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RLR – Restocked

We love the RLR treatment for Cloth Diapers. It’s pretty much one of the best options out there for stripping your diapers and doing it affordably!

Use 1/2 pack of RLR for front loading machines and 1 pack of RLR for top loading machines. Put it in the hot wash cycle along with your detergent and then rinse like crazy afterwards.

How many rinses you need to do of your cloth diapers after using RLR varies. We typically recommend at least 3, and it is often useful to peek in the washer to see if there are any bubbles. If you see bubbles, keep rinsing. The more build up, the more rinses you will need to do.

If you are looking for other ways of beating ammonia in cloth diapers, or cloth diaper detergent build up, other options for stripping cloth diapers include GroVia Mighty Bubbles and Rockin’ Green’s Funk Rock.

 

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Stripping Cloth Diapers – How to Do it!

If you read our previous blog post, you’ll have a pretty good sense of whether you have build up in your cloth diapers.

Now, it’s time to get it out! There are a few products on the market that work really well at restoring your cloth diapers to a place of great function once again.

(1) RLR.

OK, so maybe the packaging is old school. But the very fact this product doesn’t need to update its packaging and it still sells like hot cakes is a very good sign that what’s inside is pretty amazing. RLR works super well for stripping down your diapers, particularly mineral deposits as well as detergent which can happen in areas with hard water.

Use 1/2 pack of RLR for a front loading machine and a full pack for a top loading machine. Put the RLR into the machine with your cloth diapers during the hot cycle with detergent (both can go in together) and then rinse like crazy until you see no more bubbles. We usually estimate 3-5 hot rinses, but some folks will need more.

 

(2) GroVia Mighty Bubbles

GroVia Mighty Bubbles is relatively new to the market but it works great! One thing that is neat about it is the fact that not only is it great at getting at mineral deposits, it’s also really quite good at busting ammonia in your diapers. Unlike the RLR which you can toss in with detergent, GroVia finds that Mighty Bubbles tends to work best on CLEAN diapers. So for the best stripping results, use the GroVia Mighty Bubbles on a set of clean diapers. You won’t need as many rinses as with the RLR as supposedly just one hot rinse after will have your diapers in great shape again.


(3) Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer

Ammonia be gone with the Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer. The most common way that folks use Funk Rock is part of their regular wash routine. They put some Funk Rock in every pre-wash cycle as a maintenance strategy to ward off the stinkies.

 

 

Wondering what our favorites are at New & Green? We love RLR and GroVia Mighty Bubbles, so recommend trying out those two first. However, as with everything in the cloth diapering world, it all comes down to personal preference and user experience…go with that works for you and your cloth diapers!

 

Stripping Cloth Diapers – How do you know if you have build up?

shockedbabyWe often get questions about stripping cloth diapers. When should you do it? How do you know if you need to strip your diapers? These are all great questions. Let’s de-mystify the art of stripping cloth diapers for you.

In this post, we’re going to talk about how you can determine whether you have build up in you diapers. In the next post, we will address how to strip your diapers to get them in tip top shape.

How do I know if I have build up in my diapers?

(1) You may notice over time that your diapers are not performing as well as they once did. Most notably, you may find that they are leaking, or that you have to change your baby much more quickly. This may be a sign of build up in your diapers. For example, over time not all the detergent may get rinsed from your cloth diapers. Over time, as more and more detergent builds up in the fibers, it interferes with the ability of the material to absorb. Then your cloth diapers can leak. Not good! No no, no one wants a leaking diaper!

(2) You may find your diapers stink. They just might not smell as fresh as they once did. There can be different kinds of build up in the diapers. When you deal with detergent build up, your diapers just might not smell fresh when they come out of the wash. If you are dealing with ammonia build up, you will notice a strong smell after baby pees. It will almost make your eyes want to water!  Both are types of build up, and both need to be lifted from the cloth diapers.

If you are noticing either of these issues, it might be time to give your diapers a good stripping! Read our next post on how to strip your diapers to learn what to do to get your cloth diapers back in tip top shape!

Stripping (Your Diapers): When, Why, and How

happybabyIf you’ve ever hunted for information about cloth diapering, you’ve likely run across the instruction to “strip your diapers.” Some sources make this sound like a dire emergency, while other sources ignore it completely. So we thought we’d take a quick look at what stripping is and when it’s useful.

What is Stripping?

“Stripping” merely refers to an easy process that strips any lingering residues from the surface of your diapers.  Residues can build up if you use a detergent that has additives or fabric softeners, if diapers aren’t fully rinsed after each wash, or if you have hard water in your area.

Why Should I Strip? (And How Often?)

Stripping isn’t a routine maintenance sort of thing – it’s only something you need to do if your normally soft and absorbent diapers are suddenly leaking or if there’s an undesirable odor that lingers in your diapers even after they’ve been washed and dried.

So, HOW Do I Strip?

There are various methods for stripping your diapers depending on your type of machine. And obviously, regardless of method, start with non-dirty diapers or you’ll have a whole new set of problems to deal with!

HOT water with no detergent (top-loader): Wash your diapers in the longest cycle your machine will allow using the HOT wash cycle and either HOT or WARM rinse. Lift the lid every once in a while to check for soap bubbles –  you need to rinse until you no longer see soap bubbles or a film on top of the water during the rinse, which may take as many as 3-4 rinses. But once the soap bubbles no longer appear, your diapers are fresh and fully stripped!

Rock-a-Soak (top-loader & HE): This is a super-super-effective way to get rid of lingering funk and residues. In a top-loader, fill the tub with hot water, add 3-4 tablespoons of Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer, toss in your diapers, and let them sit for an hour or so. After the soak, run them through a hot wash and rinse cycle 2-3 times.

In a front-loader, add your diapers to the basket and put 3-4 tablespoons of Funk Rock in the detergent area of the detergent drawer. Start a quick wash cycle and hit “stop” or “pause” as soon as you notice that the Funk Rock has been washed into the basket and the water has been added in the cycle. Let this sit for an hour or so, then start a long, hot wash and rinse without adding anything else. You will likely need to wash and rinse 2-3 times.

Vinegar (top-loader & HE): You can also add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of vinegar to one of the rinse cycles. This is a gentle way to neutralize the acids and odors lingering on your diapers and it will help lift away the residues. You can add this via the detergent drawer or if you have a Downy ball, just place the vinegar inside and toss it in on top of the diapers.

Dawn dishwashing liquid (top-loader only): In a top-loader, you may also add one squirt of Original Dawn dishwashing liquid to the wash cycle. Dawn has been formulated as a degreaser, so it does very well in lifting off oily residues. (If your child has recently discovered Vaseline or petroleum-based diaper creams and smeared them all over his or her diapers, Dawn is also a very effective way to deal with that laundry issue!) Dawn creates lots of suds, however, so if you want to use this method with a front-loader, you’ll need to scrub the diapers with Dawn by hand and rinse them out before putting them into the washer. As with all the other methods, once the diapers are in the machine, wash on hot and – you guessed it – rinse, rinse, rinse.

So, as you can see, stripping your diapers doesn’t take much more effort than a regular load of laundry and doesn’t need to happen often. The best way to prevent needing to strip in the first place is just to make sure you’re using a long rinse in your normal wash routine or by occasionally adding a second rinse to your routine.

Happy diapering!

Photo Credit – iandeth