Monday, October 22, 2012

Thoughts on Stripping Cloth Diapers, Do you really have to?

Stripping cloth diapers is one of the most feared words in the cloth diapering index. When I first started cloth diapering and I heard that we were suppose to strip our cloth diapers every so often to prevent residue build up, I felt completely overwhelmed.

If you are using a cloth diaper safe detergent and no rash creams then you should not have to strip your cloth diapers more than every few months or at all. I have been cloth diapering for 4+ months and I have never had to strip them. It all has to do with how you take care of your diapers, what kind of rash cremes you use and what your water type is. 
You will  need to strip your cloth diapers when you notice or suspect that they are beginning to repel moisture or when they begin to smell bad or funky even after they have just been washed. In order to strip detergent buildup on your diapers, fill your washer with the hottest setting possible but remember not to exceed 150 degrees F so that you do not risk damaging the waterproof material Place your washer on the largest load available so that they will have plenty of room to agitate. Then use a mineral remover such as RLR and follow the instructions. Next make sure that you rinse a least two extra times. Hang and dry or dry in the dryer per your regular routine. 
After speaking with many other cloth diaper mommies, they stated that they either do a couple of hot washes with no soap or they use dawn dish soap which is a degreaser. Since we've never really had to strip our diapers we would probably use the hot wash routine if it was ever to arise.

Just know that stripping never has to be a feared topic again and that there is plenty of research and methods out there, and sometimes you just need to use trial and error to find what works for you.

Have you been able to avoid stripping your cloth diapers?  If not, which method do you prefer for stripping?


My name is Ashley Suzanne. I am a 21 year old pre-nursing student. In my free time I enjoy blogging, collecting baby items, dreaming about my future family. In the meantime I love to learn more about cloth diapering, homeschooling, and raising my children in God’s amazing love and grace through family and friends!


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