Stinky Cloth Diapers Solved #Throwback

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.

Stinky Cloth Diapers Solved (Cloth Diaper Addicts)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.

Where to buy Rockin Green products: CozyBums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada/US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Can)

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Thanks for this, I have been seeing about it a little bit but am now finally convinced to give it a try. 🙂

  2. Thankfully I have never had to deal with diaper stink. I love my Rockin’ Green detergent!

  3. I found Eco Sprout to be the best solution, with some problems here and there. I’m trying a new detergent right now and hoping for the best!

  4. I have not had to use funk rock before. The only diapers I have had problems with ammonia are night diapers. I found that using natural fibers and rinsing them out in the morning cured that problem for us.

  5. Anne Sweden says:

    I’ve also had problems with the ammonia smell, even in my flat diapers – which are natural fibers and only one layer. I’m stripping my whole stash with hot water and Dawn right now to see if that works.

    • I don’t think you’ll get much help with Dawn. Dawn is awesome for degreasing, but for ammonia, I’d suggest either Funk Rock or OxiClean. Good luck!

  6. I’ve never had major stink issues, and I’ll attribute that to complete and utter luck. I have stripped with RLR twice maybe in the three years that I’ve been diapering. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to battle the issues!

  7. I didn’t know about the other rockin green products. I pinned this for later! Baby won’t be here until Dec but I’m trying to have a bunch of resources in case I need to troubleshoot any CD problems once we get started.

  8. Whenever we have stinky issues I clean the washer, strip the diapers, maybe add in a little bit of vinegar and choose to machine dry instead of air dry. That usually gets the problem out 🙂 I never have to resort to special detergents, I just stick with Country Save.

  9. This was my one issue with cloth diapers. Otherwise I loved them!

  10. So far no stinkies for me! But I’ve only one little 9 week old bum in fluff, so I’ll give him some time (or hopefully no stinkies ever!). I do love my Rockin’ Green though 🙂

  11. I have been fortunate to only have had stinky diapers once. I was fairly new and was using too much of a liquid detergent. I washed them without detergent on hot until the water was clear of bubbles. I think it took four washes but I have been stink free ever since!

  12. Diaper stink scares me. Will washing the diapers on the same day prevent this from occurring?

  13. I’ve been CDing for four months and just recently started noticing a worsening ammonia smell. If stripping doesn’t work, I may try Funk Rock!

  14. Ashley Feit says:

    I definitely want to try this! We’ve actually switched to disposables at night because we were battling ammonia and it just became a headache. Her daytime diapers never have ammonia stink, but I was “stripping” our night diapers at least once a week. This might be super helpful when I try night diapering again.

  15. I really want to try funk rock. Currently I put a tbs of country save in my prerinse and once a week put a tbs of biokleen oxy plus in my wash to keep the stinks at bay. Once I use RnG hard rock as my detergent I would love to try their companion products.

  16. Brooke Greene Komar says:

    I, too, battled the stink. of the Barnyard variety. I did a whole bunch of research and finally settled on the idea of using TIDE (with a plan to use Funk Rock and Hard Rock combo if it didn’t work). Thankfully, TIDE worked like a CHARM and haven’t had a problem since. However, I hear TIDE recently put in some sort of crazy blue crystals and I’m not sure how I feel about that (and haven’t heard much buzz about the results on my CD blogs) so might be changing it up to RnG.

  17. Hmmm…I’m not looking forward to stink issues! good to hear what helps!

  18. I’ll have to try this. I haven’t run into the stinky diaper issue, but I’m sure I will eventually.

  19. This sounds like a great product! I wash diapers every other day, plus I pre-rinse and rinse after each use, they still get stinky!! I wonder if I could use this in my husbands laundry pile too???

  20. Michelle May Canalita says:

    I’ve only been cloth diapering my 3-week-old son for 2 weeks and have had to so a few washes by now. I’ve been having the issue of stinky diapers and I think I may try Rockin Green thanks to your article. We’ve been drying our prefolds in the dryer and then line drying them in hopes the sun will take away some stink. It’s helped a little bit but the diapers still stink a little. Thanks for the great article!


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