I thought I was washing in hot – I set my washer to the hot wash setting. I soaked in Rockin Green detergent and did extra rinses. But I still got ammonia stink! I was more than mildly frustrated – I was pissed! I think ammonia smell is one of the things that would make me quit cloth diapering if there wasn’t a cure.
I emailed Kim of Rockin’ Green and she was super helpful. The temperature of your hot wash determines how clean your diapers get. This is what she said to me:
I wholeheartedly believe that water temp is important to diaper washing. Hot water kills bacteria, which could be in your inserts causing stink problems.
So I investigated and discovered that my water temperature is too low and when it fills up the basin it switches from hot to cold water – making the water my dipes are washed in warm, not hot. One solution would be turning up the temp on my hot water heater, but I don’t want to risk Lizzie getting burned. So I simply reach behind the washer and turn off the cold water. I also turn on my bathtub before I wash my diapers to get the hot water flowing faster. I turn the cold water on after the basin is filled.
To rid my diapers of the ammonia I boiled water on the stove and added it to my washer, then soaked my diapers in Rockin Green overnight. That did it! Since I have hard water, calgon added to the main hot wash also helps it alot. I cannot wait for the hard rock formula from Rockin Green! It will be fabulous for my hard water.