There comes a time in every diapers life, where it becomes stinky & seems to be less absorbent than it should be - and this happens because of detergent build up (and other substances) within the fibres of the diaper (I find it generally only happens with microfiber inserts). The way to get rid of this general stinky nastiness is through a method called 'stripping'. There are various ways to go about 'stripping' (and no, none include a pole) - but my personal favourite is just putting the inserts through a decent hot wash & hot rinses, until no more detergent bubbles appear in the water. I also add white vinegar for the last rinse, because white vinegar is magic - it helps neutralise the uric acid (which leaves the body via the urine) & the detergent residue, while at the same time softening the inserts.
Stripping isn't a fast process, so I will keep updating this blog post throughout the day (with photos too!) as I work my way through stink killer that is stripping.
TO BEEEEEEE CONTINUED!
UPDATE ONE: Apparently in order to strip diapers (or do any form of washing), one needs to actually have a water supply! Seems the council have turned off our water in order to do some repairs!
UPDATE TWO: We're back in business... water is back on. So here it is, my stripping cycle...
|Step 1 - all the (clean) inserts in the washing basket, ready to be stripped|
|Step 2 - all the inserts in the washing machine, ready to be stripped|
|Step 3 - eureka! We have water! Inserts are put in a HOT wash, with no detergent|
|Step 4 - rinse cycle - lots of soap bubbles in the water coming out of the machine, keep rinsing until the water is free of soap bubbles|
|after 3 rinses there are no soap bubbles in the water, just bubbles from the water rushing out of the hose. You could quite easily finish your stripping cycle here - spin the diaper inserts as usual & then hang them out or put them in the drier|
|Step 5 - I now add 1/2-1c of white vinegar|
|Into a final (lower water level) rinse the white vinegar goes...|