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Help! My NB diapers smell like ammonia

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  Quote ChrisOR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Help! My NB diapers smell like ammonia
    Posted: 25 Oct 2010 at 10:04pm
When my 4 week old wears a diaper for 3+ hours, I have smelled ammonia.  During the day, I change him every two hours, and sooner if he poops.  But if he's sleeping well, I don't change a wet diaper. 

Does ammonia smell mean he's just really wet and has been that way for quite awhile?  Or does it indicate a washing problem?  I just don't know.  Please advise!


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  Quote musicmama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Oct 2010 at 11:28pm
I think if it's a nb, then it's a washing problem.  Do you have hard water?  You may need something like Calgon to help it rinse the minerals away.  Or, it could be too much detergent, although I think that problem typically smells more like poop than ammonia.  Try adding an extra rinse using warm water, rather than cold.  Interesting problem though, IME, the nb. dipes really seem to stay clean pretty easily.  Even when my toddler dipes would have funk or ammonia, the nb. dipes that were washed at the same time rarely had any issues.  A night diaper occasionally does get ammonia, but my LO wears his night dipes for 10 hrs.
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  Quote bree Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Oct 2010 at 11:48pm
I was going to suggest the same thing - they're not getting clean enough. How often are you washing? How much detergent?
 
When Logan was only a few months old it was easier to get dipes clean. So I'd assume w/ a nb it'd be even easier.... in theory.
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  Quote stegmanjessica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Oct 2010 at 12:18am
My only diapers that have ammonia are my 26m/o night diapers...she wears the same diaper from 6:45pm-7:30am! All the rest of the diapers never stink like ammonia. Probably a wash issue, I'd say add a prerinse or more detergent/extra rinse on hot/warm. 
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  Quote ChrisOR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Oct 2010 at 1:57am
Well, that does help ... since my toddler dipes never had ammonia, but that was a different house on city water.  Now, I have well water which I suspect is hard water. 

Another thing that made me question this is that I'm using flats and prefitteds, so should be easy to clean, right?  Confused 

My routine :
-- wash every other day.  I just put the diapers in a dry pail, no pre-rinse.
-- Country Save (same detergent I used at my old house),  using the recommended amount for top-loaders (1/4 of the little cup it comes with).
-- Cold rinse, hot wash with detergent, followed with cold rinse plus another cold rinse. 

Do you think I need to use more detergent?  I'll try the warm rinse and Calgon.  How does Calgon work?  Is it added to the rinse cycle?  How much?
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  Quote bree Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Oct 2010 at 9:12am
I have a regular TLer and I buy the liquid calgon. I use a whole cap in with the detergent. It could for sure be the change in water. I hope you get it figured out soon!
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  Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Oct 2010 at 10:58am
I'd try more detergent and Calgon (in the wash). I fill the Calgon 1/2 way up to the line on the cap. Well water is a completely different beast and can be very tricky. I have had trouble getting our flats clean. I have to use a little bleach in almost every load, but I also have a toddler.
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  Quote ChrisOR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 2:39am
Another question about ammonia ... does it cause rashes?  DS has redness in his "crack" and leg "creases,"  but the skin on his belly looks good and clear. 

Boy am I glad I'm using natural fibers!  I can't imagine using anything else with well water!
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  Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 9:43am
Yes, it definitely causes rashes, but usually all over. In the cracks I would think it was something else- maybe wetness?
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