November 17, 2012

Cloth Diapers, What if you accidentally use the WRONG detergent?

If you read this detergent post, then you know what this is about...  Your first choice of detergent resulted in leaking, smelling, rash, or even all three.  Now what?

Thankfully the answer is pretty easy, though it can take some time: a routine maintenance called stripping.  The idea is to strip the detergent residue out of the fabric.  Successfully done, it will improve absorbency, reduce odors, and help your baby stay rash-free.

If you google "stripping cloth diapers" you'll find dozens of ways to do it.  Some are easy, some are unbelievably complicated.  Some methods void warranties.  Here are the three methods I recommend most often.  These methods are accepted by most of the major cloth diaper brands.

1. Hot Water - try this one's easiest!  Simply wash diapers and inserts as usual, then rewash in hot water 2-3 times with no detergent.  During the agitation cycle (preferably hot water agitation), look inside your washer.  If there are any soap bubbles at all, run another hot wash.  Repeat until water is absolutely clear.

2. Oxyclean - either the Regular or the Baby version will work.  Wash diapers as usual first, then rewash in hot water with the amount of Oxyclean recommended on the label (usually 1 scoop).  Rinse 2-3 times until water runs very clear.

3. Dawn dishsoap - this one is overall the most effective, but takes the longest.  Use original blue Dawn.  Wash diapers first, the rewash in hot water with 2 tablespoons Dawn.  Then rinse and rinse until water is clear.  This can take a while to wash out all the Dawn bubbles.  It's extra bubbly since it's not made for washing clothes, but it works very well to strip out detergent residue.  If you have hot water rinse, that will be faster.  If you can't get them bubble-free in 2-3 washes, then I recommend going ahead and using them, but running 2-3 washes when you wash them again.  That way it breaks up the number of washes needed to get the water to run clear and you can use them in between. 

Other popular methods include using RLR (little balls of detergent found at Cloth Diaper Outlet) or soaking with Rockin' Green.  I haven't personally tried these methods, but I've heard great things about them.  These methods are also not mentioned much by the manufacturers, but I don't think they would void any warranties.

Just one last note: if you use dryer sheets or fabric softener with your regular laundry, it can transfer residue from the machine to your diapers.  Use the same methods to strip out fabric softener residue.  Then I recommend using a scoop of Oxyclean once every week or two to prevent buildup from occurring again.

November 13, 2012

Trophy Tuesday, Win a Knickernappies Baltic Amber Necklace and/or Save 15%!

 Whoop Whoop!  Baltic Amber is back in stock!  We hope you've been enjoying our Trophy Tuesday posts and the fact that each week the item featured is also on sale for 15% off!

This week we're featuring our Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces!  Yes, we're believers and you should know that if you read our blog.

Recently we covered topics like Does Baltic Amber for Teething really work? and on the Knickernappies blog, How to tell if you Baltic Amber is genuine and not fake!

Our family has seen real results from the use of Baltic Amber as a Teething Pain Remedy and we hope you'll give it a try too!

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Winner of our Fuzzi Bunz Elite One Size Diaper is...

What a successful Trophy Tuesday Giveaway we had last week!  You all must really love your Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers!

We gave you all a chance to win a Fuzzi Bunz Elite One Size Pocket Diaper and a lucky winner has been chosen!

They lucky winner, according to Rafflecopter is Rachel C!  Rachel has already been emailed.  Please check back later today for our next Trophy Tuesday Giveaway.

November 12, 2012

An up close look at our Wolbybug Covers!

Have you seen this great, in depth review of our Wolbybug One Size Diaper Covers?  It's a video made by Padded Tush Stats blog.

Check it out and get an insiders look at what makes this cover so special and one of our most popular diaper covers!

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