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Old 11-21-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

Ok lately I realized that my little one smells like old fish after the diapers are peed in I haven't used any diaper creams, do I need to strip? I tried adding bleach and still no luck
If I need to strip, do I strip the outers or just the inserts? We have BG OS pockets with hemp inserts...
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

what kind of detergent are you using and how much?
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

You know....my diapers have a little fishy smell too.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:08 AM   #4
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

That's been happening to me, too, and I'm so frustrated right now. Fishy and that barnyard type smell. I mainly have cotton prefolds which are supposed to be so easy to clean and I very rarely use the CA baby rash cream that I have. I washed them last night and now they have a strong ammonia smell, too. I have a top loader HE machine (Maytag Bravos) and have been using Country Save. Apparently, that's not working for us. I use the bulky setting which seems to get the most water in there, at least during the washing phase. I'm going to try increasing detergent today, otherwise I'm going to get me some Tide powder tomorrow and hold out for some Rockin Green to try at the Black Friday sales. It's just so frustrating- sorry to totally threadjack but I hope it will help all of us figure something out. I keep reading all the washing threads but I still have issues.
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

Do you use Desitin? That has Cod Liver Oil in it and I always thought kids smelled fishy with on, even in Sposies.

Typically, fishy smell is bacteria related. You could try HOT washes with Dawn to strip - inserts and pockets. And then a dry in the sun.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:54 AM   #6
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

I use BG OS pockets with the BG microfiber inserts and I notice that they really smell... not when they first come out of the wash and they don't smell like fish, but just really strong... like you would think that she had totally saturated her diaper and clothes, etc. I'll go to change her and she'll hardly be wet. I'm thinking of stripping her diapers by doing hot wash with Rockin Green (first time to try that) and then a hot rinse followed by cold rinse. Actually, I think I'm going to boil the inserts (in my canner on the stove), but not the covers/pockets. I don't think it is the covers that are giving the stink problem. Boiling should kill any bacteria, etc.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:59 AM   #7
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

When we switched to a HE machine, I got that smell too. Very faint, but definitely there. I use Eco/s which I've used in my normal machine for years with no issues. I also only use prefolds or cotton fitteds, which again, I have found to be the least maintenance. I tried all different settings on the machine and what finally helped is to rinse the diapers in water before I put them into the pail. I just give them a quick rinse in the bathroom sink and wring them out. Maybe it's because it washes some of the pee out, maybe it's because then the machine reads a heavier load and adds more water, I don't know. But it works and now my diapers smell fresh and clean.
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hmm i'll bump for you
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

I used to get this, when I used Allen's. I had terrible smells, and lingering yeast, for YEARS. Then I read here about soaking overnight in hot water and vinegar, w/a few drops of grapefruit seed extract, then washing in tide. Not a single smell since.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:58 AM   #10
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Re: cloth diapers smell like fish when peed in

btw, I'd always disliked Tide, but I'm a Tide diaper convert.
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