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Help! Eye watering ammonia smell - tried everything!

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Re: Help! Eye watering ammonia smell - tried everything!

Postby sim » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:25 am

I put 2-3 tablespoons of soda crystals in the powder drawer at the start of the wash

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Re: Help! Eye watering ammonia smell - tried everything!

Postby JennB » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:40 pm

Ok, thanks everyone! My washing routine is basically (with my other nappies):
-Quick wash (no rinse on our machine) - adding extra water
-Wash between 40 and 60 with half a tablet of a supermarket brand of non bio adding extra water at the beginning
-Another quick wash (30 mins)
-Hang to dry on my radiator airers
So, maybe half a tablet isn't enough and/or better detergent is required.
I've bought some soda crystals today, slightly different from what I was thinking of that I bought from a hardware store for soap making. So, I'll give that a go then hang them at my partner's mom's for a few days. Forecast is for sleet and snow.... Hmmm, hopefully that will be ok. I'll keep you posted.
Cheers, Jenn

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Re: Help! Eye watering ammonia smell - tried everything!

Postby sim » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:56 pm

Definitely powder is better than tablets or liquid!

Keep us posted.

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Re: Help! Eye watering ammonia smell - tried everything!

Postby JennB » Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:20 pm

So, I've done a soda crystals wash with a few extra washes and they were hung outside for a good few days. After all the attention they've had they are certainly bright and new looking. However, the ammonia problem remains :-( albeit, not as bad as it once was but still... So, my options are getting slimmer... I'll find someone with a dishwasher and borrow a tablet as my next test. Thanks for all of the advice so far. Jenn

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Re: Help! Eye watering ammonia smell - tried everything!

Postby Sunset » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:07 pm

Ammonia is alkaline so you need something to counter it. You can try soaking the inserts in a diluted vinegar solution to see if that helps.
If it is just the inserts, I would be tempted to replace them, they go pretty cheaply on the classified ads here.

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Re: Help! Eye watering ammonia smell - tried everything!

Postby Kim » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:55 pm

http://www.cleangreennappy.co.uk/laundry/rg-fr.html

I haven't used this but I use the washing powder and got rid of smells on stinky wraps.

Maybe give them a ring to discuss options?

Kim

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