If you notice your diapers are leaking or repelling that is usually a sign of detergent build-up and the diapers need to be stripped. Detergent build-up is also the likely culprit when a strong odour is created as soon as the diapers become soiled. Cloth diapers are designed to be absorbent and sometimes that means that they absorb too much detergent, ammonia or even minerals caused from having hard water.
Stripping refers to the process of removing anything (i.e. - detergent build-up, ammonia, or mineral build-up if you have hard water) that is preventing your diaper from being used to the maximum absorbency.
There are several ways to strip cloth diapers but we have found the two most effective ways to be basic stripping and simple stripping.
1. Basic Stripping
The safest method is a basic stripping. Set your washer to the heavy duty cycle using hot water but do not add detergent. Simply add your clean diapers to the water and wait until the washer begins to agitate. Open the lid and check for any suds in the water. If there are any suds in the water, repeat the wash cycle without adding detergent. This process may need to be repeated up to 6 times in order to have all detergent build-up removed.
2. Simple Stripping
\nThis method of stripping requires the use of a stronger detergent such as Tide. Simply set the wash cycle to heavy duty and add a second rinse cycle.
Stripping Fleece Pocket Diapers is more labour intensive and will be done by hand. First you will soak the diapers in hot water with a bit of regular dish soap for about 30 minutes. After the diapers have soaked you will take a soft scrub brush and scrub the entire layer of fleece both inside and out. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.