After two weeks of disposables while away from home, we're back into cloth diapers. What am I greeted with on the first overnight? Stink. Not awful stink like I used to have, but enough to encourage me to keep up the vigilance.
I recognize that in the week before we left, I was doing fewer rinses on the diapers in an effort to speed along the laundry process. Perhaps that is what has done us in. However, considering today, maybe it's not related. N did not wake up with a horribly stinky diaper. I changed it halfway through the night, though, so that may have made the difference there. E's diaper, on the other hand, nearly knocked me over with the smell. I think that is mostly due to her 3 yo body chemistry, as sometimes her diapers stink, and sometimes not.
I also have been inconsistent in rinsing the diapers prior to putting them in the diaper pail. The stink has been less frequent since beginning my rinsing endeavor, but I'm not sure that I can attribute the improvement to that addition to my routine.
Even though I believe that sunning the diapers made a big difference in getting the stink out last time, the reality of my situation is that once the colder months hit, there is no sunning diapers outside. I need to find a solution to keeping the ammonia stink from developing in the first place.
Here is my next step in my investigation: detergent.
I decided to go ahead and purchase some samples of Rockin Green in Hard Rock. I ordered one sample packet of each scent, and I'm looking forward to giving it a try. (I love that they offer samples!)
I still a bottle and a half of liquid planet detergent, and 2 un-openned boxes of country save detergent. I'm not sure what I'll do if I find that Rockin Green is my diaper-saver. Do a happy dance? Yes, I think that's a good option!