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Cloth Diapers Smell Like Mildew?

Yes, it happens; and when it does it is not pleasant! When you have this problem you are left wondering why your cloth diapers smell like mildew, and how you can get rid of this problem, and get rid of it for good!

What causes them to smell?

Usually any type of smell that comes from cloth diapers is caused from a buildup of some sort; usually detergent or sometimes hard water build up. Diapers with absorbent hemp, or other man made materials such as micro fiber, tend to attract build up more. Natural fibers such as cotton or bamboo tend not to stink as bad, but it can still happen.

Striping your diapers

When this happens you will want to strip your diapers. Basically you will do your regular wash if you diapers are soiled then begin the stripping process after they are done. After the regular wash, you will put your diapers into the washing machine and run them through a very hot wash with no detergent. It is important to make sure you have your hot water set to a high temperature for the process to be most effective. Temporarily turn your water heater up if you have to. (Don’t forget to turn it down when the process is done)

Rinse and repeat

While you are rinsing your diapers in the hot wash you will probably have to repeat the process a few times over to make sure that the build up is removed. To check the progress of the stripping, you can open the washer lid to check for any bubbles. When checking for bubbles you want to check for ones that stick around on top of the water for a while, not agitation bubbles that pop as soon as they’re made. If you do not see any bubbles during the wash it probably means you have gotten rid of the build up.

For those that have a front loader, checking for bubbles might be a bit more challenging. Some people use a flash light to check, if that’s not doable, than running them for a few extra washes wouldn’t hurt.

Other alternatives

Some people have their own way of stripping cloth diapers that don’t involve using a washer. Some use methods such as a dishwasher, or stripping them by hand. If you only have a few diapers that need to be stripped, using a pot of very hot water, and insulated rubber gloves (so you don’t burn your hands), can do the job. However, if you have a lot of diapers I probably wouldn’t recommend this method. Using your dishwasher can also be effective, and is sometimes claimed to work better than the washer, but doing this can be a major fire hazard. If you choose this method be extremely careful and never leave them unattended.

Ready to wear

After you have stripped your diapers put them on the line or in the dryer. Once they are dry they should be free of any unusual smells, and ready to wear!


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