CLR is NOT for Cloth Diaper Stripping!

Sometimes, moms can figure out some pretty amazing ways to resolve issues with their cloth diapers.  After all, that’s why there are so many different methods for cloth diaper stripping.  Other times?  I see something come up that I just can’t get on board with using.  The first time that I’d heard of CLR for cloth diaper stripping was over the weekend.

The story came to me as this: a mom new to cloth diapering was advised to use RLR.  She thought it was a typo since she’d never heard of that stuff.  She thought that it had to have meant CLR.  So she used CLR on her stash.  It was disastrous.  My local cloth diaper community was talking about it and just couldn’t believe it.  And then it got even worse when we’d Googled and found that this was actually a thing.

Stripping Cloth Diapers with CLR (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

It turns out that Kate Shabanov had actually advocated for the use of this on BabyCenter.

If you don’t want to get RLR, OP, you can always wash all your fibers with a half cup of CLR (yes, the same stuff you use on your shower heads), rinse and wash with nothing, and then wash again with a half cup of bleach.  However, do not put your PUL or TPU covers/pocket shells into the CLR wash, as it will damage them.

Make sure you do the CLR and bleach wash seperate, (sic) and make double-sure you rinse all the bleach out; the acids in CLR could interact with the bleach and create chlorine gas, which has the potential to be toxic.  Rinse rinse rinse!

Okay, the good news is that she said not to put PUL or TPU in.  And that she pointed out potential toxicity of chlorine gas.  But I maintain that if something is potentially damaging to your diaper shells, it’s not something that I want used on things that touch my baby’s skin, either.  I thought it was another crackpot theory up there with using Cascade until I looked around and thought about it more.

As much as I was willing to blame Kate for this awful advice, upon further research, I found that I could not in good conscience lay the blame at her feet.  Not when this is being recommended by cloth diaper related companies that we should be able to trust.

CLR is for Mineral Deposit Build Up

When you think about what CLR is for, it kind of makes sense that people would consider using it on their diapers.  After all, it stands for “calcium, lime, and rust.”  Those are some of the things that are in hard water that can reduce efficacy of your diapers.  After all, Charlie’s Soap even says that it’s okay.

…we are glad to assist individuals in those areas with special needs to get the most satisfaction out of using our products by providing information on special procedures that may be necessary in those most difficult hard water areas. For instance, adding a small bit of CLR® (the soap scum and rust cleaner) to your wash on occasion will dissolve these built up residues.

Mother-Ease also says it’s okay to use.

Stage 2: Removing Minerals:  There are a few options for removing minerals.  You can use off the shelf demineralizers like CLR, or simpler solutions like vinegar (acetic acid) or lemon juice (citric acid) .  In either case you’re adding a slight acid to dissolve minerals.  1 cup of CLR mixed with a 1/2 load wash OR laundry sink will work.  If using vinegar or citric acid, you’ll need 4-8 cups per load.  Let your diaper soak in this solution for an hour, then send them for another detergent free wash cycle, again doubling the rinse at the end.

Even with all that, though… there are better reasons not to use it.

CLR is NOT for Use on Textiles

CLR’s FAQ page actually says explicitly not to use CLR on clothing.  When the company that makes it typically markets their product is being good for cleaning all kinds of caked up grossness says “do not do this,” it’s probably a good idea not to.

Then, of course, there’s the MSDS.  Whenever you want to know more about a product’s ingredients and safety, the Material Safety Data Sheet is pretty much the holy grail.

Under “potential health effects,” the sheet lists skin irritation with “prolonged contact” potentially causing dermatitis and itching.  I’d say that wearing a CLR treated fabric against one’s genitals for a couple of hours at a time would classify as “prolonged contact.”

Then there is this simple picture:

rlr-corrosive

Call me crazy, but I really don’t feel good about soaking my child’s diapers in something with the corrosive WHMIS warning on it.

If the WHMIS warnings, the MSDS, and the manufacturer’s warnings are not enough, maybe this bit of anecdotal feedback will help.

