Friday, January 21, 2011

Remove diaper stains naturally...With the power of the sun!

If there's one thing that bothers a cloth diapering mama, it's when her diapers get stained!  I've seen it time and time again, you get a new diaper you've been waiting to try on your new little one and it never fails, it gets all stained up!

There's no real definitive explanation as to why some families have to battle cloth diaper stains more than others, it just happens.  Could be the type of water they use, the detergent, what they eat, what the baby eats or how you store your diapers until laundry day.

Truth is, stains happen and they're nothing to be sad or mad about.  While stains can be unsightly the good thing is that they're almost always INSIDE the diaper where they won't be seen by anyone but you and they NEVER affect how the diaper functions.  Granted they could affect the resale value of your diapers if you intend on re-selling them when you're done, but for the most part stains are nothing to worry about.

So what should you do to treat stains?  Try sunning them out!  This is not just some crazy eco, hippie, natural method, it's actually a method that works and it works the best as far as I am concerned.

The best part, you don't even need direct sunlight, which I know is an issue for a lot of parts of the country.  UV rays even on cloudy, rainy days can still get the stains out of your diapers.

Recently there was a great post about sunning and stains on the I Love Cloth Diapers Blog titled "Sunning your diapers in the rain!"  Heather's informative post and experiment, with pictures, proves the power of mother nature is a force to be reckoned with.

The bottom line is, before you try harsh chemicals or detergents try treating your stains naturally with the uv rays from the sun, it's free!  Try starting with 30 minutes and see what your results are.  On cloudy days you might need to leave them longer.  On freezing cold or snowy days, try sunning them inside on a window sill or on the dashboard of your car!

Do you have an experience with successfully sunning your diapers?  We'd love to hear from you!  Leave your comments below or post them to our FaceBook Page!

1 comment:

  1. Sunning in the rain? Never thought that would have worked! Thanks for sharing the link!