While bleach is really awesome at sterilizing it can be incredibly rough on your cute stash of fluff. As you can imagine because it has the strength to kill some major bacteria it also has the ability to do damage to your diapers by wearing down the fibers. This hurts the diaper’s absorbency and waterproofing.
With the above being said, use bleach sparingly if at all. For stink issues try vinegar, an Eco Sprout overnight soak, baking soda (use vinegar in the rinse cycle to restore the pH level in the diapers otherwise it might cause diaper rash) or a Dawn dish soap strip. If you have stubborn stains and live in a sunny climate put those pretty little diapers outside. It’s amazing how a little sun can get rid of stains!
You can also try Bac-Out by Bi-o-kleen to strip your diapers. Be careful because some of the ingredients may cause irritation to your baby’s skin.
What are your thoughts? What has helped you treat cloth diaper odor issues without causing additional issues?
I’m Julie, a former cloth diaper retailer who discovered a passion for the industry. Now, instead of selling cloth diapers, I advocate them and promote small businesses I love who sell and manufacture them.
I’m the wife of a fireman and mother of three. I have a daughter and identical twin sons.