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My Repelling Fleece Saga

While pocket diapers are great for keeping baby's skin dry and being easy to put on, they can be tricky in the washing department. The problem is that they are susceptible to build-up which makes them water repellent -- not exactly a good quality in a diaper. When this happens, your baby's urine rolls right off the fleece and out the nearest opening -- legs, back or front. A lot of people test their fleece by pouring water on it to see if it soaks in or beads up, but I've found that this isn't a good test. My Fuzzibunz fleece wicked water in at first, then beaded up after the first few washings, but they never leaked. So just because the water beads up when poured on, does *not* mean that you have a problem. You only have a problem if your diapers leak. I was lucky and never encountered this problem until I had the bright idea to 'strip wash' my pocket diapers.

Strip washing is supposed to remove all the build- up that is making your fleece repellent or causing it to smell funny. I didn't have any repellancy leak problems, but the FB were starting to smell a little rank, especially because I was using Desitin to battle an icky rash on Julia's bottom. Desitin is generally a no-no when using cloth diapers because it stains fleece, and has a cod liver oil base which leaves a fishy odor on your diapers. I use it anyway because it's the only rash cream that works for Julia and I'd rather battle fishy diapers than have her suffering through a painful rash. I only have to use it occasionally, usually when she's ill or not eating well and her BM's become very acidic.

So anyway, I went to Mother of Eden's website and followed the directions for strip washing which involves baking soda, vinegar and hot washes. It helped a little with the smell, but not a lot. The real problem was that all of a sudden, my FB's were leaking! Ugh! I couldn't believe it. I later found out that baking soda can cause a build-up on fleece too, so now I had to strip wash my strip wash.

This time I followed the advice of a lot of other MDC moms and used Sportswash (non-scented detergent found in Walmart's hunting section). I soaked the pocket dipes in Sportwash and hot water, then washed them in hot over and over again until there weren't any suds in the water. This took literally 6 washes. Luckily, I only had my pocket diapers in the washer, so it was a small load. Now the stink is gone, and they don't leak anymore. Water still beads up on the fleece if it's just poured on, but like I said, they work fine, so that is the end of my saga for now.

Main page | Types of cloth diapers and covers | My search for the perfect cover | A note on detergents | My repelling fleece saga | Pics of Isaac in cloth dipes | Pics of Julia in cloth dipes | My experiences with diapering a newborn | Nighttime diapering | Diapering on the go | Prefold folds | My recommendations for getting started | Step-by-step diaper change pictorial | Knitting soakers | Trimming prefolds | Homemade pockets | Other earth-friendly choices

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