FuzziBunz are one of my favorite cloth diapering systems. But recently I started having a problem with my FB’s that I’ve never had before:
Smelly Leaky FuzziBunz
After a bit of detective work I discovered that the leaking was entirely my fault.
I used diaper rash cream on my little one’s backside when she had a bit of rash a couple months ago. Apparently, you’re not supposed to use the stuff with FuzziBunz because it doesn’t wash out. When I hold my FB’s up to the light, I can see little round areas where the diaper rash cream never washed out.
After a bit of research I found that the super funky smell was likely detergent buildup.
Which I find hard to believe, since I have only ever used Charlie’s soap for diapers. I do a cold rinse, then a hot wash with about a tablespoon of Charlie’s (less than the tiny scoop that comes in the container). My diapers always come clean, and a few hours in the sun takes care of any stain.
After a little Googling, I discover an activity called “Stripping Your FuzziBunz”.
Don’t adjust your browsers. This is still a family-friendly site.
Stripping your FuzziBunz takes care of smelly, leaky issues. It involves washing the diapers several times in hot water. Some folks say you should use a harsh detergent like Tide, or a squirt of Dawn dish soap. Some folks say you use no soap or detergent at all. Some advocate baking soda or vinegar in various combinations.
I opted to use some of those free Tide samples I have had sitting in my laundry room for a couple years now.
I squirted in two packets of Tide and washed the diapers as usual. Then I did about 4 hot rinses and dried them normally.
So far no funky smell or leaking.
I still don’t get why I had to do this in the first place. I could understand it if I overused detergent. (For instance, once I bought a lot of FuzziBunz from a perfectly nice woman on Craigslist. When I got them, they were so soaked with leftover detergent that when I washed them, the washer foamed up like something out of an old I Love Lucy episode.)
But I don’t.
Any ideas on what causes smelly and leaky FuzziBunz?
Is that just the nature of the microfiber? Maybe I will switch to using prefolds as inserts instead of microfiber ones. Why didn’t I have this problem with my last diapered baby? (Or has the sleep deprivation and such rendered my memory useless?)