CLR, Cloth Diaper Stripping, and Bad Results

There is so much ridiculous misinformation about cloth diaper laundering right now. I strip a lot of diapers, and I mean thousands, and in almost every case its because of something they were told to use that should be no where near a cloth diaper, let alone a babes delicate skin. This CLR situation was far and away the worst case I have seen. When I put the diapers in my machine to flush them, the second the water hit them the vapours gassed out and I almost choked. I have had ammonia vapours before, but this was something much worse. I am on rinse and hot wash 10 and the smell is still there. Never mind the fact that her entire stash is likely a write off, but her baby was terribly injured, and mom is so horribly embarrassed she didn’t even want to come to me for fear of reproach. And before you make comments about her using common sense etc. remember that this was the advice given by one of the oldest and most reputable manufacturers in the Industry. She is new to cloth and assumed they were giving responsible advice. – Rachel, Niagara Diaper Service

I also do a ton of cloth diaper stripping for local ladies and for Cloth for a Cause.  Sometimes, diapers can be salvaged.  When something that toxic is used, sometimes there’s absolutely nothing that can be done to save those diapers.  Consider what’s in the products that you are advised to use, regardless of who suggests it.  (Yes, that even goes for what I suggest.  I encourage people to question the answers and do their own research.)

At the end of the day, it comes down to this: it’s your child, it’s your diapers, it’s your decision.  It’s entirely up to you to determine the best course of action.  However, keep in mind that this is a product designed to work on metals and hard, non-porous surfaces.  Your diapers are none of those things and this is not a method that is considered safe or approved by most cloth diaper manufacturers.

Have you ever treated your diapers with CLR?  How did it work for you?

Sources:

1.) Shabanov, Kate. “How to Deep Clean Diapers for New Baby.” BabyCenter. N.p., 06 Feb. 2013. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. <http://community.babycenter.com/post/a39797842/how_to_deep_clean_diapers_for_new_baby>. Katie Havoc is a Kate Shabanov screen name.

2.) “Charlie’s Soap FAQs.” Charlie’s Soap FAQs. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. <http://www.refreshinglyfree.com/Charlies-Soap-FAQs>.

3.) Froese, Erika. ” Cloth Diaper Washing 101.” Cloth Diaper Washing 101. Mother-Ease, 26 Sept. 2012. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. <http://www.mother-ease.com/MEZForum/Cloth-diaper-washing-101-m1550.aspx>.

4.) “Frequently Asked Questions.” Jelmar | We Clean More than You Think. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. <http://www.jelmar.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/002631.2.3011547226490138457>.

5.) “JELMAR MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET CLR CALCIUM LIME & RUST REMOVER ENHANCED FORMULA.” The Micro / Nano Fabrication Center at the University of Arizona. University of Arizona, n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2014. <http://mfc.engr.arizona.edu/safety/MSDS%20FOLDER/CLR_Cleaner.pdf>.

6.) Niagara Diaper Service, Rachel. “Personal Correspondence.” Message to the author. 3 Mar. 2014. Facebook.

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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.

Comments

  1. Anastasia says:

    (I can’t look)

  2. Suzi,

    Great post! If things were that bad, I would seriously consider chlorine bleach over something like CLR. There’s lots of options out there including things like Calgon and other liquid water softeners.

    • Exactly! Now I guess it’s time for a “how to treat mineral build up without using really bad nasty chemicals” post. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  3. RLR is different, right? RLR is great for mineral build up in cloth, or so I hear. I’ve never had issues with RLR. I’ve never heard of CLR being used on clothing and that really DOES sound horrible! I’m going to second the use of bleach if diapers get really bad. And if it’s mineral build up RLR is the way to go (or so I hear).
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    • Oh, how I hate bleach. I don’t even have it in my home. Too many respiratory issues and I don’t care for the environmental impact. But, yeah, RLR is totally different than CLR. RLR = powder that is 100% pure sodium carbonate according to the product MSDS.

  4. Ah I see now where this was a misunderstanding. Kate ruined everything, didn’t she? (I used common sense… but I’m still bitter.)
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    • Oh, I’m pretty sure the “feud” that Kate and I had was fairly well-known. (Or at least, based on the amount of messages that I got sent to me about what she’d been saying now…) But this one I can’t blame on Kate. Not this. Not when at least two manufacturers recommended it in their FAQs or their product message board.

  5. So I’m new to all this so, what is RLR?

    • RLR is a laundry treatment. It’s sodium carbonate (100% pure washing soda) and works quite well at removing mineral deposits from hard water… without being a corrosive.

  6. Oh my gracious! Poor Momma was probably so sleep deprived she didn’t realize what a horrible mistake she was about to make. 🙁
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  7. Darwinism at its best. I would not think of using such a harsh chemical around infants!
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  8. First off CLR eats at my fingers, nails, and effects my breathing when I use it. There is no way in HELL I would put that on my baby’s bum. OMG!
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  9. Wow, I never would have thought to try this. No way!
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  10. Great info and very thorough post! Thank you!
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  11. Oh my…Again, I can’t believe some of the stuff you find on cloth diapering. I would never even dream of using CLR because it’s chemicals. I hate to admit it, but we do occasionally use a little bleach, and I’m not even comfortable with that.

