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Old 12-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Stripping Diapers For Bacteria???

I thought my three month old had a yeast infection, so did the doctor. So we put an anti-fungal cream on her and switched to sposies until the infection was clear. After a week, the infection was worse and spreading, so we switched to an anti-bacterial cream and it was gone in 36 hours! Now I'm wondering if I still need to strip my dipes, or if I need to strip them as hard as I would if it were yeast. We mostly use flats and prefolds with covers, but have a few AIOs. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Re: Stripping Diapers For Bacteria???

Bleach will kill that yeast. I would definitely do a bleach load after a yeast infection.
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Re: Stripping Diapers For Bacteria???

Sorry, maybe I wasn't very clear in my original post - it turned out not to be yeast, but to be bacteria.
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I would still do bleach, it will kill the bacteria.
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3/4 cup of bleach and hot water should kill any bacteria. I would do an extra hot wash cycle with a cup of vinegar to neutralize and rinse all the bleach thoroughly.
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Re: Stripping Diapers For Bacteria???

Do you suppose I could just use vinegar and skip the bleach all together?
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Happy to see this thread because we're having the same problem. When do you put the bleach in the washer and wear? I normally use oxyclean on our regular laundry so I have no idea how to use bleach. Last time I tried to use bleach I had to rewash the diapers five times to get rid of the smell. Will just using bleach strip the diapers or should I do more?
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #8
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Re: Stripping Diapers For Bacteria???

I would definitely use bleach to kill the bacteria. I hate bleach, but I figure it is more important to have clean diapers and a healthy baby. 1/4 cup for FLer of 1/2 cup for top loader and hot water. Then rinse until you can't smell it. Good luck!
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Vinegar is not a disinfectant and will not kill bacteria OR yeast. I would use about 3/4 c bleach on all the diapers to thoroughly disinfect them. I use bleach in every load bit only 1/4 as a general disinfectant.
I fill the washer up with water and add the bleach while it's filling so it gets dispersed evenly. When it's filled (or mostly if I'm in a hurry) then I throw the diapers and soap in.
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Do you suppose I could just use vinegar and skip the bleach all together?
You need bleach. The vinegar will neutralize the alkalinity of the bleach, but is inferior disinfectant.
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