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Stripping of washable diapers

by Jeffrey Scholten on April 23, 2020

When should I strip my diapers?

Do you not get the stains and unpleasant odors from the diaper, despite washing several times? Does your baby suffer from diaper rash? Do your diapers leak even if you just changed them?

If so, you are likely to be bothered by residues on your washable diaper. This is caused by hard water, fabric softeners, oils and detergents in the fibers of your diaper. This coating of gunk forms a waterproof barrier, the fibers will not be able to absorb the urine properly, causing leaking diapers and your baby may get irritated skin.

 

What is diaper stripping, and how do I do it?

Stripping means giving your diapers a really good scrub and soaking them in hot water to loosen and get rid of stubborn substances. Before you strip your washable diapers, you should wash them first. So do not strip dirty diapers!

Parts such as inserts that do not contain plastic parts can be soaked in a bucket of hot water for about 10 minutes. Do not use boiling water on diapers with snaps or Velcro connection, otherwise they may melt. Then soak the bucket overnight in a solution of washing salt or borax. This loosens the mineral deposits and gunk so that they can be washed out more easily.

The next day, rinse the diapers in the washing machine. Do not use the water-saving mode and do not add detergents. You may have to do this several times. Watch the water coming out. Is it gray and foamy? Then wash the diapers again.

After completing these steps, your washable diapers will be ready for use again.