What is stripping cloth diapers?Stripping cloth diapers is a process intended to remove build-up from diapers. Build-up can be caused by a variety of culprits: excessive detergent, minerals in your water, oils from baby wipes, and even natural oils from baby's skin. By "stripping" the diapers, we remove build-up that can cause diapers to repel liquid or have a bad odor. Don't feel bad, most newcomers to cloth diapering will have to strip their cloth diapers at one point or another.
When do you need to strip cloth diapers?There are some tell tale signs that your cloth diapers have excessive build-up that needs to be removed:
- Strong ammonia smell immediately after baby urinates (the smell may make your eyes burn)
- Funky or unpleasant overall odor of the diapers
- Diapers are developing a dingy gray color
- Fleece lining of pocket diapers has a waxy feel to it
- Diapers begin to repel liquid (liquid rolls off diaper instead of absorbing into it)
- Sudden leaks from your diaper not explained by sizing issues, and when the diaper is nowhere near saturated