  12. What two manufactorers are recommending CLR?

  13. Posted too soon. Found them 😉

  14. I think the most important thing here is to remember that all products intended for stripping of minerals (at least all I have heard that actually work well) are acid based and all can be dangerous. CLR is Lactic Acid, RLR is Carbonic Acid, Vinegar is Acetic Acid and Lemon Juice is Citric Acid. All of these must be thoroughly washed/rinsed before they get near your baby.

    • Actually, I think the important thing to remember is that manufacturers have instructions for a reason. WHMIS symbols exist for a reason. Those reasons are to protect consumers (and, by extension, their possessions and their children) from harm and those manufacturers from liabilty.

      I actually use salts to strip. And hydrogen peroxide to disinfect.

  15. Sorry, correction to my above post, RLR’s base ingredient is Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate) which when mixed with water creates a whole series of reactions (including but not limited to Carbonic Acid) and typically a slightly alkaline pH depending on the water.

  16. I’m not going to argue for or against the use of Lactic Acid for demineralization here, but I think we need to make sure we are comparing apples to apples and make sure people understand the dangers of any stripping process and how those dangers are different specifically for CLR.

    For instance, you (and many others) seem to have good results with RLR, which as you say is pure Sodium Carbonate. Make no mistake, it is still a concentrated chemical, which, in its pure, concentrated form, is still dangerous (see links below from national institute of health in the US and a well researched article from Livestrong). One could be forgiven for being hesitant to use it after reading that it is recommended to wear gloves when handling because it is corrosive. However, as you know, when highly diluted in a washing machine and properly rinsed it is considered pretty much completely non-toxic. So assuming it works it makes sense to use.

    So what about good old natural vinegar? If you poured vinegar on your diapers and did not properly rinse them it would also be dangerous to your baby and would certainly cause at minimum a rash. The point I am trying to make is that these are all chemical with potential hazards. Simply because Lactic acid, in its concentrated form (i.e. CLR), is more dangerous then diluted Acetic acid (i.e. vinegar) does not mean it is more dangerous when used at high dilution, such as in a washing machine (it also doesn’t mean it is not!, in fact technically volume for volume lactic acid has about double the K value which roughly correlates to 2x the strength, so it has to be diluted further then acetic acid ). I’m guessing if you could buy lactic acid in lower concentrations (similar to vinegar) then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I believe your main concern is the concentration, not the actual ingredient. On that front I believe the likelihood of an accident is much higher when working with more concentrated chemicals, so from that perspective CLR is inherently more dangerous than the alternatives. For example if you accidentally misread the instructions and put more CLR in the consequences are much higher than with say RLR.

    …and most importantly any stripping chemical used improperly can be dangerous (or at least an irritant to baby skin), so everyone please treat all laundry treatments with respect and rinse rinse rinse. And for gosh sakes, if you don’t know or are unsure there are plenty of places out there that will professionally strip for you.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002486.htm
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/218440-what-are-the-dangers-of-sodium-carbonate/

    • My main concerns go beyond the use of lactic acid in and of itself. It’s about the irresponsibility of businesses (such as yours) recommending the use of products that are not considered appropriate in the manner you recommend. Parents are SUPPOSED to be able to count on the businesses who sell the products that they use to help them use them effectively, particularly in the niche markets like cloth diapers. Businesses who recommend caustic chemicals that are not intended to be used in the manner suggested are falling far short of that expectation.

  17. Oh my goodness! I can not believe people would do this. Definitely not cloth safe. But then there are people who were saying to use other things like dishwasher detergent on diapers too. . . . . Crazy.
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  18. I have been reading these posts from the sidelines. I don’t usually comment but I feel I must.
    When it comes to cloth diapering (which includes stripping/cleaning) or really anything to do with raising our children, we, as parents, must make our own decisions. There is so much information out there, it is OUR responsibility to educate ourselves so that we can make informed choices that are right for us. We are allowed to have differing opinions. I applaud Bumz on the Go for providing me with all of information about the risks and benefits of differing stripping methods. Bumz stresses that you must dilute any chemicals used and be sure to rinse thoroughly and completely and if you are not sure if you have rinsed enough – do it again. Not sure what method is right for you and your baby? Do a test on a couple of your worst diapers (they are probably no good anyways with all that build-up, right?). Did it strip ok? How did it affect your child? We ‘spot’ test each time we try a new baby food, or anything that goes on or in our baby’s body – diapers cleaning products should be no different. Thank you Bumz for giving me a starting point for options on how to get rid of all yucky stuff that has built up on my diapers.

