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Old 10-08-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Does wool hang on to ammonia?

I tried googling an answer, but I couldn't get the results I was looking for! I go back and forth with ammonia issues in my overnight diapers, which is the only time we use wool. It's not leaking and there is no smell once it dries, but when I take it off of him you can definitely smell ammonia for a while. Do I need to wash, or is it fine?

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Re: Does wool hang on to ammonia?

hmmm, is the smell coming from the wool, or from the diaper? I never had a smell problem with my wool. I wouldn't think there would be an issue unless the wool wasn't properly washed. I am no expert on the wool, but I do know it's antimicrobial, so I don't think that it would have any real bacteria issues. BUT, if it's not 100% wool, I would assume that it could absorb some of the issues.

But wool in itself wouldn't cause diapers to smell like ammonia. You may need to strip the diapers if there is an ammonia smell from the diapers.
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IME yes it can. I have had overnight covers get stnky and it was the cover not the diapers!! What is the wool cover....mine was a WCW interlock soaker? I scrubbed it with castille soap and soaked it with a bit of oxiclean then rinsed a ton. You can also put a lot of woolies in the washer to get them really clean....I would use detergent and oxiclean. After they are clean, you will want to lanolize them more heavily and frequently to keep them from absorbing stinky overnight pee.
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The smell is definitely starting in the diapers and I know I need to strip those, but since it takes a while for the smell to leave the wool, I wasn't sure if I needed to wash those as well. I just don't want to have clean diapers and put these back on and have the ammonia issue continue, kwim? They are upcycled longies but they are 100% wool.
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