December 11, 2008

Ammonia issues

As most everyone cloth diapering a toddler can tell you, sometimes ammonia is an issue. A BIG issue. The morning cloth diapers of an 18+ month old can stink up a house. Usually, this can be traced to detergent or washing issues and thus fixed. But some kids, due to their drinking habits and the chemistry of their urine, make those morning diapers a tough problem to solve.

My daughter is one of these kids. We've had ammonia issues for about 1 year now (she's 3 1/2 years). I've tried lots of ideas. Some work better than others but none have solved the problem. I'd settled on 1/4 cup of bleach in every wash load, but I soon found out that this dissolves PUL (so don't try that at home!).

However, I think we finally have it. Bac-Out. I'd heard it was amazing and I finally bought a bottle to try. The first day I squirted it on every diaper and both sides of every insert. That took way too much Bac-Out, though. (I've since heard to cut it 50/50 with water and spray it on) Now I'm adding 1/3 cup to my final rinse cycle.

The 1/3 cup doesn't have any real science. It's the only size measuring cup I could spare out of my baking drawer. But it works. Would 1/4 cup work as well? Maybe. I'll try it next time I do diapers!

I've now washed diapers 4 times with Country Save detergent and 1/3 cup Bac-Out. Her morning dipes still smell slightly of ammonia, but you pretty much have to stick your nose way closer than you normally ever would.

I do carry Country Save detergent (as well as Planet, Vaska, and Allen's) but you'll soon see Bac-Out available in my stores. Until then, you can often find it at natural groceries or sometimes in the laundry aisle at your favorite store.

1 comments:

Any idea when you'll get Bac-Out in? I'd love to try it!