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How to Strip Cloth Diapers

You will need to strip your diapers if you have residue or diaper odor. Residue can be caused by hard water, diapers than are not cleaned or rinsed thoroughly, detergents, or from greasy products such as diaper creams or fabric softeners. You could also have soap scum if you use a non-approved soap or detergent.

Following are the instructions for diaper stripping. Strip only as needed, as it can be harsh on your diapering products.


Standard machines:

Maximum load size is 24 XS/S or 18 M/L diapers.

Starting with clean diapers:

  1. Fill machine with Hot water on the highest water level, using a heavy cycle.
  2. Add 2 Tablespoons of Dawn Classic dish soap to the wash water and agitate for about 10 seconds.
  3. Add diapers and run wash cycle, adding two extra warm rinses.
  4. If the rinse water is slimy or has any bubbles during the last
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Do you have smelly diapers?

fixing cloth diaper stink

There is nothing like a smelly problem diaper to deter moms from using cloth diapers. It can be very frustrating, but the problem is normally very easy to fix.

Even if you follow all the recommended washing tips, you still might end up with occasional stinky and less absorbent diapers due to detergent, diaper rash ointment, and/or water mineral residue.

First, you need to take a look at your detergent. What works for one person may not work for another. We recommend using a detergent that has no added softeners or fragrances. Here are Thirsties recommended detergents. Note, when using natural plant-based detergents you may need to use more detergent than you initially expect.

Here is the wash routine we recommend:

  1. Collect soiled or wet diapers in a lined DRY plastic pail.  Wet pails hold odor.
  2. Add a sprinkle of baking soda to your diapers and pail to help neutralize
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