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 2 1/2 with potty training just around the corner. I have used the same cloth diapers on him from the day he came home at 1 month old (he was adopted) all the way through now. I use these diapers. They are adjustable and I have had no problems with them. And I will be using the same diapers (hand-me-down style) for baby #2. Click here to read more about my cloth diapers. I use:
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. Young Living is the only brand I trust for my family anytime, but especially when the oils will end up on such a delicate area (my son’s tush!). Young Living is the only essential oil company that owns their own farms (I have been to one of the farms and helped with harvest), grows their own plants, distills the oils, bottles the oils, and sends the oils to me. Young Living uses 100% pure, unadulterated, therapeutic grade essential oils and the only ones I trust for my family. See more about why I use Young Living here.
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!