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Old 06-06-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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dirty diaper emergency!!!! PLEASE help!

So I did my very first load of cloth diapers. It doesn't seem to have worked out. We have a coin laundry machine in our apartment, so I couldn't do a cold rinse...I washed the diapers in hot water - I was aware that this could cause them to stain, but when they were finished they were pretty much completely discolored...some were just tinged greenish, some were more darkly splotchy than they were white. I washed with crunchy clean diaper detergent. Also, the diapers didn't smell like poop, but they did not smell fresh and clean...even the laundry room smelled a little yucky/mildewy.

I only have a couple of guesses as to why this happened: 1) it was an extremely small load...my mother in law gave us a bunch of disposable diapers and she was here so we used them most of the time...but then I did the load because I didn't want the diapers to sit in the wet bag any longer.
2) They were in the wetbag starting Sat afternoon...to Wed. afternoon.

PLEASE help me!! I don't know if they're stained or if they're just not clean.

Thanks so much!

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Old 06-06-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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You need more detergent. Use the same detergent you use for your regular clothes. Don't be afraid. It won't ruin your diapers. You can also use bleach.
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:42 PM   #3
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Re: dirty diaper emergency!!!! PLEASE help!

^^Yes that. If you can't do a rinse in the wash I would as least rinse them in the tub or something. Then more detergent and some bleach.
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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Re: dirty diaper emergency!!!! PLEASE help!

Saturday to Wednesday is no big deal. Many mamas go longer than that.

Depending on what your baby eats, and if you have natural fibers, diapers might stain. It's no big deal. I mean, they get pooped in. You can sun out the stains, but they will just get pooped in again, you know?

But I agree, if they did not smell clean, then you need more detergent. You can use any old detergent you want (I use whatever is cheapest at the store) and use as much as you would for a large load of dirty clothes.

And if you can't run a cold cycle first to get the yuckies out, then make sure to rinse them really well at home before washing.

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Old 06-06-2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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Re: dirty diaper emergency!!!! PLEASE help!

I think you're probably right about the load being too small, I don't think the time they sat is terrible at all though. Now when you're mentioning the greenish cast and the dark splotches, is this just where the poop was on the dipes or is it everywhere? If those stains are all over your dipes it sounds more like mildew or mold either in the diaper pail or in the washer (shudder). If it's everywhere I would suggest bleaching and figuring out wherever the funk is growing and putting a stop to it.

I have had good luck (touch wood) with going straight to a hot wash (but I do rinse poopy diapers), I've seen it hypothesized that stains come out best at the temp they were made at, I haven't noticed a difference with or without the cold soak first. I agree that you probably need to use more detergent, and if you only have a small number of diapers to wash I'd suggest throwing a towel or two in to bulk up the load so that everything has something to swish against to get clean. Personally I had to switch to Tide powder to get clean diapers, but we have super hard water and I know there are some mamas who are very happy with their natural detergents.
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:07 PM   #6
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Re: dirty diaper emergency!!!! PLEASE help!

I would rise them out or get a diaper sprayer and spray them out before storing them in your pail/bag. Even if your baby is EBF, not starting with a rinse on your wash cycle will require you to do something to rinse that poop away or you'll be washing in very dirty water. I would also increase you detergent amount or use another detergent. I personally use and love Tide Original. In my 4+ years of cloth diapering, I've found that using enough detergent is all I need to get my diapers clean, I don't suggest bleach.
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Re: dirty diaper emergency!!!! PLEASE help!

i have coin laundry at my appt too..this is my wash routine and my diapers are beautiful and smell amazing!

1 full hot wash with 1/4 cup bleach
1 full hot wash with original tide liquid (cd safe detergents are useless in my opinion)
1 full hot wash/cold rinse (cause i dont have a rinse setting either)

sounds like it was a mixture of a few things...small loads sometimes dont aggitate against each other enough to clean well. cd detergents sometimes dont work out. are you spraying your poo diapers? i also rinse my pee diapers...i know i dont really have to but i dont mind..and it helps them get ultra ultra clean
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You need to rinse them first so that your detergent doesn't have to work so hard to clean them. Make sure you are using enough detergent (same amount you would use on any really soiled load) and if you don't have enough diapers in the load just throw a towel or two in so that there is enough friction going on in the washer.
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Re: dirty diaper emergency!!!! PLEASE help!

as many mamas have said..more detergent..and possibly some bleach (or oxyclean). And saturday to wednesday is nothing lol..I've gone way longer than that and my diapers were fine
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #10
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has anyone gone that long without spraying the ebf poop off? Is this just something that should never be done?
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