I Stripped my Cloth Diapers with RLR

rlr love or hateI have been battling with a constant rash with my “lil bam bam”. Every time he poops it’s a total guarantee that he will end up with a red bum. The rash/burn is horrible because he cries when I wipe him and it hurts him so much that he doesn’t even want me to hold him. He also walks funny because he is in pain, its horrible to see him this way. It only occurs with older pocket diapers we use not the “New Cloth Diapers“. So I either figure out what is wrong with him or with our cloth diapers but we need to get to the bottom of this. I wanted to start this weekend with a stripping so I have heard that RLR works great for “ammonia”, stinks, and buildup. Which its possible I have buildup since I do live in Texas and Texas has hard water. So here goes nothing at this point I’m willing to try anything. RLR is an unofficial way to get rid of buildup it is normally used for clothes but a lot of cloth diaper stores and mammas use it for cloth diapers. I was a bit skeptical to use it on my pocket diapers since they do have PUL, the last thing I want to do is ruin my diapers. I asked around and some mammas said it was “okay” to use it. A great friend of mine that is very knowledgeable in “cloth diapers” said to me “sporadic use hurt them”. I figured its worth a try so here is my experience so far I have washed them and they are currently waiting for the inserts to try to stuff my pockets I will come back and update this post to let you all know how the stripping went.

Here is a little background on RLR and how I did my wash.

What is RLRlaundry-detergent-RLR-Laundry-Treatment

RLR is NOT a soap or bleach.  It is a Special Treatment to remove dulling dried-in particles from fabric, leaving whites whiter and colors brighter.  During regular detergent washing, mineral deposits in the water, dirt and soil sediment, and residual matter from detergents all accumulate in the fabric causing it to look dingy.  RLR works by removing these particles from the clothing, holding them in suspension in the water and preventing redeposition so they rinse away leaving fabric looking like new.

Directions for Stripping Diapers: 

Open package and empty directly on dry, clean cloth diapers. Run a full wash/rinse cycle without detergent. Bubbles appear as the RLR strips the build up out of the diapers.  Continue to run rinse cycles until bubbles are not observed in the washer. Dry as usual.

RLR Laundry Treatment contains no phosphates, is bio-degradable and non-polluting.

My Experience

Short Video of me Stripping my Cloth Diaper Pocket Shells – Click on this Link


I started with clean diaper, I put ONLY pocket shells to strip first there was about 21 shells. I used 2 packets of RLR (yes I might have over done this part but I just really wanted to make sure my diapers got cleaned.) I started with a hot wash I let my washer fill up with water first, after that I then added the two packets of RLR. Keep in mind that RLR does not sud up a lot or at least not for me. I think I got more suds with my pocket shells then I did with my inserts as you can tell from my short video and this picture above. After that wash I did a second HOT wash to get any other suds out and after that I just did cold rinse cycles till suds were gone. I might have over done this step too but “hey rinsing doesn’t harm right” 🙂 Lastly I used my drying rack inside the house to dry them after smelling they smelled clean but had a very faint smell like RLR not sure if I was just being paranoid or what ?? so I tossed them in my dryer ** I have never put my pocket diapers inside a dryer** and that seemed to do the job. They do look brighter and smell clean. My inserts are in the dryer now and they definitely smell super clean no scent at all just clean. So I will be stuffing diapers all night and I will come back and update you all on how this stripping goes.

Hope this helps you with your stripping, I did a lot of researching and just decided to do it. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Comment Below.


How do you strip your diapers to get rid of ammonia/stink/buildup ??



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  1. Fortunately I have never had a problem with diaper stink, but I have heard great things about RLR.

  2. Where can you buy RLR? I may need to try this.

  3. I might need to use this on my son’s CDs! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I might have to try this. I think it’s time for me to strip. Can’t tell if I’m smelling the detergent fragrance or dirty diapers, but I smell something. Next time I’ll check the box better. Bad me for getting the fragrance instead of the original.

    • Sew Fatty says:

      Lol seriously me too Chana sometimes I second guess myself and think “okay is this a normal smell or what”? ill tell you how it goes !!

  5. ooo, I have only ever used Funk Rock, but this seems to be all the rage these days….

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