Posted by KarenC on November 10, 19103 at 21:06:32:
In Reply to: Stripping diapers- what is this? posted by avamom on November 10, 19103 at 18:51:15:
You shouldn't ever 'have' to do it. Strip washes are usually reserved for when you have some kind of problem like detergent build-up etc... Everyone has different methods but it's basically a very hot wash (some turn up their water heater temporarily or add boiling water to their washer) with only a little detergent (if any) and sometimes vinegar and/or baking soda.
Fishy smell.. hmmm... do you use Desitin on your baby's bum by any chance? Desitin contains fish oils that do not easily rinse out of diapers so it's not recomended for cloth diaper users. It's very difficult to remove but can be done with a few strip washes usually.
Another possibility for the odors you're experiencing is detergent build-up. Most cloth diaper users find that they don't need nearly as much as what's recomended on the box. Too much detergent will build-up in your diapers and retain odors. Most find they don't need anymore than about 1/4-2/3 the recomended amount and most do one (or more) extra rinses to make sure they get everything out. Check your final rinse cycle, if there are still lots of suds you either need to reduce the amount of detergent you use or rinse more.
Those are the two most likely causes. Try that and come back if it doesn't help. Just remember that odors in otherwise clean diapers are not a normal part of cloth diapering and there's almost always a solution.