September 8, 2011

One Mom shares her tip on how to Re-Waterproof her Pocket Diapers!

Guest post by Elizabeth

After using our awesome cloth diapers for over two years we FINALLY started to have problems with leaking through the PUL.  It was incredibly frustrating and I was about ready to hang up the towel with all 24 diapers we owned.  Then I contacted  the company that makes the diapers we use and asked for their help.   I was reassured that this is a common problem with use and/or the water temperature (note to all of you CDing mamas - water temp should be no higher than 140*F).  They suggested that we use a product called Atsko Permanent Water Guard to re-waterproof our cloth diapers.  I was skeptical and not sure if it would work but hubby and I were on a tight budget preparing our HSA for the birth of Lady Bug so we gave it a chance.

I'm VERY happy with the results...

Since I was preggo at the time I didn't want to be the one spraying the water guard. So my hubby did it. Basically what you’ll want to do it turn the diapers inside out. Spray liberally on both sides of the diaper. Then let it fully dry, we allowed it to dry for 24 hours. Turn the diaper right side out and spray liberally again. We ended up doing this another time which required two bottles of spray. I'm a fan of the results and would recommend it to those of you who have pocket diapers that are leaking through the PUL. 

The other problem we were having was Buggie being a really heavy wetter.  What else can I say?  He loves his H2O.  So on top of having done the waterproofing to the diapers I've also been using a diaper doublers which has greatly helped with that issue. 

Hope this post helped any of you out there with leaking issues!!!  Happy diapering!!!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, became a "mom" to a beagle named, Chula, that same year and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM.  Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.


Is there particular reason for that brand? I had thought about doing this when we went camping and I was waterproofing our tents. I thought it was just a crazy thought...hmm I should spray my diapers too, then they will stop leaking lol!

Pretty much any brand will work. I also use and recommend Atsko. It's smelly so you'll want to do it outside. And take care not to get any on the fleece or suedecloth. But it does work quite nicely. Some moms spray it into a bowl, then paint on with a paintbrush to be sure it goes only where they want it to go.

The water where I live is extremely hard on PUL. The PUL starts to get tiny holes in it and it leaks after about a year of use. I always assumed that the diapers were just ruined and have thrown some away, but do you know if this will this work for that too?

Sarah J. Yes, it'll work on that issue. That's the kind of issue I was having with my PUL too.

And I definitely agree about the smell. We live in MN and had a long winter which is when we did this so we had to do it in our garage with the door up.

Hmm. I thought of doing this years ago but never did it. In the past year I asked a diaper maker about it and I think I was told it can cause repelling issues on the diapers placed inside the covers and as such it is not a good idea to use. You'll have to do another post down the line. :)

This is such a great idea, good to hear it works. im having some leaking problems as well. I'll have to try this out on the diapers! :D
save me the money from buying more.

holy cow I didnt even know it was possible to fit them once the pul leaked. thats awesome! thanks for all the info bc Ill def have to keep this in mind. im scared some of mine will do this soon

Hi there - I have the BG 4.0. Any idea whether I should use the trigger or aerosol??

Thanks for the tip! We are in the same boat (used for 2 years, new babe on the way etc.) with our diapers and I'm glad to read that it works --- very reassuring before I try it out!

So I should turn the dipe inside out & put on the inside of the dipe, let it dry, & do the outside as well?

So I should turn the diaper inside out, do the inside & then apply to the outside as well after it dries? I have hard water that is doing the little holes in the pul as well.

did this hold up over time with multiple washes?

Did this hold up over time with multiple washes?

Our bum genius cloth diapers were starting to leak through the fabric after 2.5 years (and starting with a new baby). Did this waterproofing spray on all the diapers. Now I'm having a huge problem because the waterproofing was too good. (I only sprayed the outside, one layer of spray). The spray somehow soaked through to the absorbant side, and now it isn't anymore. Now all my diapers just channel the liquid pee out the edges of the diapers, making a mess everyday. I’d like to know how to UNwaterproof these.

Baking soda and dish liquid soap...palm olive or ivory

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can you waterproof using this method if the PUL has a large tear/gap?