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Published on July 14th, 2013 | by Brittney French


Cloth 201: Stripping Your Cloth Diapers

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You've been using cloth for quite some time and you suddenly start having issues with your bumGenius, Flip, or Econobum diapers.  Leaks, odor, and repelling have become part of your cloth diaper routine and you're not sure what to do.

Well, there are a few things to try, including stripping.  By stripping, we do not mean getting down and taking off all your clothes before cleaning your cloth diapers.  What stripping actually means — in the cloth diapering community — is the removal of detergent, diaper cream, or other items that may leave residue or build up in your diapers.  It's similar to stripping paint from a piece of wood furniture.

So how do you strip your cloth diapers?  For bumGenius, Flip, and Econobum products, we recommend this method:

  1. Wash once in hot water with Dawn liquid dish detergent in the original blue formula.  Use one tablespoon for regular top loaders and one teaspoon for high efficiency machines.
  2. Do two additional hot water washes with no detergent, just clear water.

If you are using other brands of cloth diapers, check with the manufacturer for specific recommendations.

There is no exact recommendation for how often you should strip your cloth diapers.  You do not want to do it every day or week.  Depending on the issues you are experiencing with your cloth diapers, stripping may be beneficial once a month or every couple months.

For more questions on this topic or personalized recommendations, email us at or call us at 1-888-332-2243.  We're always glad to help you.

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About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook page, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and cheers for her favorite sports team.

2 Responses to Cloth 201: Stripping Your Cloth Diapers

  1. Katherine says:

    I am concerned that you suggest using dish soap in a clothes washing machine. Using Dawn or other soap meant for dishwashers can damage washing machines, and in most cases will void washing machine warranties.

  2. Laura McKiness says:

    I’ve used my diapers (Flips & Bum Genius) for almost a year and just recently it seems like they are leaking out the back side. It seems like the water protective layer is breaking down. What should I do?

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