My Diapers Stink!!!

13 12 2007

Many people have been searching my blog for “stinky diapers” and I think this topic needs a post of its own. Let me tell you I have been there! You are doing everything right, you clean them like they say to, you wash after a couple days and again they still STINK! What do I do now?

Here are some things you can do….

The #1 problem for stinky diapers is detergent build up. This is when the detergent you are using builds up in the diaper and holds in odor. The diapers are clean, but they stink after they are cleaned. What you need to do is put your diapers (clean ones) into the washer and rinse them until you don’t see anymore soap bubbles in the water. (While they are rinsing turn off the washer and let the water settle, if bubbles are on top of the water you have build up). Keep rinsing over and over until no more soap bubbles. To avoid this is the future use a little less detergent while washing your diapers, especially if you have a front loader!

2nd thing it could be is that you have used a diaper cream with COD LIVER OIL in it. Your diapers will have a faint….sometimes really strong fish odor to them. What you need to do is stop using the cream and the smell will eventually go away after lots of washes. The diapers are clean, but will just take time for the oil to wash out of them.

#3 is that you could have bacteria build up in your diapers. You will know this because your diapers will smell nice and sweet after washing and drying, but the minute your child pees or poops in the diapers they will STINK! You can’t even explain the smell, it is just horrible! If you have this problem you know what I am talking about. If it is summer time and the sun is bright you can put your diapers in the sun and that will naturally kill off the bacteria or you can put a small (1/4 cup) of bleach in the washer when you are washing them. Do this before the 2nd rinse so that you get 2 rinses to get it all out. I do this once a month to keep the bacteria gone out of my diapers and they smell wonderful and are still bright colors!

I hope this helps with the diapers that stink!



4 responses

31 12 2007

the tags on mine say no bleach

31 12 2007

All diapers say NO bleach. If you use bleach it will wear down the fabric in them a little bit. But I don’t care, I will not use stinky dipes on my kiddos, so I would rather replace the diapers every 3 years then to have them for 4 years and have them stink. Know what I mean?

Have a great day.

31 12 2007

good point! 🙂 i just had to use bleach for the first time. so far no luck with one diaper!

4 03 2009

Not ALL diapers say NO bleach. In fact, BG’s website recommends bleach every month, exactly as she has stated. 1/4 cup once a month. It does not ruin them, it keeps them clean and sanitized. Don’t believe me, check it out, call their customer service, and they will tell you the same thing.

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