When I first heard about stripping cloth diapers I pictured a dancing diaper. Later, when I developed ammonia in my cloth diapers I knew it was time to look into this practice. So, what is stripping cloth diapers? Basically something is in your diapers that shouldn’t be there. A build up can occur from many sources, and while the topic continues to be debated in the cloth community, I know what has personally occurred and worked for me. There are several sources of unwanted gunk in cloth diapers and different ways to remove it.
Stripping cloth diapers is a generally simple process. It simply means removing things from the diaper that shouldn’t be there. I see lots of talk about detergent build up, some believe it doesn’t exist, but we have all pulled out laundry with bubbles still present in the fabric. Simply re-washing without soap, or tossing it for an extra rinse can help remove detergent. In addition to regular detergent, fabric softener should never be used on cloth. As the Proctor and Gamble rep told me, it coats fibers and repels liquid. To remove it, should it get on cloth, simply wash in regular detergent until it’s gone to return fabric to it’s regular absorbency.