cloth diaper dreams. It's a beast, we've all battled it, even the most experienced cloth diapering mamas; retailers, manufacturers, customers...no one's immune to it. It's the number one reason why families give up on cloth, the funky ammonia smell that they just can't get rid of. It makes your eyes water so you know it's got to be bothering the baby, they just can't tell you.
There are products that treat the ammonia odor, yet it persists? You can't figure it out.
So what's the answer? Well everyone's cloth diaper washing routine is different but there's no denying that the longer you let your urine soaked diapers sit in either the wetbag, doorknob pail or diaper pail, the more the ammonia seems to hang on for dear life when all you want to do is get rid of it!
Try this simple tip and see if it doesn't help you conquer the ammonia beast.
TIP: Before placing your urine soaked diaper into the diaper pail or wetbag, take it to the sink or toilet, and rinse it off. Often the diaper sprayer is only used for poopy diapers, but there are benefits to using it on pee-only diapers as well.
Personally, I'd take my pocket diaper to my bathroom sink, pull out the insert, let the water rinse it and then squeeze it out really good before placing in the pail or wetbag with the diapers. The same could be done with the pocket shells. Rinse in the sink and then wring out or spray them into the toilet with your cloth diaper sprayer.
The more urine you can rinse before allowing them to sit until laundry day the better off you'll be.
What are your thoughts? Do you spray or rinse your "pee" diapers before putting them in the pail or do you only do that with soiled cloth diapers?