If your Cloth diapers are smelling like ammonia even after you wash them you could have a problem. There could be one of three reasons for ammonia smelling diapers.
1. Detergent buildup . This is usually caused by using too much detergent or not the right kind of detergent. Many people say that they don’t have any problems using Tide or other mainstream detergents, but for others these detergents cause buildup or rashes. A lot of these detergents contain optical brighteners, enzymes, fabric softeners and other chemicals that can build up on diapers. Stripping the diapers and changing detergents or amount of the detergent used can usually solve this problem.
2. Mineral buildup . If you have hard water, minerals can build up in the fabric. Using a mineral remover such as RLR laundry treatment can help. Using a detergent specially made for hard water can also help, or even Borax to the wash could clear this up by making the detergent work better at getting the diapers clean.
3. Your diapers may not be getting clean enough. Sometimes adding a little more detergent is all you need. For others, you may need to change your wash routine. What works best for us is a cold rinse, followed by a hot wash with then two cold rinses. Also adding Borax could help your diapers get cleaner.
If your diapers are smelling like ammonia it is time to strip your diapers.
How to strip cloth diapers in a top loader washing machine:
* Wash diapers as usual. No need to dry them.
* Add 1-2 Tablespoons of dish detergent (blue Dawn works best) to your washer and wash diapers on hot. Soaking for a few hours can help too. DO NOT add extra detergent or use more than this amount, you will find yourself in a bad sitcom episode as you scoop up acres of bubbles.
* Rinse, rinse, rinse the diapers until there are no bubbles left when the machine.
How to strip cloth diapers in a front loader washing machine:
In a front loader, you will likely get way too many bubbles if you try this. So, soak the diapers in a sink, bucket or bathtub in a little dish detergent and hot water. Then rinse them as well as you can. Then run a hot wash cycle with no detergent and repeat until there are no bubbles left.
Sunlight is a great way to help keep odors and stains at bay. Line dry your diapers as often as you can.