    • Unfortunately, I don’t agree that they DID give the potential downsides.

      This isn’t an ideological disagreement about breastfeeding vs. formula feeding. It’s about the ethics of recommending something that can cause burns. It’s about liability, whether legal or moral.

  19. I think you are unnecessarily attacking myself (and others you mention in this article) who are simply listing available options and the merits of each on a technical level.

    My point has been, and always will be, that all of these chemicals have risks and, regardless of what you use, care is needed. I do not believe it is reasonable to say that one is safe while the other is not purely based on a corrosive label on one product…that is only half the story. The reality is that none of these are ‘safe’. You have correctly noted that the MSDS for CLR lists skin irritation as a side effect, but you have also said that RLR is completely safe, I believe that is somewhat misleading. The MSDS for Sodium Carbonate lists the same warnings about skin irritation, eye contact, inhalation and ingestion (I’ve provided a link below for convenience). I would not ever say that RLR is ‘dangerous’, but it is not without its own set of risks that should be understood by everyone wanting information on stripping diapers. I hope you all understand that I am not specifically advocating the use of CLR, I am trying to raise awareness of the risks of all stripping products.

    I’ve also been very careful to note that CLR has higher risks of misuse due purely to its higher concentration in the bottle compared to other products. To be fair to those that do use it and to prevent confusion amoung those looking at the alternatives the active ingredient itself is not more hazardous than others, it is the high concentration which makes it have higher risks.

    My goal (as I am sure is yours!) is to provide mothers with the information they need to make the judgment for themselves, it is not my role to decide what is best for every person or to pass judgment onto others. If I ever come across well founded information that shows that Lactic acid in low concentrations is more harmful to babies or textiles than the alternatives I would definitely shout it from the mountains.

    http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927263

    • Please show me where I have said that RLR is “completely safe.” If I have said that, I will absolutely change my wording.

      I’m sorry, but it’s just plain unethical to suggest a caustic chemical (complete with WHMIS signs!) on the front of the bottle. It’s just plain unethical to tell mothers who trust you to use a product that states explicitly that it should NOT be used on textiles. I don’t care WHO is doing the suggesting. Whomever is doing so is behaving in an unethical manner. You are doing this, therefore, it stands to reason that you are behaving in an unethical manner.

      I’m very, very confused. You seem to feel that parents don’t trust companies. You are the face of a company (even if it is a small, locally based one as opposed to an international conglomerate). That suggests that you don’t feel that parents should trust you. Does that mean that you feel that you don’t need to be responsible with the advice that you give because you are not to be trusted anyway? Or, better still, if you (as a company) are not to be trusted, then why do you bother giving advice?

      I am straight up, legit confused with this.

  20. The important thing here is id happily stick my kids hand in a bucket of full strength vinegar. Id probably lose my head if he even touched the bottle of CLR.

  21. GAIN laundry detergent, in my household, isnt even safe. My husband gets severe eczema from it. RLR is washing soda. Its pretty tame stuff. Theres no need to create an argument over “whose idea is safer” other than CLR is just really really stupid because the label says Corrosive. And the manufacturer says do not use on textiles.

  22. If even one child was harmed by the use of CLR on cloth diapers, that is too many.

  23. Jennifer C says:

    The manufacturers of CLR say very clearly that it should not be used on textiles. The companies that suggest using CLR without proper research or trials to support it are being negligent. If you are going to suggest the use of something against the manufacturers recommendations you need to have actual proven results as to why you are suggesting that.

    You said “For instance, you (and many others) seem to have good results with RLR, which as you say is pure Sodium Carbonate.” – Actually the company that makes RLR says it’s pure Sodium Carbonate.

    You said about RLR “Make no mistake, it is still a concentrated chemical, which, in its pure, concentrated form, is still dangerous” – Yes it is still a concentrated chemical which is MADE for cleaning textiles.
    AND “One could be forgiven for being hesitant to use it after reading that it is recommended to wear gloves when handling because it is corrosive.” – Sure, but it is MADE to be used for cleaning textiles. Bleach is a concentrated chemical which can be corrosive, but it is used for textiles and MADE to be used with textiles.

