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Old 10-05-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Woah Nelly! So that is what ammonia smells like!

I thought we had had a little ammonia in the past. Nope, just stinky pee. Even my sitting for 4 days diapers have never smelled like that. This morning we were sitting in the dining room, DS2 still in his night diaper, and my eyes start burning, my nose hairs start burning, and I get a wiff of that smell. Took DS2 to the changing table, and his diaper just reeked of ammonia. Then the whole room started stinking. Took diaper to the sink and rinsed until no more smell. But wow, I did not realize that ammonia stink was THAT bad. DS2 was not red or irritated at all in his bottom area. Thank goodness.

So, that means my diapers weren't clean, right? I am using Tide, adding a little bleach to each load, and recently added Borax to all our laundry to get rid of some weird funky smell. Thought it was my washer since all the laundry smells a little off, but maybe Tide is no longer working? I went a couple weeks with no vinegar rinse, as everytime I went to the store, the vinegar shelf was completely bare. Just put it back in the rinse, and BAM, ammonia.

Any suggestions? We have ridiculously hard water and an LG HE machine. I run on the bulky cycle so there is more water in the tub during the wash cycle. Calgon and washing soda are not available locally. I am thinking of trying the Target F&C Clean Rinsing stuff mentioned in another thread. Any other recommendations would be appreciated though.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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I hand rinse each diaper insert in the sink before putting the diapers in my wet bag and that has eliminated the ammonia build up for us. I know its an extra step but totally worth it! Do this after you strip them of course becasue it sounds like you might need to. Good luck!
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:58 AM   #3
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How much Tide are you using? Could you add a little more to the load and do extra rinses just to make sure they're getting clean after a wash?
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:11 PM   #4
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Re: Woah Nelly! So that is what ammonia smells like!

Try the target we have hard water but addtives like calgon and borox vinager ect irritate my LO so I like using as little other stuff as possible (I do use bleach in my prewash) I'm seriously in love with the target stuff and I never thought I'd find something that cleaned better than tide.. Also while we haven't been using them a long time my DD overnight diapers smell jsut like concentrated pee nothing more and they are washing up great.

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the suggestions ladies! Appreciate it!

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I hand rinse each diaper insert in the sink before putting the diapers in my wet bag and that has eliminated the ammonia build up for us. I know its an extra step but totally worth it! Do this after you strip them of course becasue it sounds like you might need to. Good luck!
I do rinse all of DS1's night diapers and all the poopies. We have never had an issue with DS2's straight pee diapers. It is so weird! And the interesting thing, we used diapers from the same load all day yesterday with no problems. Will be interesting to see if we have the problem again tomorrow morning.

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How much Tide are you using? Could you add a little more to the load and do extra rinses just to make sure they're getting clean after a wash?
I don't think it is physically possible to get more Tide in the detergent dispenser. And I do 3 rinses (should be enough, right?). I do my main cycle with an extra rinse, and since diapers wash at night then sit in the washer all night, I usually do a rinse in the AM before tossing them in the dryer. If I don't they have a slightly funky wet stuff sitting in a sealed container smell, since the washer seals so completely.

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Try the target we have hard water but addtives like calgon and borox vinager ect irritate my LO so I like using as little other stuff as possible (I do use bleach in my prewash) I'm seriously in love with the target stuff and I never thought I'd find something that cleaned better than tide.. Also while we haven't been using them a long time my DD overnight diapers smell jsut like concentrated pee nothing more and they are washing up great.
Yep, your thread got me curious to try the Target stuff. Think I may walk over in a bit since it is across the street from the office to see if they have any.
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Try the target we have hard water but addtives like calgon and borox vinager ect irritate my LO so I like using as little other stuff as possible (I do use bleach in my prewash) I'm seriously in love with the target stuff and I never thought I'd find something that cleaned better than tide.. Also while we haven't been using them a long time my DD overnight diapers smell jsut like concentrated pee nothing more and they are washing up great.

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What Target stuff?? Did I sleep through a good post!? TIA
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Deanna,
What Target stuff?? Did I sleep through a good post!? TIA
Here it is, great thread!

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...light=pristine

And diapers came out of the dryer last night when I got home from work and smell FAN.TAS.TIC!!!!!
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Re: Woah Nelly! So that is what ammonia smells like!

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Here it is, great thread!

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...light=pristine

And diapers came out of the dryer last night when I got home from work and smell FAN.TAS.TIC!!!!!
who hoo! I'm still loveing the stuff too, sometimes I get soem light staining if the diaper was pretty icky to start with. Like when she gets those dark sticky tar like diapers We had one in the last bath it came out smelling great and way cleaner but not totally stain free its sunning right now and it was the ONLY thing that showed some staining, however more imprtant and the msot important thing for me is my DD skin has been WONDERFUL even the few times a messy diaper has gone unchecked we have almost no redness and nothign a bit of baby powder and a new diaper wouldn't cure..
My old tide made the diapers brighter now that Ive used this a while I do see a little difference in that regard but they are smelling fantastic, stains are virtually non existant and DD skin is amazingly clear. Its doing a great job on our other clothes, I do notice if its a heavy dirt/mud soiled load I do need to boost the detergent, so I'm adding some borox in with DH clothes (gardening) ans sometiems towels if the girls have dragged any outdoors. Its great though on all the general toddler spills takes out chocolate milk great something tide was jsut so so on. and that is an every hour on the hour stain these days.
I'ma almsot out so I hope to get more tommorow I'll serious cry if they are out..
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #9
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Re: Woah Nelly! So that is what ammonia smells like!

ack! little scared as this is my very first post- and I may be too late to this party. When we have ammonia issues, I tried all kinds of tricks-- couldn't get most of the standard things to work. I think the harder the water, the more problems the vinegar causes. I, too, have an HE (wish I didn't). Our water is not too hard, but vinegar caused more problems- those dipes really stank. I do have access to washing soda at our regular grocery store (as no one else has ever heard of it! I asked.) I tried a lot of new/other detergents and it got worse. The more I did, the worse it got.

My final somewhat solution was the most basic- do warm rinses and make sure those dipes didn't sit for more than 3 days. I do a heavy duty (I guess like the new bulky setting) for washing and another HD cycle for rinsing with washing soda. We have an older machine so DH took it apart and set the water level higher. I'd say to try warm water rinses and use less detergent (if you tried more) because I know I've had trouble getting detergent out with those HD machines.

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Re: Woah Nelly! So that is what ammonia smells like!

I use a full scoop of Tide HE powder along with a small scoop of Sun Oxygen cleaner, do a heavy hot wash, followed by another heavy hot wash, and my diapers always come out smelling wonderfully. Make sure your hot water heater is set high enough. I also really recommend powder detergent. I'm not sure if you are using liquid or powder. Powder detergents clean better.
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