Some of you may remember that back before Christmas, I was ecstatic to order 4 new Bummi’s Super Whisper Wraps. Unfortunately, my excitement was only short lived.
I did a bunch of research on this yesterday and came up with the basic idea that the problem may be related to detergent residue, which has hurt the PUL fabric and is allowing the wetness to seep through. I found this info on the Bummi’s website:
- People have reported problems with the following cleaning agents:
- All Free and Clear (and other Free and Clear detergents). They have brighteners!! Read labels carefully.
- Dr. Bronner’s Soap
- Some versions of Bio-Kleen
- 7Th Generation
- Ivory Snow
- Most “pure soap” products
that have been damaged by natural cleaning products can sometimes be
saved! Repeat the following process twice: Run your covers and diapers
through a wash with only hot water (if allowed by manufacturer’s
washing instructions). Run a second wash using 1/2 cup baking soda and
1/2 cup vinegar in the wash – and 1/2 cup vinegar again in first rinse
cycle. Run a second rinse cycle with plain water.
I use Bio-Kleen detergent, which I had understood was safe to use with diapers and covers, but apparently not with Bummi’s? It also says further down on this “Caring for your Bummi’s” page that too much detergent can make your diapers stink (I haven’t had this problem yet) and make them ineffective (ie. diapers not absorbent, covers not leak-proof). Perhaps I have been using too much detergent?
So, yesterday, I went through the process detailed above (a wash cycle only, then a wash with baking soda and vinegar, then a rinse again). They seem a little bit better today, but still fairly leaky. Not like how they were when I first got them a couple months ago.
And at long last, the question…
Has anyone else had a problem like this with their covers, and were you able to fix it? What did you do? And which detergents do you find work well with your cloth diapers and covers? Please, help me save my precious diaper covers!
My son’s bottom and my overflowing laundry hamper thank you profusely. 🙂