    You said “I believe your main concern is the concentration, not the actual ingredient.” – I’m pretty sure the main concern is that people are using a product for cleaning their diapers which is not made to be used on textiles, which can lead to damage of diapers.

    You said “For example if you accidentally misread the instructions and put more CLR in the consequences are much higher than with say RLR.” – Where are these instructions for using CLR on diapers? I mean CLR directions, not cloth diaper manufacturer directions. Oh wait….there aren’t any!

  24. Anastacia says:

    I think Jennifer C hit the nail on the head: the manufacturer advises against using CLR on textiles. Bumz On the Go, I’m not sure why the efficacy or safety of vinegar or RLR are relevant to this discussion. Whether or not they become dangerous when used at a certain concentration etc. has nothing to do with the efficacy and safety of CLR. If the manufacturer advises against its use on textiles, it stands to reason that we should probably avoid using it on textiles. Also, as a business, I wonder if you are comfortable taking on the legal liability involved with recommending this product for off-label use?

  25. Unfortunately I think this is way past being constructive so I hesitate to post at all, other than to make sure my position is clear. My primary reason for starting this business is education and although engaging in discussions such as this is difficult (for me! much easier for those who are quick to judge) I believe it is important for the community. As mentioned on my facebook page I am taking this discussion very seriously and am actively updating my stripping information page and will continue to do so over the next couple of days to try to address as many of your concerns as possible and certainly welcome feedback to make sure it is relevant, factual, and uses the best information available.

    In doing so I have also been careful to note that none of these methods is ‘my’ recommendation, I am simply summarizing what processes others use and am trying to get across what the specific risks are for each method. Simply saying something is bad is not helpful to the community because someone will still try it, I am trying to provide as much information as possible so that people have a better understanding of why something can be potentially harmful and what the relative risks of each method are. Like it or not, there are many people out there that do use CLR for stripping. I would sleep better at night if they had a better understanding of what the potential risks are. More information is always better than less information.

    I 100% agree that the manufacturer of CLR does not recommend its use on textiles and that this warning is ignored at the users own risk. I would also obviously not be willing to take liability for ANY chemical used on, near, or around babies. I don’t make the products, perform their quality control, or have a science lab to test their exact efficacies. I am simply providing as much factual information as possible to help people make good decisions that suit them.

    Please understand that I consider baby’s health and safety as my main concern and am simply going about tackling the issues using a different, education based, approach. Please consider this when writing future posts about me and my business.

  26. Jessica says:

    I don’t usually comment on these things but feel I need to say something. I feel terrible for the mothers who are new to cloth diapering and see advice like this to follow. When I was new to it, I would have done any of these things thinking it was safe, because I can trust diaper companies, right? I would have been devastated when my baby got hurt because of it. I am very thankful for the rational CD community that I am a part of who would stop a Momma from doing a CLR strip because of the dangers of it. Suggesting it is endorsing it, and it is totally unethical and immoral to say “here, use this” but then say “you must have used to much, not my problem” when something goes wrong.

  27. Suzy,
    I would love to have your feed back on my most current updates to my stripping section on my website. Feel free to e-mail me personally rather than clog up your forum with this if you wish (or you can post on my facebook page). Although it’s clear from comments above that you are unlikely to agree with mention even being on my site I would appreciate your (as an important and well traveled member of our community) constructive comments on what I do have. I believe it is factual, fair and clear about the potential risks.

    I’m not looking for a fight here, I’m looking to post useful information that I can be proud of for the benefit of everyone.

  28. If you want to post something that you can be proud of, then do not suggest the possibility of using CLR or similar products to strip cloth diapers. Babies have been harmed by well intentioned mothers following advice such as that. If you must share it, than put it in a do NOT do section. It is irresponsible to suggest using it. No ‘but I don’t endorse/agree with it’ pussy footing about it.
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  29. I would have never thought to use CLR on diapers. It wouldnt make sense to me – but that is because I know it’s always used on metals … Never on clothes.

  30. Jessica McD says:

    Just when you think you have heard it all…

  31. Honestly I’ve never cloth diapered but I had to come over to this post. The idea of using CLR on something that would touch my baby’s skin…well I just wouldn’t do it. That’s the only bad thing about some how-to posts, some people don’t really know “how’to” lol
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  32. Emily P says:

    I am really at a loss of what to say. It seams so common sense that you would not use a CHEMICAL CLEANER on fabric, especially those that are for your baby. Some people, geez.

