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.


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