Just now I’m sober and I’m actually wearing underwear. Sorry, kids, this party girl naked-days are ovah. I’m talking about the kind of stripping where I’m trying to “save” us money by switching back to cloth diapers. This is quite an ironic statement because with metered water, it is actually going to cost us a huge water bill after all’s said and washed. I’ve narrowly escaped any questions from Gym Hottie regarding why I’ve been bringing pots of boiled water into the tub and washer. He shall find out once I discreetly place the bill on his laptop. If you haven’t been following me that long, you can refer back to my previous whiny posts about cloth diapering here and here.
Stripping cloth diapers actually means removing all the nasty build-up accumulating from the use of detergent and hard minerals from your water. When you have nasty build-up in your diapers, it can cause rashes on your baby’s poor little rump or, worse, make diaper changes dreadful for Mama/Dada from the fumes of ammonia when baby piss touches the cotton. The poo wasn’t even half as bad because he was exclusively boob-fed when we started cloth anyway and that went, “BOOP!” right into the washer. I am no expert in cloth diapers but here’s what I did to get back into the crazy world of cloth diapering:
How I Strip In The Bathtub With RLR
*I started this process in the morning so I could be done with the bathtub by the time GH came home from work/bike racing to shower.
*Others have done this method overnight.
Step 1: Boil a large pot of water.
Step 2: Fill the bathtub halfway with hot-hot-hot water and put in half of the diapers.
*Since I have mostly prefolds, I counted two prefolds/flats as one count of diaper to be stripped. I read you should only do 15 diapers for every packet of RLR.
Step 3: Carefully add boiled water to bathtub.
Step 4: Sprinkle the RLR packet onto the diapers and swish it around with a wooden spoon.
Step 5: Close the bathroom door so child(ren) do not go for a hot swim.
Step 6: Occasionally swish the diapers throughout the day.
*Optional: If water was getting cold, drain some and replace with more boiling hot water.
Step 7: Transfer the diapers into the washer with a little bit of your cloth diaper detergent and run hot washes/rinses until you no longer see any bubbles.
*If you have hard water, add water softener along with the detergent.
Step 8: Sun them, if possible.
This is where GH is going to kill me: I’m currently on probably my 5th/8th? (honestly lost count) wash cycle and this is just for my first half of my diapers. SAVE ME. Better yet, this better save us money once I’m all done with this.
Do you love, hate, or love/hate cloth diapering? Have you stripped … diapers? Any favorite tips for me?
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