Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How I Strip My Cloth Diapers

It's that time again. Time to strip my cloth diapers. Now, there are so many methods to doing this. This method just happens to work well for me.
This method is used in a top loader washer.

How do you know when your diapers need to be stripped?
If you have any of the following, it's time to strip your diapers:
  • Leaking or repelling
  • Stink issues
  • Baby's bottom has redness or rash
  • Build up from diaper creams
  • Switching to a new detergent
What is Stripping Diapers exactly?
It's a method to remove surface mater such as detergent build up from your diapers.

What I Used in this post:
Molly's Suds Cloth Diaper Detergent
One Packet of RLR Laundry Treatment
(I have also heard of using original, Blue Dawn Dish soap)

Step One:
Gather all your dirty diapers from your diaper pail and wet bags. 
Make sure all waste has been sprayed off the poop diapers.
Step Two:
Toss all your dirty diapers into the washer.

Run a full wash cycle as you normally would, with your detergent of choice

Step Three:
Once you have washed your dirty diapers, go a head and toss in any clean diapers you had left over.
Now, fill your washer with hot water and add a full packet of RLR Laundry Treatment. Swoosh the diapers around making sure the powder fully dissolves into the water. 
(I used a wooden spoon for that)
Let it soak for 2 hours.
Every 30 min, I would go back with my spoon and swoosh them around again.

Step Four:
After soaking in RLR for 2 hours, I ran a full heavy duty wash cycle with no detergent.
Following with Hot rinse cycles. 
(As you can see I had a lot of soap build up rising.)
Run as many Hot rinse cycles until you don't see any more bubbles in the water. 
Rinse and dry as you normally would. 


  1. Thanks for sharing this!
    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

  2. Hmmm.... I should do this too.... RLR is only sold online, right? I haven't seen it that I remember....

    1. Yes, I have only seen it online as well :)

  3. Thankyouthankyouthankyou for this post!!! My 2 year old's diapers have that strong smell now and I tried a stripping method I found online but it didn't have pictures nor did it advise to use a treatment like RLR. I'm so excited about finding your post!

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