How do I strip my diapers?
When your diapers start to leak or even get a smell, whether it's ammonia buildup or 'barnyard stinkies', it's time to STRIP! The diapers that is. Below are the instructions, but please note that if you are constantly having smells, there is more to look into.
Ammonia buildup comes from either containing urine in a wet bag for more than 48 hours, or from not getting your diapers truly clean during the last wash.
This can be 'fixed' by stripping and then either leaving your wet bag open (it helps smells believe it or not!) or adding 1/3c of white vinegar to your pre-soak. Vinegar is a mild acid, which will help neutralize the pH of the base, ammonia. It's also really great at getting rid of smells.
Barnyard stink (think horse stalls) comes from not using enough detergent or from detergent buildup.
Barnyard stink can be 'fixed' by stripping and then either using more detergent (approx 1.5 of the amount you were previously using) or by looking into another detergent. Please review our recommended detergents list here. http://www.kerrbearkids.com/blogs/faq/6798866-what-detergents-are-cloth-diaper-friendly
Directions for stripping your cloth diapers with RLR:
Fill washer to highest setting with warm water (NOT hot!), add 1 packet/pod of RLR for top loaders or 1/2 packet/pod for front loaders.
Next add up to 60 diaper items (30 inserts, 30 diapers or 20 diapers 40 inserts etc.)
Soak for 30 minutes and then run a normal wash cycle.
Rinse & spin twice, hang dry diaper shells & dry your inserts in the dryer.
Directions for stripping your cloth diapers with blue Dawn dish soap: (not recommended for front loaders)
Fill washer to highest setting with warm water (NOT hot!), add 1 teaspoon of blue dawn.
Next add up to 60 diaper items
Run a normal wash/rinse cycle
Re-run your wash/rinse cycle until you no longer see any bubbles when the diaper laundry is agitating. (this can take up to 3 wash/rinse cycles!)
Hang dry diaper shells & dry inserts in the dryer **if prepping by using this method, please cross-check our prep instructions**