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New to nappies - smelly business

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knees_on
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Re: New to nappies - smelly business

Postby knees_on » Sun May 29, 2011 7:45 pm

We had the same issues. We used to oak in bucket before washing-BIG mistake!! Now we just chuck in bucket dry. We have also changed from non-bio liquid to Bold 2-1 powder as machine kept having loads of build up and not rinsing properly. We also empty filter in washing machine once a month and this really helps. My nappies smell gorgeous now (and yes I do like a good old sniff!).

HTH and you get to the bottom of it :D

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Re: New to nappies - smelly business

Postby Velvetsteph » Sun May 29, 2011 8:39 pm

Where does the “stink” come from?
When a wet cloth diaper smells really bad, it is most likely due to an overproduction of ammonia. In the body, ammonia is converted to urea and excreted. Once the urine is released, the urea begins converting back to ammonia, so some ammonia smell is perfectly normal.

Lingering urea in the diaper and certain types of bacteria can speed up and increase the production of ammonia. So if you smell an unusually strong odor of ammonia after your baby pees, you most likely have a biological residue in your diaper.

This residue is most commonly caused by not using enough water to wash and rinse diapers clean. It can also be caused by not using enough detergent. Detergent is what enables water to enter the fibres of the cloth and release its soil (by decreasing the surface tension of the water). If there is too little water (or detergent), the urine is diluted, but not rinsed away. It is recycled in the wash and dries onto the fabric, remaining there in the form of residues. (From Bummis.com)
thought you might find this useful

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Re: New to nappies - smelly business

Postby tanya » Sun May 29, 2011 9:19 pm

We have a fairly new washing machine and it's too economical with water for washing cloth nappies. I have to use its "Aqua-Plus" function to make sure it adds enough water to wash the nappies properly. I use around 30ml of Persil Bio powder.

I have also found that since we've been using bio powder, not only are our nappies cleaner, but they smell fresher too. I'm not entirely convinced non-bio is particularly good at cleaning nappies and unless there is a good reason not to use it (sensitivity to bio powder etc), then I wouldn't use it again.

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Re: New to nappies - smelly business

Postby katel » Mon May 30, 2011 8:21 am

Thanks everyone. I'm going to research how hard/soft our water is here, do a maintenance wash and trial the Bold - hopefully I'll get it sorted out.

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