Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Stripping cloth diapers using Oxiclean Versatile

Some diaper manufacturers recommend using Oxiclean Versatile to strip cloth diapers.  For example, this is one of the preferred methods for stripping FuzziBunz cloth diapers.  We have used this method many times and had success with it. 

You will need to purchase Oxiclean Versatile (aka Oxiclean regular powder).  The powder typically comes in a large container, and is available at a variety of major retail locations.


How to strip diapers using Oxiclean Versatile:

  1. Start with clean diapers (you may need to wash diapers first with your regular cloth-diaper-safe detergent)
  2. Wash diapers on hot with 4-5 scoops of Oxiclean powder.  Do not add detergent.
  3. Run a cold rinse, and repeat until bubbles no longer appear.

Our experience:

Repelling problems solved:

With Oxiclean versatile we have had success in solving repelling issues in our cloth diapers. 

Softens fleece-lined diapers:

If you are using Oxiclean to remove build-up from fleece, you will notice a drastic improvement in the feel of the fleece and the "fluffiness".  You may notice that the fleece has a soft feel, and any prior "waxy" feeling has been removed from the diapers.

You may need to repeat:

While one Oxiclean stripping process may work fine for a mild build-up problem, be prepared to run your diapers through 2-3 rounds of hot washes with Oxiclean to fully solve severe build-up issues.  Oxiclean contains sodium carbonate, which works as a water softener and it can work well in hard water.  While Oxiclean works nicely for stripping cloth diapers, if you are having repeated build-up issues with your diapers you should assess your washing routine and choice of detergent.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! This may be a stupid question, but do the clean diapers need to be dried first before stripping? Or can I just run my washing machine again with the oxiclean?

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    1. You can just run the machine again without drying them :).

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  2. I just bought the oxiclean versatile but my scoop has 5 lines on it. Is each line considered a scoop or the whole scoop with the five lines considered one scoop? Thanks!

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    1. I usually add a full scoop (5 lines) for a full load. If you're stripping fewer diapers you can decrease the amount of Oxiclean. Just make sure to rinse well. Good luck with the diapers!

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  3. I have the Honest Co version of Oxy Clean. Do you think it would work the same?

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    1. It should be fine if they have the same active ingredients, but you might want to contact your cloth diaper manufacturer (or the Honest Co) to get their thoughts. Better safe than sorry!

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  4. So, to strip a full loaf of diapers, i should use one full scoop (5 lines) or 5 full scoops? Also, do use this stripping regimen in a top loader or a front loader? I have a front loader and don't know if i should decrease the amount of oxiclean due to a smaller quantity of water.

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  5. Hi Sarah. This is for a top loader, so you would need to reduce the amount of Oxiclean. I haven't used a front loader, but (generally) it's recommended to use 1/4th the amount of detergent. Using 1/4 the amount of Oxiclean would probably be a good start for you. If you really want to give your diapers a nice Oxiclean soak, you could always add Oxiclean to a 5 gallon bucket and let the diapers sit for 30 mins. I have another article on this site about "saving a soiled and dried cloth diaper", and I used an Oxiclean soak for that.

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  6. Why does it need to be the versatile version. I have the one with green writing, I think it's for no scents. Can I use that

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  7. I know this is an old post, but maybe I will have some luck. I just washed my preloved cloth diaps in oxy. I did a pre rinse, and a hot rinse after. The covers still smell a little oxy like, do they need another rinse?

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    1. Oxyclean does have a fairly recognizable scent, but I wouldn't be worried that the diapers have residue. If you are concerned about it, doing another hot wash and cool rinse will be fine too.

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