How to strip your diapers using our Strip It! Formula
Whether you are experiencing repelling, leaking, odor, bacteria, rashes, dingy fabrics, starting a new detergent, getting rid of an old detergent, have used clothing or just want to brighten up some duds-our Strip It! Formula may be the knight in shining armor you are looking for.
If you are a seasoned cloth diaper user or a beginner, you know that there are many factors that may contribute to a perfect laundry routine and many trial and error steps it can take to figuring out what your laundry routine will be.
Cloth diapering in particular is laundering ammonia, bacteria, different material blends, water types and temperatures, machine types as well as the hundreds of detergents on the market. If you mix all those factors together, it can be pretty overwhelming, time consuming and not to mention a chemical cocktail of a potential laundry disaster. Be brave grasshopper! Although there are a ton of cloth diaper stripping methods which may be wonderful, we’ve posted this for those who want to know more about our Strip It! Formula.
A cloth diaper strip is essentially just that; you are stripping your diaper material of anything that may be embedded into the fibres. Whether that be excess soap, bacteria, ammonia, mineral deposits, thick creams or rash ointments or residues over time. Because babies diets change, their pH changes as well as different foods are introduced with different levels of acidity and different types of proteins, fruits and grains. As your baby changes, so may your laundry routine.
Some people strip their diapers once a month, some once every 3 months, some 6 months and some never.
Our Stripping formula is very easy to use but is very hands on. Some heavily soiled or badly built-up garments may require more than one strip.
You’ll want to find a large area where you can fill up with water. A large basin, sink or bathtub is preferable. We recommend not using a washing machine UNLESS you have a top loading machine where proper water amounts can be used. Newer machines often offer 1/3 less water than top loading machines. Proper water amounts are key in the saturation process:
The key to our formula is:
1) Saturating your diapers in our solution with a lot of water which opens up the materials, swelling the fibres to loosen any bacteria and residues
2) Agitation: removing deeply embedded residues
3) Rinsing: replacing bacteria, odor and residues with CLEAN water. If you do not rinse properly or use enough water in your routine, you may be washing your diapers with water that may be recirculating bacteria-the very thing you are trying to rid your garments of.
For 10-15 diapers in a large area of water you’ll want to use about 8 gallons of water which would be bathtub sized. If you’re not into that idea, take 5 diapers at a time and utilize your sink or a basin. Rinse your diapers first. Use warm-hot water, dissolve amounts indicated on package into the water and add your diapers. Let your diapers saturate and soak for about an hour. Do not leave overnight. During that hour, you want to add some agitation which you can do with a wooden spoon or Jessy’s soak and squeeze method which is getting a pair of gloves and squeezing the diapers under water. This method opens the fibres up, expanding and retracting the materials which will loosen and remove the bacteria/residues, depositing it into the water. The soak and squeeze method is not for everyone however, this kind of agitation is not available on most machines which is usually a spin or swishing motion.
After your hour, rinse your diapers well-don’t just run them under the water-really rinse them inside and out to make sure all the water which has the bacteria and residues is not deep inside the materials.
After that, you’re good to launder per normal.
Note: Some heavily soiled or badly build-up garments may require more than one strip depending how deeply embedded the issue is and depending on certain material types which may require additional laundering.
Check out our Laundry Tips blog for more information on factors that may be contributing on having to strip more often or helpful laundry hints!
Posted 16th February 2013 by The Laundry Tarts Inc.