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Stripping and Sanitizing Cloth Diapers

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Darcy Osheim

on 17 October 2014

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Stripping and Sanitizing Cloth Diapers
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How to RLR strip cloth
Fill your top-loader or bathtub 1/2 full of HOT water, and stir in 3 packs RLR mix, or your DIY mix. Add your diapers in, leaving sufficient room for the diapers to move some when you stir them (don't over-stuff the tub.)
You can order through Kelly's closet, Diaper Junction or on Amazon.com.

If you don't want to wait for RLR to be delivered, you can make your own version.
RLR is a laundry treatment that loosens minerals in fabric that hold onto urine, fecal matter and other grime.
For a 1/2 bath or old school top loader, use 3 packets or 3 balls
For a 1/2 bath or old school top loader, use 3 tablespoons each of Borax, Calgon and washing soda, totaling 9 tablespoons*.
*If you are unable to get all 3 ingredients, you can mix 1/4 cup of two of the three ingredients; OR 1/2 cup of a single ingredient. Note: the more ingredients you can lay your hands on and use, the more broad spectrum the types minerals it will remove
Soak all your diapers, covers, etc. in the water until it cools (typically 4-5 hours or overnight)*. Stir the water occasionally to help get the grime out. Many choose to soak overnight because it takes so long for the water to cool. When water is cool, rinse everything out once with any temperature water.

* The water may change color and get murky and gross, that's typical. If the water does not change color, it does not mean you’ve done something wrong. There are many gross things in the world that we cannot see.
Non HE top loader

Small- 1/3 cup
Medium- 1/2 cup
Large/XL- 3/4 cup
HE top loader
Small- 1/4 cup
Medium- 1/3 cup
Large- 1/2 cup

Bleach soak
Start with CLEAN cloth diapers, using disinfecting bleach* with at least 5.25% sodium hypochlorite as the active ingredient.
Because mineral strips bring impurities and trapped bacteria to the surface of the diaper, we suggest you follow this mineral strip with a 30 minute cold bleach soak. This reduces the risk of irritation of the baby’s skin.
*Splash-less and scented bleaches DO NOT work for disinfecting
Use the following dilutions for bleach according to the load size.
Use the following dilutions for bleach according to the load size.
1/2 full- 1/2 cup
3/4 full- 3/4cup- 1cup

* Measure from the top of the tub, regardless of where the overflow is
Use the following dilutions for bleach according to the load size.
* You cannot soak in an hE Front-loader, you must use the bathtub or another container.
* Be sure that your bleach has disinfecting instructions on the bottle and says, “kills flu virus” and that it’s less than 9 months old. Bleach does expire!
After bleaching, rinse* with HOT water, and follow with a HOT wash with detergent to completely break down the bleach.
* When rinsing, a rinse cycle in some Front-load washers will not always immediately deactivate the bleach. If you are worried about a special diaper fading, please make sure you rinse carefully by hand in the bathtub or sink.
While bleaching is scary, when properly diluted and rinsed, it effectively sanitizes diapers and keeps them looking beautiful.
Iron hard water
Use 1 cup of Borax and 4 cups of peroxide and soak in that. It isn’t as good as bleach, but it’s the best alternative.

To test to see if you have iron hard water, put a drop of bleach in the water and if the water changes color, don’t use bleach. It will dye your diapers orange.
****If you have IRON hard water, do NOT use bleach.****
Sometimes, multiple washes are necessary following a bleach soak. You may possibly experience a short-term decrease in absorbency or the diapers or skin irritation due to all of the impurities the bleach brings to the surface.
Several good washes (average 2-4) with a proper detergent should fix any issues.
Good Wash Routine
The basic wash routine should follow these steps.
Step 1:
Step 2:
Pre-wash/rinse diapers to get off urine and fecal matter
Main wash on a heavy duty cycle with the recommended amount of
detergent for a heavily soiled load. No need for extra rinses unless the diapers feel slimy.
* note: If you are using a Free and Clear detergent or plant based detergent, use 1.5-2x the recommended amount for a heavily soiled load.
Step 3:
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