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Old 07-10-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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What does ammonia smell like?

At night I use a flip organic insert folder over a thirsties hemp/cotton jersey doubler inside a flip cover. I have noticed that my son's diapers are extra stinky in the morning. So I threw everyone of my thirsties and flip organics into the washer and washed twice on hot with one bleach cycle. They have the weirdest smell now. I can't get it out. I have done two washes since, one with baking soda and another with vinegar. I'm not sure if it's that ammonia smell everyone talks about, but it's almost a sour smell.

Any tips on how to get this smell out? I should note that they did not smell like this until after I bleached them.

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I have had two types of smells in my diapers... one is like a wet dog/barnyard sort of smell, the other is a more chemical smell and can sometimes be strong enough to make your eyes water. The chemical type smell is ammonia. Either way, I generally think that the diapers are just not clean enough. They may have build-up from detergent too if they are repelling. I would try stripping them and see if it helps.
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Re: What does ammonia smell like?

I should note that I recently switched to All F & C from Tide F & C ... do you think that could be it?
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I have had two types of smells in my diapers... one is like a wet dog/barnyard sort of smell, the other is a more chemical smell and can sometimes be strong enough to make your eyes water. The chemical type smell is ammonia. Either way, I generally think that the diapers are just not clean enough. They may have build-up from detergent too if they are repelling. I would try stripping them and see if it helps.
Thanks! I had the wet dog, stinky, just not clean smell and after bleaching (and possibly switching detergent) I got the chemical smell that faintly burns your nose.
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Re: What does ammonia smell like?

The ammonia smell to me is how the really old sposie pee diapers used to smell. Like super pungent, sharp, urine odor.

If I were you I would do a good strip to them followed by hanging them outside to dry.
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I should note that I recently switched to All F & C from Tide F & C ... do you think that could be it?
This could be it... how MUCH detergent are you using?
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This could be it... how MUCH detergent are you using?
With the All F & C I am using the the 2 line, which is the full load line. With Tide F & C, I usually went to the in between line.
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I would use the full load amount after you strip and see if that helps keep your stinkies away. Do you have hard water? I do and if I don't use enough detergent, my diapers get smelly.
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