Imagine a world where cloth diapers are a status symbol.
That’s where I live.
I have seen moms fight over diapers like rabid racoons over a kernel of corn. Pounding cup after cup of caffinated beverages only to stare wide eyed at a computer screen rapidly hitting the refresh key while stalking the latest trendy print. Paying upwards of $100 a diaper for a brand new, never opened limited edition Goodmama.
Who has the biggest stash? Who has the best insanely overpriced organic fitteds? Who spent the most hours sewing up diapers-that-are-way-better-than-yours all night? Who spent their family’s grocery money on 2 diapers? and is now crying over being an ass.. but still thinks their shit don’t stink because they own those 2 dipes.
Yeah, that world really exists.. and in that lovely world of cloth diapering comes the washing of the cloth diapers. This task, seemingly simple, can be surprisingly daunting. I’ve been cloth diapering for close to 3 years now and still learn new things about washing. The most important thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t wash right you’ve got problems.
My problem: hard water. I thought I fixed it by switching exclusively to Charlie’s Soap. And I had, because not only are my clothes MUCH cleaner but since I switched back in May, I haven’t had to strip my diapers once! Not one instance of the stinkies… until last week.
Last week, while pulling my fluffy stash from the dryer, I detected the faintest smell of something not in the category of clean. Not wanting to wash twice, being that I’ve been washing at my mothers house and I was READY to go home, I tossed them in the bag and took em home. But all it took was one night to make me regret that. I know my nose is a bit more sensitive since I’m pregnant, but there really is nothing nastier than an overnite dipe reeking of ammonia by morning.. and I’ve smelled it both pregnant and not.
I was not disgusted though, I knew what the problem was and I also knew how to fix it. Hard water needs softening, but I did not want to turn to my old standbys: washing soda or borax. I had been reading about how there are 2 different types of water softeners and in some cases one type actually required MUCH more rinsing – my trusty standbys were on that list! On the top of the other list I saw a familiar name, one I recall my grams talking about years ago.
I had no idea they still made this stuff! A few quick searches on the internet told me it is safe for cloth diapers. I found some yesterday at WalMart, but they only had it in liquid form. I would rather have the powder, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Into the washer went the Calgon, just about a third of a capful and one little scoop of Charlies. Out came diapers that smelled like nothing! Not only that, but they did seem brighter too! Imagine that, a product that does what it says!
I was so excited by my discovery that I decided to do a stash pic! Of course this is just Luke’s current stash, meaning just what fits and is in rotation. (not pictured are the 22 Premium DSQ Chinese Prefolds that I’ve yet to convert into fitteds and the 2 medium Thirsties covers in celery and periwinkle). Everything pictured was made by me!
Flannel fitteds and prefolds that have been turned into fitteds.
(I destashed a bit.. well a lot, just so I could fit them into these baskets)
Pockets. Top row are stuffed for nights, bottom row stuffed for days/outings.
I could stand to destash a bit more.. this is still way more than I need in between washing but I have a hard time parting with them!
Side note: although I love my Charlies, I ordered another detergent from a WAHM everyone on CafeMom speaks very highly of. Lil’ Outlaws makes a detergent very similar to Charlies Soap but comes in a plethora of yummy scents and I HAD to try some. I ordered Pear Glace’ and it smells divine. Upon trying it myself I found it was just as awesome as Charlies and left behind a light fresh scent! I highly recommend trying it!