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Tip #10 - {Dealing with Funk}
Sunday , 11 November 2012 , 05 : 08 PM

Ah, the dreaded funk. If you’ve cloth diapered for any length of time, I can almost bet that you’ve encountered it. Maybe you changed your routine, or tried a different detergent, or maybe baby is just getting older and their urine has more ammonia? Whatever it is that has precipitated the change, it is an unpleasant experience to say the least. 

The particular smell I’m going to address in this tip is the very pungent barnyard smell you may notice immediately after your baby pees in a diaper. A lot of times you’ll smell it and decide that stripping your diapers is in order – and after stripping it’s better. There’s no smell and you’re a happy cloth diaperer again. Buuuut… unless you solve the root of the problem, stripping will be a temporary fix and within a month you’ll be stripping again. So what’s the root?

Most often, the barnyard smell is due to detergent build-up. There’re two things you can do – either lessen the amount of detergent you use, or add an additional post-wash rinse. I usually will recommend an extra rinse first for those who are using a small amount of detergent to begin with, or if they have an HE washer.

If you have a problem currently, you will have to strip first. For detergent build-up, a few hot washes AFTER your usual wash routine, in succession will be sufficient – no need for harsh chemicals or additives. Then alter your routine by lessening the detergent slightly or adding an additional post-wash rinse to your normal routine (so if you already do 1 post-wash rinse, change it to 2). 

And it’s that easy. Sometimes all you need is a little tweak to your routine :) Stay tuned for a wetbag giveaway tomorrow!