On more than one occasion, I’ve posted about the stinky baby issues that arise with Norton. Norton himself is not a stinky baby, but he does have this wonderful gift for causing stench. I’ve blogged about stinky diaper pail issues and ammonia stink. The good news is that I’ve found a product that helps with reducing the stinky cloth diapers issue.
Okay, so his diaper still stink when I put them in the washing machine. Considering the fact that his urine smells strongly of ammonia right now, even when he uses his potty, there’s not much that I can do about that beyond try to cover it up. Rockin Green detergent now makes a product called Shake It Up! that you sprinkle into the pail to keep the stinky diaper pail at bay. It helps, but it doesn’t completely vanquish the issue.
However, the problem that I was starting to have again (even after strips and rocking a soak) was that the diapers were smelling a little, um, not brand new fresh when I pulled them out of the dryer. I suspect that the fact that I have slightly hard water and Norton has exceptionally potent pee make a wonderful combination. I can handle stinky cloth diapers when it’s time to do wash cloth diapers, but I cannot handle stinky cloth diapers when they are supposed to be clean.
Rockin Green detergent has recently come out with their Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer. I have to say, it helps. What you do is use two tablespoons of the Funk Rock in the rinse cycle that you run before you actually wash your cloth diapers. The first time that I washed Norton’s cloth diapers with the Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer and followed up with Rockin Green detergent (Hard Rock formula), the diapers came out of the washing machine smelling absolutely brand new fresh and divine. They came out of the dryer, still complete with that nice diaper smell. The second time I used it, it worked just as well.
I’m about half way through my first package of Funk Rock, and I’m already thinking that I should order more. I’d hate to run out, particularly since it’s helping so much. I remember that when I first started using cloth diapers, I struggled with a lot of things. Washing, choosing the right type of diaper, and so forth. But now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’m a pro, but I’d definitely say that I no longer have any form of cloth diapering issues. Now all that I have are cloth diapering solutions.
Have you ever battled stinky cloth diapers? What worked for you?
Originally written December 6, 2010. At this point, I absolutely do consider myself to be a cloth diapering pro. Back then, though, I thought that “cloth diapers shouldn’t stink and stinky cloth diapers are a problem” included when they’d been sitting in a diaper pail. I thought wrong. I do, however, still use Rockin Green detergent religiously, and the Funk Rock is a consistent part of my cloth diaper laundry routine. I no longer use two tablespoons per pre-wash cycle; one tablespoon is sufficient.