Guest Blog from Our Very Own Cloth Diapering Baby Guru Joyce:
It happened to me, I got AMMONIA. Yes, even a cloth diaper guru can make cloth diaper mistakes. I think it was a combination of not enough water (people, please read your washing machine’s owner’s manual), not using the best detergent (it was rated 4 out of 5 for CD), and leaving my diapers between washes too long (3 sometimes 4 days, which is BAD). But anyway, now I had ammonia and it just wouldn’t come out of my diapers! I tried Dawn – as frequently recommended, I tried only hot water, I tried overnight soaks in washing soda, and even doing pre-rinses with vinegar before washing them (I have normal water) to get the ammonia out. Nothing worked, NOTHING. So, after scoring free sposies from a kind lady, I jumped online and researched for 2 days on how to remove ammonia from diapers. What do you think I found that worked the best for ammonia (and almost any build up, leak, and/or funk issue)?
RLR. Review after review for ammonia said it worked. So what is RLR? Amazon had this to say about it, “RLR removes mineral deposits and detergent build-up from cloth diapers (and all of your other washables!) Mineral deposits are especially prevalent in areas with hard water. HE washing machines can leave detergent residue, which can lead to odor retention in cloth diapers, especially diapers made of synthetic materials. Use monthly as maintenance or as needed. Diapers will be cleaner, brighter, and squeaky clean! Makes whites whiter and colors brighter for just a few cents once a month. Not a bleach, blueing, or detergent. Removes dried-in mineral deposits and detergent residue from clothing.”
It may take two packets for serious cases but, it worked! That settled it. I needed RLR and NOW. Went to Walmart, they didn’t have it, Target, the same, Shoprite, NOPE. Ahhhhhhh WHERE IS IT?!
I called up CHB, “I’m sure you don’t but, do you have RLR?” — I ask. “Of course we do! — I am told. See, this is why I love ChapmanHill Baby; they truly have all your cloth diaper needs! I ran out to ChapmanHill BABY, also known as the fix-it, save-it, mend-it store to get me some of this MAGICAL stuff ASAP. I went to the store and I was given a freebie pack to try it out… BUT, I messed it up. Then, I went back and bought another pack
Ok, so DON’T wash all 80 of your diapers at one time? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
I did my worst diapers (my fitted diapers) first. The smell was sooooo bad, if baby girl peed once in them, the ammonia would even burn your eyes. I put them in clean (yes, they need to be clean) and then I added the pack to the dispenser and hoped it would work. I then rinsed until I thought I saw no more bubbles, dried them, and then used one.
Results: Even after my mistake of using one packet of RLR for an absurd amount of diapers, my prefolds were back to normal, but the fitteds and AIO’s were not! My second time using a packet of RLR <correctly> returned my fitteds to almost good as new. Now, I am able to use them for day use and naps. I did try them overnight and they were still ammonia-y. They went from one pee = burning your eyes out to using overnight = smells like ammonia but not quite burn your eyes out. I am confident that after one more packet all my diapers will be perfect. I will also be using RLR monthly as a preventative method of avoiding death by ammonia. RLR you are amazing. ChapmanHill BABY, you are even more amazing for carrying a hard to find product! Come over to CHB if you have any ammonia, leaks or just need to get your diapers back to square one!
Until November 10th, 2013, Get 5 packs of RLR for the price of 4 by using the coupon code: SAVEME at the ChapmanHill BABY website. Add 5 to your cart and the 5th will be FREE!
Buy it here ———> http://www.chapmanhillbaby.com/RLR-Laundry-Treatment-p/rlr.3244.htm