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I'm wondering if every now and then you could put a couple of drops of, say, lavender, essential oil in the wash. Not every time, but sometimes? I have heard of people adding Tea Tree Oil, but I personally have not tried it. Let me know if you find anything out!

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I second the Charlies! I have had awesome results with it. My hubby and kids all have sensitive skin that gets super itchy with detergents.

So, I have a question not exactly CD related: Any way to add a little pleasant scent to the wash? I don't have any odors or anything that need covered up, but I think my kids like the smell of 'Nana's' clothes, even if they get itchy after a few days. (she uses fabric softener).

We use Charlies for all our laundry, including the diapers. I've never had to strip them since switching to solely that. (We buy by the bucketful.)

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I am sorry mama.. I have no clue about that stuff.. we have hard water but use a water softener and that is when I run into problems.. when DS#2 unplugs it or it is out of salt. I have learned you have to play with the amount of detergent though... just enough to get the smell out and not too much that it comes out! I know we use a tablespoon... lol.. WHEN I have salt that is! We couldn't use Charlies.. but as soon as I get my washing soda I am going to make my own!

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I did notice that my clothes have a smell (okay not smell just a scent I suppose). Not a bad one but considering I don't use anything with fragrance they shouldn't have any smell to them. Right? I have thought about getting Calgon to put in with the soap to help soften the water but didn't know for sure what kind of chemicals and junk were in that. I have thought about cutting down on the Charlies and seeing if maybe I was using too much. Hmmm. This just really bothers me if you couldn't tell :)
I would like to get this all straightened out soon because I am going to start using mama cloths whenever aunt flo decides to come back and I don't need funk issues with that!

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yeah, I understand... we are in the same boat there.. I spoke too soon! Had that funky smell yesterday.. sigh

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I use one scoop of Charlies soap for one days worth of dipes. They usually only fills the washer about 1/3 the way but I use the super water setting because I was told to make sure to use plenty of water. I also use a scoop of Sun Oxygen and some white vinegar. I have flat diapers so they are "suppose" to rinse out better but I have been having to do 2 rinses after the soap. But I'm sure it doesn't help he is eating solids so that is funking it up some. :)

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I so hear ya! However, it is warm enough but they just won't stay on the line with this wind.. lol.. and there is not much worse than running down the road after a diaper! What kind of soap are you using? How much? Smells can be caused from too much soap also not enough soap.. what kind of diapers do you use? Glad the bleach worked for you but next time just remember, there are ways! HUGS!

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I tried to use some boiling water with them but I finally resorted to a little bleach. That did the trick. They smell clean now. I don't know what it is but they just have an off smell to them. I even tried the simple green and they still smelled off. Of course my hubby says he couldn't smell anything.
I can't wait for it to warm up so I can line dry again.

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I personally don't think you can over do it mama.. I have dumped it in.. usually 1/2 cup though

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We've talked before about using a Downy ball filled with vinegar in the rinse cycle so I finally picked on up. But I'm not sure if I fill it to the fill line only for fill it all the way up. How much vinegar do you use?

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emoticon not a problem mama.. it must be that time of year or something.. lol.. MRS.MAAM had asked about it, I just did it, and you are needing too.. too funny!

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Lisa, it kills me that I entirely missed this. I thought that the email issue had been fixed but apparently not.
It's funny that you were talking about this right when I was thinking about it.
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well, how often depends on your soap, routine and water really.. if they start to get stinky, or don't absorb as much as they use to, or you had dh or ds#2 help and they put too much soap and put a dryer sheet with them..lol.. if you use too much soap, don't rinse them well enough... ect.. I usually do mine, because of our yucky water, about once a month-ish, at least now that NO ONE washes but me!

Of course, the best thing to try first is take some HOT (you can boil it to make it hot) water, and wash your CLEAN diapers WITHOUT soap..
If that doesn't work, there are a couple ways that work for me.. first one is the old dawn dish soap! Take CLEAN diapers and wash them with a couple squirts of dawn in HOT water (our hot isn't that hot so I boil some pots and add it) then rinse, rinse, rinse until there are no bubbles!
The new way I have been doing it, is to use a couple squirts of simple green and HOT water.. then rinse, rinse, rinse!

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How often do you need to strip them and how do you do it?

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Yes, mine don't smell AS fresh as they did line drying but then again, nothing does! They don't smell bad, just not as fresh. How long has it been since you stripped them?

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I use flats with a fleece liner in thirstie covers. We are 100% CD. I used disposables for the 1st month because of his cord. The covers I had just were too high of a rise and kept bumping it. It freaked me out so we use disposable until it fell off. I had some left so I used those at nights until we ran out.
I use Charlie's to wash with and Sun oxygen cleaner. I also use vinegar for a rinse. I just put some in the softner dispenser thats built in to my washer. I was line drying but it is now in the teens here so I have been drying in the dryer.
I've added an extra rinse because they don't seem to smell as fresh as they did when I lined dryed. Anyone else have that problem?

