If you use cloth diapers, then you know the smell I’m talking about. Part ammonia, part…….other stuff. Here’s a very easy trick to say bye bye to “that smell.”
I absolutely love my son’s cloth diapers! He’s now 3 and potty trained. I have used the same cloth diapers on him from the day he came home at 2 weeks all the way through just before his 3rd birthday. I love Lil Bums cloth diapers! They are adjustable and I have had no problems with them. And I use the very same diapers for my daughter Evie.
USE A NATURAL DETERGENT & VINEGAR*
First step is to wash your diapers. Use whatever natural detergent you like. I like this one. I add regular ole white vinegar as my fabric softener (I just fill up the fabric softener spot in the machine). The vinegar helps neutralize the ammonia smell. I use white vinegar as my fabric softener for all my laundry, not just diapers. I wash the diapers on the “sanitary” cycle. *NOTE: If you have hard water, don’t add vinegar, it will make your situation even worse.
Now here’s the trick! Air drying the diapers outside in the sun is great to get rid of the ammonia smell. And I do that a couple times a month during the summer. But when the weather isn’t right (like all winter) or I just haven’t had a chance to air dry my diapers in awhile, I add 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil to the dryer.
So I use cloth diapers on my son, I use a nontoxic detergent, and cloth wipes. You better believe I use the best quality essential oil on the market.
When I put the diapers in the dryer, I add 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil to the load. I just randomly sprinkle the drops over the diapers. The dryer will mix it all up as it spins. The lemon combined with the heat takes away all of that ammonia odor!
That’s it! Lemon essential oil is the trick you need to save your stinky diapers!