One of the first issues we faced when Bo was a newborn was repelling in our cloth diapers.
When Bo was about 2 weeks old, she had her first small diaper rash. Since she was so new, I freaked out a little bit. We tried to apply coconut oil (which was the only rash cream we had at the time), but that did nothing to take the redness away. So we used traditional diaper creams.
I knew they might cause trouble, but I didn’t know how much. Within 2 days, about 10 of our pocket diapers were repelling all liquids.
I didn’t know what to do, so I turned to the Internet for help. I tried nearly everything. I washed tons, rinsed tons, and even scrubbed the diapers with Dawn dish soap and rinsed even more. Nothing seemed to work. This is about the time I decided that I hated pocket diapers.
In last-ditch effort, I tried a remedy that I had only seen mentioned on a forum. Sportswash. Sportswash is a stain-remover that is used to remove odor and deep stains from sports clothing. That made all the difference (I’ve heard other people have good luck with RLR as well).
How I Stopped Repelling in my Pocket Diapers
Step 1: I washed the diapers as normal, with a cold, hot, cold wash.
Step 2: I ran another hot cycle with a cap full of Sportswash.
Step 3: I ran about 4 rinse cycles with water only.
Step 4: I dried the inserts in the dryer and hung the pockets to dry.
The repelling was gone!
After that, the diapers no longer repelled liquids (a couple of stubborn diapers required this process twice). Since then, I’ve stripped the diapers a couple of times with Sportswash (to get rid of ammonia build-up- which I have to do about every 4 months), and I am always amazed at how clean they leave the diapers. I totally recommend the process to anyone suffering from repelling issues.
Note: Sportswash may cause redness if you don’t rinse it out. I usually rinse one extra cycle than I think I need.
If you use cloth diapers, what is your preferred way to stop repelling?