Getting Rid of Ammonia
Do you diapers wreak of ammonia after just one pee? Is your baby suffering from ammonia burns when she wakes up in the morning? Here are some tips for getting rid of horrible ammonia buildup and ammonia burns in your cloth diapers.
1. BIOKLEEN BAC-OUT:
Spray your cloth diapers with BioKleen Bac-out. Allow them to sit from 30 minutes to overnight. Then, launder as usual (i.e. rinse COLD with no detergent, wash HOT with 2 tbsp of detergent, and follow with 3 COLD rinse cycles with no detergent).
Bring water to a boil in a large pot on your stove. Add your diapers (2 to 3 at a time) and allow them to boil for 15 minutes. Then launder as usual (i.e. rinse COLD with no detergent, wash HOT with 2 tbsp of detergent, and follow with 3 COLD rinse cycles with no detergent).
*NOTE: Avoid boiling diapers too long as this will could melt your snaps or PUL and ruin your diapers. Also, avoid boiling diapers that are more than two years old as this may cause irreparable damage.
3. LAUNDRY BOOSTERS:
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of RLR laundry treatment, Calgon water softener, OR Oxyclean to the wash cycle of your regular laundry routine. This is especially effective in areas of hard water. The booster will help to lift the stains and odor and will allow the detergent to work more effectively.
4. TIDE DETERGENT:
While Tide isn't recommend for everyday use on your cloth diapers because it leads to detergent buildup, it can be used occasionally to get rid of really tough ammonia odors. Rinse COLD with no detergent, wash HOT with 2 tbsps of Tide detergent instead of your regular cloth diaper detergent, and follow with 3 COLD rinse cycles with no detergent.
Place diapers and diaper pail liner in washing machine. Fill the washer with COLD water. Add 2 tbsps of your favorite detergent or one of the recommended soaking agents listed below. Start the wash cycle to agitate the water and then stop the wash cycle. Allow diapers to soak in washer for 1 hour to overnight depending on how severe the ammonia problem is. Resume wash cycle after soaking. Wash again with 2 tbsp of your regular detergent. Finish with five (5) COLD rinse cycles with no detergent. Recommended soaking agents include:
- Tide Detergent (Original Powder)
- Lulu's In the Fluff
- Country Save
- Rockin' Green Soap
- Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer (by Rockin Green)
Add one of the disinfectants listed below to the wash cycle of your regular laundry routine. Launder as usual.
- 1 cup of White Distilled Vinegar (*NOTE: not recommended for areas with hard water or for everyday use)
- 1/4 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide (also whitens)
- 20 to 40 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract
- 1 to 2 tsps of 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil