By far the easiest way to strip your diapers is by doing continual hot washes. I always recommend this as a first course of action when families experience “funk”, even before changing their routine or detergent, because for any change to be effective, and to actually improve your diapering situation, you need to start with a clean slate.
So how do you do it? It’s as easy as it sounds – just do a few hot washes! Do your normal wash routine, then do an extra hot wash with no detergent, followed by another. Do as many as 4 or even 5 hot washes to really get them as clean as possible. The real test is to open the lid while you diapers are agitating and see if there are any bubbles. If there are, do another hot wash. If there aren’t, you’re good!
Some bubbles are normal so if your wash cycle stops when you open the lid/door, let the water sit for a few minutes until it’s settled. Detergent bubbles will linger. Also, if you use a scented detergent like Rockin’ Green, it’s a good indication that your detergent is rinsing clean when you can no longer smell the detergent.
You should see an immediate improvement in your diapers. If you start experiencing issues again within a few weeks, you need to get to the root of the problem. Stripping is hard on your diapers and if you’re stripping once a month you can really shorten their lifespan.