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Old 02-01-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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C diff and cloth diapers--specifically FB

DFS is in the hospital with RSV and C diff. I am wondering how to clean my diapers when I get home. I don't really want to bleach my FB pockets if I can avoid it.

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Old 02-01-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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Re: C diff and cloth diapers--specifically FB

That is a nasty bacteria. I would surely bleach. I dont like to use bleach either, but for that I would definitely recommend bleach this time.
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How much can I use without ruining the FB? I am going to bleach the heck out of the inserts. But I don't want to destroy the waterproofing...
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I would definitely bleach. I'm not sure how much. Maybe a mama can help you out there.
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I hate to say this, but I'd throw them out. I know how expensive they are and it may be a big expense, but I would. If you are going to continue using them, bleach for sure.
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Oh, and I'm sorry to hear about your lo.
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Re: C diff and cloth diapers--specifically FB

I would ask the infection control at the hospital. C Diff is very nasty and some cleaners are not rated for it. At our hospital, the hand foam cleaner is banned to use before and after C Diff patients. It stays in the system for a very long time and may be around for a while.
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Bleach won't hurt your FB, I have used it on my entire stash (90% FB) in the past when we have been sick, just filled my bleach dispenser in the machine, I think it is about 1/4 cup. I am not familiar with C Diff but ask what kills it and in what concentration. You can definitely soak your inserts in bleach for awhile, not sure about the shells though. You could spray the fleece with a bleach solution and try to avoid the PUL.
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Re: C diff and cloth diapers--specifically FB

To the best of my knowledge, bleach is the only thing rated to kill C Diff. Alcohol based cleaners and standard detergents WILL NOT kill the bacteria...don't know about something like TTO.

I know for hard surfaces the ratio is 1 part bleach to 9 parts water...

For anything that has come into contact with fecal matter, I'd definitely use bleach...wash in HOTHOTHOT water, bleach, put in the dryer...then repeat the cycle.

That's just what I would do.

ETA: I called one of my instructors! She said that something like cloth diapers CAN be adequately cleaned from C. Diff! She said that the newer studies have shown that if you put 1 part bleach (6.15% hypo though - most standard laundry bleach is 6% apparently) to 9 parts water and 1 part vinegar then it's MUCH more effective in the cleaning process. She said HOT water (like, you may want to boil some on the stove to add to your laundry), the bleach/h20/vinegar, dry on HOT (or sun if you have it) and do this two to three times. She said it'll definitely take care of the vegetative form of the bacteria but maaaaybe not spores. She also said that most of the spores should dislodge in the wash cycles and just get washed away. HTH!

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Old 02-01-2010, 03:50 PM   #10
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Def use bleach...My son had a C Diff infection when he was about 9-10 months. I used it on everything (we were at home...he contracted from someone at the hosp...after he had surgery). It is a tough bacteria to get rid of!
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