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lol.. you know I just gotta know if it works so keep me posted!

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I add it in my downy ball to the rinse cycle.

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How much vinegar would you suggest for a full load?

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Ok, when you say a huge load.. what do you mean.. if you put in too many, they won't come clean. The less, the better. Try doing them more often and see if that helps on the mildewish problems.
It took me awhile to figure out the exact amount of detergent.. we have super super hard water (gray water) and use a soft salt water thingy.. DS#2 unplugs it.. sigh.. and I forget to plug it back in so when that happens, my diapers are a MESS!! You need to actually play with your detergent amount.. you want NO bubbles during the rinse. with ANY of your clothes but especially your CDs. We actually only use a tablespoon for our regular clothes! (for a huge load) Yes, Simple green works on colors.. it isn't bleach, it just strips (same as using dawn) Vinegar works for mildew/mold though and also doubles as a softener!
Let me know how it goes! You may have to do a good strip first and it is just trial and error!

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Hmm.. I'll have to cut back my soap and switch around a bit.. I normally use about 1/2 c.! But I do a huge load of diapers all at once...
I will look into this Simple Green for stripping diapers, I HATE using bleach on anything. Does Simple Green work on colors?

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Ok, for starters.. are you using the sun free or the regular sun? The regular sun is not recommended as it has enzymes, brighteners and scents that could be causing the problem. The sun free has brighteners, which is ok for cds but could be causing problems. The only Seventh generation that is recommended for CDs is the Delicate care. How much soap do you use? Do you use a wet or dry pail? I know the one time I put bleach (a capfull) in the wash, even though it had 3 rinses that day, Caden broke out like crazy!
Ok, I am confused with your covers...do you mean PUL? Caden can't wear PUL.. he gets a rash like no tomorrow! With you saying he has a reaction to the CD coverless, I would say it has something to do with your detergent. It took us 5 different detergents before we found one he can use. And we only use 1tsp per load! (that took forever to figure out!) How long has it been since you stripped them?
We use only bamboo prefolds, mini flats and doublers. The properties of bamboo are amazing! Same with the properties of wool! We use a dry pail and wash every other day.. I start my washer at night with cold water. Let it soak over night. with a HUGE water level. no detergent. I wake up in the morning... let it drain.. wash it on hot/cold rinse with an extra rinse with 1 teaspoon of country save detergent. and vinegar in the rinse cycle. If I use anything but wool and bamboo, Caden gets a terrible rash. I do strip using simple green about once a month to once every two months.. it depends on our water and if DS#2 unplugged the salt tank...lol.. I hope this helps!

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I'm using a variety of diapers, pre-folds, all in one's, flats, with flannel or cotton liners or without.
I use breathable covers, not wool, but not plastic either. He seems to react to any CD cover or not, liner or not. He doesn't seem to react to the Huggies Snug and Dry, but flares up a tad bit more with the Swaddlers.
We wash with sunlight, it's the only wash agent me and my son don't react to, we even had a flareup from 7th Gen.
I always double rinse, I some times pre-wash with bleach in order to remove unpleasant growth from sitting too long in the bucket.

I don't know what to do, I want to CD, my first was exclusively CD even in childcare and I wish I could do the same for my second, especially since I'm home. I just hate his bum bleeding from my persistence to use cloth and him getting rashes!

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What kind of CDs are you using?
What kind of soap are you using and how much?
What kind of covers are you using?
We have terrible sensitive skin here as well, however.. Lo couldn't handle sposies either! Answer those questions and perhaps we can help ya more

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I had to stop CDing, my son keeps getting insta-rash whenever I cloth diaper. I have no idea why. Me and my first have extremely sensitive skin to the point where we can't even wear band-aids for over an hour.

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EBF usually doesn't stain.. some milk does (like mine but bug has tummy issues.. night green mucus since birth that stains sometimes) but most doesn't.
Just toss in the washer with a cold rinse,before the wash,and it rinses away!

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I am supplementing, so he has that lovely hybrid poo. Kinda solid but not really. Kinda like spackle.

But even when he was EBF, I sprayed off the poo. Maybe that helped keep the diapies cleaner...?

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No sweetie.. don't go ebay.. they don't allow used anymore emoticon Go to diaperswappers or the diaper swap board on the Baby Center. that is IF you decide to sell them!
Kristy, I can't remember.. are you supplementing with formula? You do know that EBF poo can go right into the washer, right?

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We too use disposables at night and when we are away from the house for long periods of time. I use either seventh generation diapers or earth's best diapers. Both are green diapers and don't cause rashes on their little booties.

I started out using gerber prefolds but the plastic covers broke Jamie out. Then I figured out how to make my own diapers, so I used the prefolds for that and used fleece as the cover. I made some bigger ones for Leah since she is bigger than Jamie. I put flannel on the outside of hers but I think I might go back over them and put fleece instead. The fleece seems to keep in the moisture alot better than the flannel. A friend of mine gave me a bunch of pocket diapers, so I'm hardly even using the ones I made anymore. I might sell them on ebay or something.

