s so nice to see a retailer stick up for that, since most of the time they’re getting mad if you use anything commercial. I love to see people admit to using Tide ;)

  8. Kelly replied:

    Tide Powder? I thought we we’re supposed to use anything “free” & “clear” on diapers. What are your thoughts about using calgon or wash soda for hard water?

  9. Kim replied:

    I’m using the Tide Free HE liquid in my front loader and the diapers stink. Not ammonia stink like we’ve had in the past, but not good. I am using the “2” measurement on the cup, the one recommended for medium loads with one pail of diapers with a pre-rinse and the whitest whites setting that has an extra rinse. They smell fine until they’re peed in so I guess I’ll have to wait until next week to read the solution! The only luck I had was with an extra hot cycle with no detergent so I figured it was detergent residue (it happened the very first load with the Tide) but maybe I’m not using enough? I can’t stand fragrance so I cringe at the thought of using regular Tide.

  10. Sara replied:

    Any company that would recommend the most carcinogenic detergent for cloth diapers, isn’t one that should promoted in my opinion. Even the Free and Clear Tide has toxic chemicals and crushed fiberglass to basically “scrape” your clothing and diapers clean. I don’t care how long a company has been in business for, that is awful advice from companies that sell cloth diapers… something that MANY THOUSANDS of people use specifically to help the environment.

    • Beck Amy replied:

      Totally agree with this comment about Tide. The chemicals in Tide have even more recently been warned against. I would never use this on my own clothes, let alone baby’s diapers.

  11. Maleasa replied:

    I just started using cloth on both of boys. One is almost 2 the other is 3 months. This article was very helpful however I am having a stink issues I need help with. My older son’s bottom has a strong stink every diaper change. The diapers are new and washed the same way and I have had no issues with my infant. The only difference is that I use a MF and a hemp insert for my toddler. Any suggestions as to what migjt be causing he smell? I’m thinking it maybe the hemp. Is there a solution for that? So far today I have used only MF (2 diapers so far) and there does not seem to be a difference. Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Angela Lang replied:

      From what I’ve experienced the MF tend to hold the stink the most. Maybe try just the hemp?

  12. Michelle Hall replied:

    Kay I know you keep talking about tide, and you briefly mentioned, Rockin’ Green. What is your feelings, recommendations about Rockin’ Green? I think I probably have to strip with bleach, at the moment. Thank you for this article. There is SO many opinions out there. I’m getting a little lost in what to do. I’m getting stink when peed in, and they aren’t very fresh out of the drier either. (Although I usually hang them to dry) That is my other question too. Do you recommend the drier or hanging to dry. I’ve got PUL pocket diapers.

  13. Angela Lang replied:

    So I’ve got a question I can’t seem to get an answer to anywhere. When we are at home we air dry the liners before tosssing them in a hamper till we wash. Twice now when traveling and using a wet bag we get a purpleish brown stain on the wet liners when we pull
    Them out of the wet bag to wash. It won’t come out in the wash or with sunning. :/ What is going on and what can I do? Help please!

  14. Mo replied:

    Question about Tide. I have been using Tide Original Powder and now it’s hard to find them anywhere since they have been discontinued. Is Tide Ultra powder ok to use?

    • Carolyn Allen Russell replied:

      There are people who don’t like Tide Ultra as much as the original, but there’s nothing about it that would make it not “ok to use”. I’ve only ever used Ultra, and my diapers are great! :)

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  16. jennifer replied:

    i am new to cloth diapers i just started using the m on my 11 mth old. they are snap diapers with the inserts that slide in. i have been using tide pods on them and a friend that has been using apple cheeks told me not to use that bc it would cause build up im just wondering what is the best to use . my hudband really like tide and wants me to stick to it but we want what is best for our little man what do i need to use????

    • Kim replied:

      I say use what works! If you aren’t having problems stick with it. :)

  17. Samantha Stone Avneri replied:

    Thanks for this helpful article ! I’ve been having some stink issues and resolve it temporarily but it comes back quickly. I have bum genius pocket diapers. I used dawn (i know, im sorry!) and bleach to strip them recently and it works for maybe once cycle of wear and then the smell comes back again. I use charlies soap normally to clean, 1 scoop for my top loading HE machine (LG). my usual cycle is the sanitary (ill change that i guess, used to be just the hot ‘baby wear’ cycle with 2 extra rinses). My diapers stink after she pees in them and dont smell that great after washing, not bad just not what i would consider normal.

    If I understand your article correctly, I should maybe strip them all once by cleaning them normally and then doing a hot wash cycle with clorox only. then continue my normal routine (hot wash, two rinses, not sanitary cycle) with tide ultra powdered soap? i usually always let them dry outside in the sun or at least inside on the rack, never in the dryer. not sure if that makes a difference. the one thing i cna’t do is the hot prerinse. my machine only does a cold prerinse. should i forgo the prerinse or run a normal hot cycle as a prerinse THEN do a hot cycle with soap + 1 extra rinse? HELP! My diapers were fine and amazing for like 8 months with no change in routine, until they weren’t and now the problem doesn’t seem to be going away.

    THANK YOU!

    • Nadine Demers replied:

      I have the same issue, exact same story!

  18. Samantha Stone Avneri replied:

    I’d add that I dont really like the idea of using tide but i’m desperate. I have used rockin green in the past. should i switch from charlies to rockin green as an alternative to tide?

  19. Mikel replied:

    This post is amazing. What’s your experience with sticky PUL? Half of my new bumgenius have resistant while stuffing/tacky feeling PUL. I’ve washed all my new diapers the exact same and the same amount and only some of them are this way. I rinse cold, warm wash with tide original powder and calgon, and 2 cold rinses and always air dry covers indoors. I can’t get them replaced under warranty beause tide isn’t listed for warranty detergent. GRRR! I don’t mind the PUL as long as it functions but I’m worried it is just in the beginning stages of deteriorating. :-(.

    • Carolyn Allen Russell replied:

      Not sure about BGs, but I know that some Fuzzibunz PUL is sticky while others isn’t, and I believe it was traced to where the diaper was manufactured (people who were looking to buy or sell used ones online were specifying where the diaper was made as a way to distinguish if the PUL was sticky or not).

  20. April Thompson replied:

    Does all of this advice include people with hard water and front load washers?

  21. aimedattheheart replied:

    One important factor of washing diapers that you did not mention is water. Many people are using HE machines and the wash cycle alone will not wet the diapers enough. Diapers are meant to absorb a lot so, when they absorb all the wash water, there is often not enough left to actually wash with. Solutions include using the “soak” cycle, if your machine has it, or dumping a bucket or two of water (warm to hot) right into the drum. That way the diapers will be drenched and will actually allow the wash water to wash them instead of absorb into the diapers. It will also, often, trigger the weight sensor in a machine and force it to add extra water. (Wet towels have also been recommended but it still often doesn’t get enough extra water added.)

    • aimedattheheart replied:

      Extra note: Rinse cycle is helpful but will spin the water out of the diapers. So you will still need to do a soak cycle or manually add water into the drum.

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  27. Justine replied:

    My PUL always smells on my MCN’s, i never have a problem with the inserts/boosters, just the PUL part… any help your be very appreciated!

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  29. Rumsita replied:

    I must have the only FL that doesn’t have a window in the door. I don’t think there is any way for me to “peek” during the wash cycle.

    I’m still battling the ammonia issue here. Now that I’m rid of all microfiber I know it isn’t that. I think we’ll have to resort to rinsing diapers. Ick. I guess the one plus would be that if we move the diaper pail to the bathroom, baby won’t have access to play with it.

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