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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stains on Diapers

Every cloth diapering mom fights with stains in their child’s diapers at some point. Sure, EBF poop isn’t supposed to stain, but I still had some trouble with my son’s diapers already at that point. Now that he’s older and eating lots of solids, it’s only gotten worse. But what do you do about it?

I’ve been all over the internet looking for answers and below are the ones I came up with. Remember that bleach, while excellent at fighting stains, is also harsh on diapers so should be used sparingly or not at all.

1.Sun them! The sun can do amazing things with stains. Have you ever watched the VeggieTales movie, “Jonah?” Remember the scene where Jonah has been riding through the desert a long time and he doesn’t look very green anymore? He’s turned pretty white. Well, the sun can do that for your stains too. You can lay them out or even hang them up, as long as the sun hits them. I’d leave them for several hours. The fresh air also helps air out the diapers and make them smell fresher.

2.Use a little lemon juice. Spraying stains with some lemon juice and letting it “marinate” for awhile can really help clear up stains as well. I read this tip on Diaper Swappers. Just be sure to do an extra rinse to be sure it’s all out.

3.A warm pre-rinse helps pull out stains better than a cold one! I’m pretty sure I got this one from Kim, of Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper Detergent. The theory goes that your baby put that stain there while at body temperature so the warm water is more likely to remove it than the cold water, which is more likely to set it.

4.Rock a soak! Anyone who uses Rockin’ Green knows what this means. For those who don’t, it simply means that you should soak your diapers with a little detergent for awhile. It helps loosen up gunk and other funky stuff in your diapers. I like to do soaks in the bathtub since my front loader only does a 35-minute max soak. I leave mine go for 1-2 hours, sometimes longer. It really seems to help! My diapers come out whiter.

I hope these tips help get your stains out. Have some more to offer? Don’t agree with one of mine? Leave your opinion in the comments section!