stripping diapers, part 2

We are continuing our stripping discussion, this week being “how to strip” if reading last week’s post makes you think you need to strip. I do want to throw one more tidbit in, it drives me a little batty when 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, 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 clorox in the detergent cycle with clean 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.

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.

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February 22, 2011. cloth diapers, FAQ, Q & A. 6 comments.

V-Day Winners :)

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February 15, 2011. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

do I need to strip my diapers?

This week we are going to start a discussion that will span a few weeks regarding “stripping” the diapers and what it is intended for. 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, that a customer thinks the diaper needs to be stripped, it is actually a scenario where more absorbency is needed. You do NOT need to strip if:

-The diapers leak, but more than 30-45 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 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 liquid detergents that are “free and clears”

February 15, 2011. cloth diapers, FAQ, Q & A. 3 comments.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway :)

Here’s how we play, you *have* to comment below on our blog (not facebook, not email), to enter. You are playing for one crimson Rumparooz wet bag, and one Watermelon one size Fuzzi Bunz, so 2 winners, one prize each. Tell me what your kid/partner/mailman did today to make your Valentine’s Day! It is that easy~

February 14, 2011. Uncategorized. 340 comments.

First Blog Chat of 2011 WINNERS!

Sorry to keep you all in suspense….but it’s no easy feat to go through all these comments!! Congrats to all of our winners, thank you for playing. Winners have also been e-mailed, so if you aren’t sure if you won or not, check your e-mail and be sure to check your spam folder. Thanks everyone for joining us and for your business.

ALL WINNERS WERE SELECTED USING RANDOM.ORG with the exception of the referral. 🙂

1 Bumgenius 4.0 artist series one size pocket-your choice of color/closure: Nelle who was home sick and needed a pick me up!
1 rumparooz one size pocket: Madeline from Cloth Diaper Giveaways
4 Buddha Bunz dryer balls: Laura B.
Bumgenius diaper sprayer: Fencilar
Mama Cloth: Emily who is “the Emily Jane”
One Little Beetle Organic Velour Learner: Elizabeth “Miss Mary K”
CJs prize: Laura of the Hall Family
Rockin Green: David
Kissaluvs concentrate & wipes: Darcy of Darcy & Brian
Kissaluvs marvel AIO: Heather R.
Thirsties wipes and one duo diaper: Brian ….the chicken saur
Leslie’s wet/dry bag: Tara E.
One Bumgenius Elemental artist series: Doug M.
One Grovia Shell & 2 pack organic soakers: Jeremy L
One Blueberry coverall & 2 prefolds: Corban
One Flip Organic day pack: Jessica G
One Fuzzi Bunz one size pocket: Vered M
One Gen Y cover & one prefold: Amanda S.
One Bummis Easy Fit one size pocket: Kayla who is Mommy to “Turtle”
Ergo Baby Carrier, black/camel: Michelle from Munchkin Farm

$20 voucher Referral Winner: Chrystal from Biehl’s Adventures

February 5, 2011. Fun, Giveaway. 14 comments.

One Ergo Baby Carrier, color Black/Camel

THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR BLOG CHAT!!!

We love our customers…thank you for supporting your business. We know you have a choice, and we thank you for choosing us!

Hope you had fun….now post here for your chance to win One Ergo Baby Carrier, color Black/Camel!!!!

February 4, 2011. Uncategorized. 360 comments.

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February 4, 2011. Uncategorized. 113 comments.

one Bummis EZ fit one size pocket

In honor of Valentine’s Day fast approaching, let’s share some love. Name someone you love!

Win: one Bummis EZ fit one size pocket

February 4, 2011. Fun, Giveaway. 311 comments.

Gen-Y cover & one prefold

On Tuesdays what event do we have at the store?

Win: one Gen-y universal cover, you pick print and size, and one prefold, you select size of indian unbleached

February 4, 2011. Uncategorized. 252 comments.

one Fuzzi Bunz one size pocket diaper

What program feature do we intend to have implemented before summertime on our new website?

Win: one Fuzzi Bunz one size pocket diaper

February 4, 2011. Fun, Giveaway. 285 comments.

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