Stripping?? For mommies?! Hold on there, this is cloth diaper stripping and it’s something that needs to be done if your diapers have been washed repeatedly in untreated hard water. The minerals in hard water can deposit into your diaper fabrics over time, allowing uninvited bacteria to hitch a ride. These minerals can also coat the fibers, causing diapers to repel liquids.
Stripping is a useful tool in your diaper washing toolbox, if it’s necessary. But it shouldn’t be a regular part of getting your diapers properly cleaned. A proper wash routine will get your diapers cleaned with no need to strip them.
Keep in mind that if you need help stripping, we’re here for you! Well, what are friends for?! But really, contact us. We’re here to help you understand what you need to do to keep your diapers clean and your baby safe!
The information by Fluff Love University below explains when it’s necessary to strip cloth diapers:
Ok, so you’ve determined that you DO need to strip your diapers. How do you do it? In a nutshell, the steps are:
- Dissolve a mineral removing solution in HOT water (in a top loader or a bathtub)
- Add your CLEAN diapers (everything except covers and pockets) and soak for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally
- When the water is cool, drain your washer/tub and squeeze the water out of the diapers
- Wash items in a WATER ONLY wash cycle
- Do a 30 minute COLD bleach soak for all items*
- Wash everything 2-4 times using proper main wash cycle for your machine, with detergent and water softener
That’s just the wrap-up for a summary at-a-glance. Below are the full instructions by Fluff Love University:
*Wondering why the bleach soak? The stripping process can bring bacteria to the surface that was trapped in the minerals. A bleach soak is necessary to kill this bacteria. Skipping it can lead to rashes and burns. For the full scoop on how to bleach cloth diapers, click here.
Remember, a proper wash routine is always key in getting your diapers properly cleaned. Click here for our link on How to Wash Cloth Diapers and here for our link on Troubleshooting Your Wash Routine.
Happy stripping! 😉