8 Responses to “Are Your Cloth Diapers Smelling Like Ammonia?”

  1. Laurann November 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Thanks for posting about this topic. I’ve read about the ammonia problem from many sources as I’ve tried to find a solution. This is one of the best I’ve read thus far, especially about the different water types. I’m definitely going to be book marking this page.

    • naturalpureessentials November 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      Thanks for visiting Laurann. Water type really does affect how well your detergent works…hard water have alot of calcium and magesium which prevents the detergent from cleaning because the detergent tries to break the hard water down instead of attacking the dirt and in the case of diapers poo and pee so the diapers don’t get clean.

  2. Laurann November 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Are you using a pul pail liner? I like the set up. Because pul is breathable does it let the stench out?

    • naturalpureessentials November 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      Yes, It is a Grovia PUl pail liner. Actually keeping your diaper pail air tight or sealed makes it smell more as the trapped heat causes the bacteria to multiple quicker and convert the urine into ammonia. Under normal conditions, ie no ammonia or stinky diapers, the open pail don’t smell.

  3. maicatarina December 6, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    thanks for this article!! lol, I’ve been thinking about the difference in clean smell of my diapers when I wash them in different locations.. the water… hmmm 🙂

    • naturalpureessentials December 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      Oh yes, when we visit my parents in Florida they have very hard water and the diapers do have a different smell to them than when I wash in CT.

  4. Q.Oso May 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    What would you suggest to be the best type of diaper for overnight then if you’re child is a heavy wetter and you dont want her to end up with an ammonia rash. Also, is your washer HE because I find that might be the problem for me. Thanks

    • naturalpureessentials May 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

      I personally liked natural fiber diapers so bamboo worked for us as it helps to keep the wetness away from the baby’s bum. The ammonia rash though stems from the diaper not getting cleaned properly not so much from the baby being a heavy wetter.
      I don’t have a HE machine but HE machines are known for not washing cloth diapers correctly because it does not use enough water. Try adding some wet towels to the wash to force the machine into adding more water to the wash cycle which should help to get the diapers clean.

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