October 30, 2012

Trophy Tuesday, Win a Gro Via Wetbag and save 15% when you order this week!

New Trophy Tuesday folks!  This week you can enter to win a great cloth diaper accessory staple item, a Gro Via Drawstring wetbag!

The Gro Via drawstring wetbag is elasticized cord with toggle.
  • Small Bag: Perfect for day outings in diaper bags, holds 3
  • to 5 diapers
  • To wash: Just throw in the wash with your diapers.

Can be used as a pail liner, tote bag or laundry bag. Packs up small and is easy to use with elastic cord and gusset. The elastic cord allows for easy use with your current diaper pail, keeping the bag from slipping off and when it comes time for laundry it turns into a perfect tote bag.

This versatile bag also travels well in its small version in your diaper bag, keeping diapers tucked away while busy mom and dads stay on the move!

*Wash warm and tumble dry.

Gro Via Drawstring Wetbags retail for just $5.95 and this week you can not only enter to win one, you can purchase them this week and save 15% which makes them a shocking low price of just  $5.06 each!

Win it!  Enter the giveaway below utilizing Rafflecopter.

Sale!  Shop for Gro Via's Drawstring Wetbags this week and save 15% off the retail price at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

*Open to the USA & Canada.   Winner has 7 days to claim their prize.  All winners entries will be verified.


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Winner of Trophy Tuesday, a Swaddlebees Capri Cover...

Another Trophy Tuesday has ended!  Thank you all for your interest in winning our new Swaddlebees Capri Diaper Cover!

Rafflecopter chose the lucky winner and it was Janine F!  Janine has already been emailed.

Thank you all for entering and please stay tuned for our next great Trophy Tuesday Giveaway and Sale!

October 29, 2012

How and when to STRIP your Cloth Diapers.

If you use cloth diapers for any significant length of time, odds are, you are going to have to strip them at some point. Most of the time, diapers are stripped for one of the following reasons. The first reason is repelling; over time, diapers can lose absorbency and may even start leaking. The second reason is stink, most often, ammonia stink. The final reason diapers may need to be stripped is usually accidental, i.e. fabric softener was unintentionally added to a load of diapers or non CD-safe diaper rash cream was used. Basically, the need to strip cloth diapers is usually some form of build up causing problems. However, there are some cloth diaper users who preemptively strip every so often in order to prevent future issues.

Hot Water

The most basic of all the stripping techniques is simply using hot water. Diapers are run through repeated wash cycles with just hot water, no additives, until the water is clear. *Diapers should not be washed or stripped with water exceeding 150 degrees.  Please consult your diaper manufacturers warranties and care instructions before proceeding.


Dawn

Probably the most popular stripping method is to use regular blue Dawn dish soap. A couple of squirts in a hot water wash cycle, no detergent added, can be effective at removing build up. This usually causes lots of suds and takes several rinses for the water to be completely clear. In the past when I stripped with Dawn, I didn’t get many suds. I ended up applying Dawn to each diaper individually, rubbing them until they were sudsy, and then leaving them in a sink of hot water to soak overnight.

Bleach

Many people are skeptical to use bleach on cloth diapers, but actually, Cotton Babies recommends monthly bleach treatment of their products. Around ¼ cup of bleach is added to a full load of diapers with no detergent, and then rinsed until the water is clear. For me, this method produced many more suds than stripping with Dawn and took at least 5 rinses to completely rinse out.

RLR

RLR Laundry Treatment was suggested to me when none of the previous stripping methods had solved my ammonia problem. It can be ordered from several well known online cloth diaper retailers and is relatively inexpensive. Mine came in a packet that was added to the hot wash cycle with no detergent, and then the diapers were left to soak. And then, you guessed it, rinse, rinse, rinse, until the water is clear. This method can be very effective if build up is caused by mineral deposits from your water.

Brand Specific Funk Remover

Many cloth diaper and cloth diaper detergent manufacturers make a product that removes build up/ammonia/general stink. The application technique is generally the same as the methods already discussed. The product is added to a wash cycle, with or without detergent, depending on the instructions, and then rinsed out, often after a period of soaking.

BacOut

Stripping with BacOut is similar to stripping with any product, with the exception that most resources I found suggest soaking diapers in the washer with BacOut AFTER the diapers have already been washed and rinsed. So after a normal hot water, cold rinse cycle, refill the washer, add ¼-1/2 cup of BacOut, let soak for desired length of time, run the wash cycle, then rinse until the water is clear.

During a particularly nasty battle with ammonia stink, I used every stripping method listed above with the exception of BacOut. It can be trial and error to find the stripping method that works best for you, but most people have a favorite, tried and true method. What’s yours?

Bio:  Kelly is a licensed audiologist with a 4 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, painting, and relaxing with her friend, iPad. Follow her on Twitter at @KellyFShelton or at MortarBoredMom.blogspot.com for more motherly ramblings.