Amonia burn?

We have been cloth diapering for over a year and a half. Now, I would not call myself an expert at all. There are lots of things that I do not know about cloth diapers. I do however know all about what I choose to use. Up until three weeks ago, everything was fabulous.
We moved in October. Prior to this we were using a laundry room to wash our clothes. Similar to a laundry mat, except in walking distance. To wash our diapers while we lived there I did two washes. One cold water wash, followed by a hot water wash with detergent. I had to do this because you do not have control over the cycles in this type of setting. For over a year this worked fine.

Then we moved.

Now there is a washer and dryer in our home. That means that if I just want to run a rinse cycle I can. I have been on a crazy “trying to save as much energy as possible and decrease the energy bill” kick. Well I thought that maybe I could decrease some of the washing cycles on the diapers, since right now I am washing every other day. Little did I know that was a big mistake.

The AIO (all in one) diapers have always seemed a little more difficult to clean. More water more washing. We mostly use prefolds, but on the go, AIO’s a nice. Just in case you don’t know, you change them exactly like a disposable diaper. No stuffing, fitting, or folding. So when I decreased the cold water wash to just a cold water rinse the ammonia started building up in the AIO diapers.
I didn’t know such a thing existed. All I had ever heard people say about cloth is that they can get mineral buildup and cause odors. I have never had this problem. Not once. So maybe I thought I was a cloth diapering god genius or something. Nope. Not. So. Much.

Not to be graphic but, my DD woke up with fluid filled blisters. So, so, sad. Before figuring it out we went back to using mostly prefolds, and she got better. (I didn’t realize that was what we did until a few days ago.) I also gave her a lot of free bum time. (Which also helps with potty training anyway) Then came Friday morning.

She was worse.

That is when I decided it wasn’t her.

After searching the Internet I turned up ammonia burn. Yikes! That just sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Saturday my babies wore disposables. I washed every diaper in the house FOUR TIMES. Mostly all cycles with just water. I did all the AIO’s together so they could get extra washes and extra rinses, as I think they are the problem. I believe that they are the culprit as cotton tends not to hold on to the ammonia, which is what prefolds are made of.

Saturday night we were back to our cloth and just did a prefold for night time on DD. Sunday she woke up fine. No new injuries. fingers crossed that it is all worked out.

Have you ever had to deal with ammonia burn? What did you do? What worked what didn’t?


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