Published on July 14th, 2013 | by Brittney French2
Cloth 201: Stripping Your Cloth Diapers
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:
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-332-2243. We're always glad to help you.