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I'm all for the simplicity factor myself; that's why we use the BumGenius 3.0. Just like a disposable going on, no pins, no folding. Then to clean off any poo, we have a toilet wand thingie that just sprays it right off.

Washing is easy too. I wash once in cold with a tad of detergent (we use Seventh Generation) and then once in hot with a tad of detergent and an extra rinse cycle. Then it's into the dryer with them.

I don't have any problems with odors or lingering stains, and our system is just almost as easy as disposables. Love it!

Now, we don't travel with cloth diapers - we do revert back to disposables for that. And we use a disposable at night 'cause we're worried about leaking. So I guess he's 80-something% cloth-diapered. emoticon

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Interesting! I just never tried it as that is what mamas said.. and even though we are sooo hoping for a girl this time, with a ton of boys already, we are fighting the odds.. lol.. I am going to start with bamboo prefolds and flats again as #1, I sold my nb/sm stash, and well.. these are my favorite! (I always said if I was to do it again, which I thought Bug was our last, I would start with bamboo and wool) It took me forever to get over the fear of pins.. now, that is all we use!

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Hm, how to explain this? You do the twist not quite in the center. So their "stuff" ends up pocketed in the "V", instead of hanging over the sides of the "X". Does that make sense? You can kind of tuck it around their goodies to make sure it fits well.

It's not the most absorbent fold, but it made them fit better across his hips and shifted less when he moved. (And he has always been an on-the-go kid!!)

And yay for Caden/Cayden/Kadins! LOL Yup, I have a Cayden (2) and a Theodore/Theo (5). Lights of my life, these boys.

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lol.. no, I don't think you are crazy! I soo didn't realize you had a Cayden.. we have a Caden! And do tell me more about using your bikini twist for boys! I have heard about girls using it but boys.. umm hanging out...so, I have never tried it.. we use a modified Angel, jelly roll.. and it is working great pinned, and blow outs are once in a blue moon.. however, Hopefully next yr at this time, we will be pg.. so, I just gotta know as it would be so much more trim on a newborn!

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I'm all done with this phase of mothering. Hooray! But I'll share my story anyway.

I bought tons of flat-folds with my first son. We were broke and I was hopeful and felt like it was the right thing to do. But he was my first, and my stepson was chronically ill, and I was overwhelmed. I CD'ed him a few times as a gesture, but just never got into it.

My second son was CD'd exclusively at home, with the exception of night-time. Soakers and wraps be damned, we just kept on leaking. And I hated traveling with cloth. So I bought the "green" diapers sold at Babies "R" Us (the name escapes me now...Green Mountain, maybe?) and used those for nighttime and for travel. They took a little getting used to because they are unbleached, so well-meaning relatives would see him in this gray-brown diaper and think that it was old/soiled even if it was freshly changed!

For the CD, I mostly used the flatfolds again. I loved how customizable they were for both thickness and size--the same dipes were useful for the entire two years we used them. I preferred the "bikini twist" fold, as he was a plump baby. I used a pretty even combination of pull-on plastic covers and Fuzzibunz pocket dipes. I loved the Fuzzibunz, and as a bonus--since they go on much like a disposable, my hubby was willing to do cloth too! (If the baby was in a pinned diaper, DH would change him into a paper one because he felt "all thumbs" with the origami. Sigh.) I did finally have to give up on the Fuzzibunz AND the disposable dipes when Cayden figured out how to remove them himself! (LOL) I had a few wool soakers, and I liked them, but it seemed like every time I put one on him, he'd poop and they were not so fun to clean.

For cleaning, I kept a wet bucket upstairs, and would rinse and hang the dipes to dry out until I had enough to run a load through the machine. That kept the stink down a bit. I used a washboard (yes, I even special-ordered it, and my DH got curious questions when he went to the hardware store to pick it up!) and plain ol' Ivory soap to scrub out the stubborn stains. Dipes usually got washed with eco-friendly baby detergent. I tried Totally Toddler odor remover for a while, but it didn't seem to do much and actually created a residue that attracted stains and soaked up new odors. Blah. I usually put white vinegar in the final rinse cycle, and would "strip" the dipes about once a month.

Drying was always on the clothesline. That helped with any final odors, kept them nice and unwrinkly, and the sun bleached out the rest of the stains. In fact, now that I think about it, it was one of my eldest aunts who told me that the secret to clean, white diapers is just hot water, a good washboard, and sun, sun, sun. :)

I have to admit, I miss the meditative repetition of hand-scrubbing and line-hanging. And the look of rows and rows of clean white flatfolds flapping in the breeze. Is that weird??

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My story is in my blog..
Nothing has changed but the fact Bug is growing so fast and it will be soon to upsize! I am going to be making my own after the holidays.. and I am actually excited about it!!

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How are those CDing mamas doing? Any struggles? Any tips? What do you use? We would love to hear your story!

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