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Old 08-25-2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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Stripping to remove yeast and bacteria

My son's doctor says he has both a yeast and bacterial infection on his bum. It seemed to be getting better when I had him in disposables but is getting worse again since going back to cloth. What's the best way to get it out of the diapers?

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what kind of diapers do you have?

prefolds, inserts...anything but PUL or diapers with snaps you can boil. bleach and vinegar are alternatives.

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Re: Stripping to remove yeast and bacteria

I have battled yeast a few times, even with disposables. Here are some of my tricks:
Hot, and I mean really hot water. Turn your water heater up to max, or boil water and dump it into your washer for your diapers

Bleach, you don't need much, but it will kill anything lingering in the diapers

Sun Bleaching on the clothes line

Tea Tree Oil:
I have put a few drops in the diaper pail, and I also put drops in my kids bath water. Also, Tea Tree and Lavender oil together work as an anti fungal.

Cranberry Juice to drink:
This helps treat and prevent diaper rash. It lowers acidity in the urine, so I find even with yeast, it helps heal the skin, and prevent yeast in the urine.

The stinker with yeast is you kind of have to battle every area or it will not go away. Be sure to wash all your diapers, pail liners, wetbags, wipes, everything diaper related to treat it.

My oldest DS had thrush, and a yeast rash. He was not in cloth. It took months to get rid of it. I had a prescription cream, and was told not to use disposable wipes. Yeast thrives in moist areas. I researched a lot, so when the problem arose with DS#3 in cloth, we took care of it quickly.
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Re: Stripping to remove yeast and bacteria

It does just depend on the diapers. With my BGs, I washed them in hot hot hot water and did a little bit of Dawn detergent. Make sure to rinse until there aren't any more suds. You can bleach and/or boil some diapers. If you're able to hang them in the sun, that does wonders too!
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what kind of diapers do you have?

prefolds, inserts...anything but PUL or diapers with snaps you can boil. bleach and vinegar are alternatives.

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Forgot about the vinegar
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