When your cloth diapers are less absorbent and they stink like rotten radishes right out of the wash, it’s time to strip them. And in this video Mike will show you how.
Do YOU need to strip your cloth diapers?
Find out in our video, 8 Signs It’s Time to Strip Your Cloth Diapers.
What you’ll need to strip your cloth diapers
All you need is some original liquid Dawn dish detergent (blue formula), as well as some bleach.
The process is pretty simple. Wash your diapers once in super hot water with some Dawn dish detergent.
- one teaspoon of for high efficiency machines
- one tablespoon for regular washing machines
Also, add up to a 1/2 cup of bleach in the wash cycle. This is key.
Do a couple more hot water rinses with no detergent to completely rinse diapers clean. If you see suds at the end of the rinse cycle, keep rinsing!
Dry your diapers as normal and enjoy the absence of stank!
Isn’t bleach harsh on the diapers and on the baby?
Our diaper manufacturer, bumGenius, recommends the bleach, so we’re okay with it on the diapers. And, after several rinse cycles, we’re confident that the bleach isn’t reaching the baby. Moreover, it’s the only thing that works for us!
Our info was picked up directly from bumGenius
Their stripping instructions are:
Wash once in hot water with one teaspoon (for high efficiency machines) to one tablespoon (for regular washing machines) with original liquid Dawn (blue formula) and up to 1/2 cup bleach in the wash cycle.
Do two additional hot water washes with no detergent to completely rinse the diapers clean. If you still see suds, keep rinsing until the diapers are rinsed clean.
How often we strip our diapers
These days, we do the whole strip process once every three or four months. But we add some bleach and do extra rinses every month or so to beat the stank back into submission.
What’s your cloth diaper IQ?
Do you know your prefolds from your AIOs? Your hybrids from your cloth wipes? Check out our post Cloth Diapering 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started for the full scoop on CDing.
How about you?
What method do you use to beat the cloth diaper funk?