Every once in a while my cloth diaper microfiber inserts start to stink. I’ve found a great method to get the stink out – it’s even kind of fun, especially for kids.
The Grape Stomp Method
For Stripping Cloth Diaper Inserts
This method works best if you have average or soft water. I’ve found that using this method, I only need to strip my inserts once every 3 months.
Things You’ll Need:
- Stinky microfiber inserts
- Bath tub
- White distilled vinegar (about ½ gallon)
- Baking Soda (optional)
Lay your microfiber inserts in a single layer in the tub. If you’re like me and have a lot of inserts, you can do two layers.
Pour a ridiculous amount of vinegar on top of the inserts – about half a gallon. Add enough hot water to just cover the inserts. Hint: If they start floating, you’ve added enough water. Optional: Add 4-6 tablespoons of baking soda. (If your kids are helping, this is a fun step for them to do.)
Take off your socks and roll up your pants.
Channel Lucille Ball and stomp your cloth diaper inserts for several minutes.
Microfiber contains lots of tiny air pockets which trap stink. All the stomping action ensures that the vinegar gets into those tiny pockets to full sanitize the insert. As you stomp your diapers, you’ll feel the air squish in and out of the inserts.
If your kids are helping with this step, make sure the water is not too hot. If it is too hot for their skin during this step, you can wait until Step 6 or Step 7 for the water to cool so they can help with the stomping.
Let you diapers continue to soak in the tub for 1 hour.
Stomp the inserts again for several minutes.
Drain the tub and refill it with warm water. Stomp the inserts for two minutes. Drain the water and repeat twice. You want to make sure all of the vinegar is rinsed from the microfiber, otherwise it can make stink issues worse.
Run the microfiber inserts through a hot or extra hot rinse cycle in the washing machine just to be sure all the vinegar is rinsed out. Alternatively, you can just run them through your regular wash routine if you have other cloth diapers to wash. Dry as normal.
Depending on use, your microfiber inserts should remain stink-free for 2-3 months.
This method does take some time, but is a good way to battle the stinkies and extend the life of your cloth diaper stash for minimal cost.