  33. What about bleach? That is also bad for our skin, but EVERYONE uses it in their laundry.

    • Uh… no, not everyone. I don’t even own bleach. I haven’t used bleach on laundry since 2004.

      Bleach is, at least, approved for textiles. We’re talking about the difference between a product that is not even remotely intended for fabric use and something that has been in use for over 100 years. (No, really, Clorox bleach came out in 1913.)

  34. I quickly read through this article and, ashamedly, it didn’t really sound like CLR was that bad. Basically the only two points you have against it are that it can cause rashes and they don’t recommend it. Pretty much every laundry soap gives me rashes and I’m pretty sure oxiclean doesn’t specifically recommend it for use as a cloth diaper detergent, but I use it every couple of washes.

    Then I read all of the comments and saw everyone attacking bumzonthego. I actually went to her website and the information she has about CLR on there scared me ‘straight’. I probably wouldn’t have used it (hopefully! eek) but you never know, but this article didn’t really scare me away. Do you think you could maybe add more information about what actually makes it dangerous just so people know? i’ve been following your blogs for a long time and usually enjoy it when you call people out, but in this case I sort of feel that bumzonthego was treated unfairly.

    • I’m not sure I don’t understand what’s not scary to you? It’s a corrosive acid that is not intended to use on textiles. I’m pretty sure the word “corrosive” doesn’t belong in anything that I use to care for products that rest against my children’s genitals.

      OxiClean is, at the very least, recommended for textiles.

  35. No matter what anyone would say to make CLR seem safe enough to use on cloth diapers I could never see myself using it. I cannot believe that there would be baby related sites out there promoting the safety of this product. That is quite scary!!!
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  36. Thanks for sharing!! Loved this post.
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  37. I can’t imagine using anything that toxic on something that goes on my baby. People take cleaning a bit too far. Harsh chemicals and babies is not a good thing. Thanks for getting this story out there.
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  38. Great info! I had no idea people would try to use this. Seems a little too harsh chemical wise…
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  39. WOW! I never cloth diapered, but even if I had, I would have really questioned myself using something like CLR to use on ANYTHING that’s going to be on my baby. Where is the common sense?
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  40. Yikes! I’m amazed that someone would try CLR on diapers!

  41. I’ve haven’t followed much of the CLR drama, but I must say that I’m quite surprised that anyone would even consider using it. I would have thought this would be common sense, but maybe I’m more sensitive to it because I come from the place of someone who had had their skin permanently damaged from chemical burns.
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  42. Lara Clinton says:

    Yikes!! This is a good reminder to look at multiple sources when trying to figure out what method you want to take with anything that touches your babies’ skin.

  43. Yana Lyfar says:

    Didn’t even know about the bleach, wow !! thanks for helpful information.

  44. Jennifer Nutter says:

    Wow . What a read threw! Honestly i never had thought of Clr or calgon. The advice i read sometimes is interesting and confusing as to why i would use that product . Sadly when your trying to save a diaper it seems as parents just use what ever is around.. Oh look peroxide that should do the trick? Maybe a composite of ‘household items you dont want to use” ? Thank you for the break down !! 🙂

  45. Annie Olcese says:

    CLR does have tons of awesome uses, but it is abhighly toxic and dangerous chemical and I would never use it on my clothing (it is supposed to be really good for removing blood stains) and their for I would never use it on my Baby.

  46. Laurie P says:

    Yeah something with the WHMIS warning is NOT going on clothing/diapers here. Just common sense people. How some would even consider it…..mind blown.

  47. Rebecca Harden says:

    You would think that it would be common sense not to use something like CLR on anything baby related, especially their diapers!! However, apparently, not everyone thinks its that bad.

  48. Christi Bailey says:

    I am so thankful for post like this! I am new to cloth and I had now idea how or why you would need to strip them. This post really helped 🙂

  49. Barnolds Barnes says:

    What a depressing misunderstanding to have ruined all your cloth! I would’ve been super agitated with myself.

  50. Kristi Knight says:

    How do you know RLR is only washing soda? I know of lots of people who have contacted the maker of RLR and they refuse to give out any info on RLR it what is in it. So what makes you think its just washing soda?

    Kristi

    • I contacted RLR. They gave me the MSDS. It’s 100% washing soda, according to the MSDS that Cadie sent me.

  51. Melissa E says:

    Gosh, even something like Dawn can strip your diapers. And it’s much safer!

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