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Repelling and Leaking!

I am currently using Softbums with microfiber/microfleece inserts and have had no absorbancy problems for months. I recently switched to Rockin green (hard rock) and it worked great, less elbow grease needed compared to the free and clear detergent i was using. After about 2 weeks i noticed alot of leaks throughout the day and when i checked i realized there were some serios repelling issues. The liquid would not absorb into the insert at all. I also noticed a slightly red butt on my lil guy which i have never had before either.

Any suggestions on getting my diapers to absorb again and why this is happening? I was so happy with the detergents cleaning that i would hate to think it may be the cause and i need to stop using it. I would also like to add that i have hard water and only use 2 tbsp of detergent and rinse until i see no more sudds (usually twice).
Please help. I had already ordered 2 more before i noticed this problem.
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  • Hi Anna,

    What is your zip code? Do you have a front loader or top loader? And how many diapers are you washing per load? Let me know and we will get to work on this!

    Marci
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  • My zip is 10541. I have town water which i believe is hard. I have a top loader. I usually wash about 10-14 pods and 4 shells at a time. I didnt have any repelling issues w the f&c detergent either but the rockin green cleaned so much better! Please help, i dont want to have to throw them out.
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  • If you are washing between 10-14 diapers, I would say cut back on the amount of detergent you are using. Usually we recommend 2-3Tbsp for 15-20 complete diapers on a large load setting, but for less than that, using 1Tbsp should work fine.
    To get rid of the repelling, you can soak in hot water and then rinse rinse rinse until the diapers start to absorb again, or you can do a dawn strip and rinse rinse rinse until there are no more bubbles. Either way, rinsing is going to be the key to getting them to absorb again. Let me know if you have further questions about the process!

    Marci
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  • regular/unconcentrated dawn 14 oz container. i think it costs $1 at walmart. look on the bottom shelf. you need 1 tbsp for a top loader. is your top loader high efficiency?
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  • I tried this but it didnt work :-( I am now trying rlr and i really hope it works. Should i stop using rockin green? Will this keep happening? I have been cloth diapering for 3 months and never had a problem until i swtched detergents.
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  • dawn should have worked. you may need to do it a few times.

    i switched from charlie's soap to rockin green b/c i was having these problems when i had a front loader.

    are you using any diaper creams? if so, you may need to literally scrub the diapers with dawn using a coarse brush. you could have buildup that has been going on for months. it happened to me when i had a front loader and a baby that still needed diaper cream. it's tedious but you will definitely get rid of the repelling issues.

    if you have a high efficiency top loader, you may not be getting a whole lot of water in the tub. put the diapers on a rinse only cycle initially to increase the weight and add more water.

    set the thermostat on your hot water heater to super hot, wait 24 hr and try again.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I used dawn 2x, first i just added it to the washing machine but that didnt work so i then scrubbed each of them in the sink w a brush and then put them in the washing machine and rinsed a ton of times. It still didnt work! :-( I am trying rlr and have heard great things about it so i really hope it works because if not i quit! I am still rinsing the rlr but have high hopes. I didnt have any problems until i switched to rockin green :-( which cleaned so so well. I have a regular top loader, not he. My water is super super hot i cant even put my hand under it! Luckily he has never had diaper rash (knock on wood) but we only use grandma els and its extremely rare, once in a while at bedtime when he hasnt pooped in a while i put it on as a preventative. If rlr works will i have to stop using rockin green? I do think i mustve been using too much because i used the recommended amount but only washed 10/15 pods and 4/5 shells at a time. Oh and my cloth wipes as well. If rlr doesnt work i quit! Ive been trying to fix these for over a week now! :-( i wish someone would just take them away and bring em back fixed.
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  • Anna,

    Considering the amount you were using, it will probably require a lot of rinsing. If the rlr does work, you can keep using the Rockin' Green, just less of it. Soaking in hot water for hours will also help. If you soak your diapers in hot water overnight, that will definitely help loosen up whatever is still clogging them up. Let me know how the rlr works, and if you want to email me directly at guru@rockingreensoap.com we can continue to work on this together!

    Marci
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  • I don't know if this will help at all but I have encountered a very similar situation and I hope that what worked for us will work for you as well.

    We noticed that my daughters diapers were leaking like crazy and she also developed a red burn-like rash on her bottom. We just started using cloth diapers on Friday because we have been encountering issues with disposables and just decided that we weren't messing around anymore!

    The first time we washed everything with 1/2 Tbsp of RG and rinsed an additional 2 times (beyond the rinse cycle included as part of the wash cycle). We also have a front load washer (LG). All diapers worked with minimal leaking, and we were expecting some leakage because they were new diapers and we didn't go crazy priming them. After the second wash is where things went awry! No amount of coconut oil or Grandma El's could save my daughters bum and I couldn't figure out how this could be happening with the cloth diapers too!

    After some thought, I decided that her rash was more like a chemical burn than anything else and I began to narrow down the suspects. Either the pads weren't rinsing clean and the detergent was right up against her skin, or they weren't absorbing anymore and were instead repelling so her urine was burning her skin. I looked into both Grandma El's and coconut oil to verify that they were in fact cloth diaper safe, and there was no special ritualistic song and dance necessary to clean them out of the diapers (if you are wondering, there is nothing special you need to do. Both should rinse out in a normal wash...but again, we have front loaders so you may need to "strip" the diapers and pads from time to time).

    I decided to try hand-rinsing the inserts first, because they didn't feel right to me. I did that, dried them...that didn't work. Then I took one of the pads and put it under a running faucet and to my surprise, the water bounced back at me! I wasn't ready to give up on the RG because I had washed my husbands stinky pillow that morning (he would kill me for telling anyone this!) and the RG took out the sweat stains and stink! More than any other laundry detergent had every done for that pitiful pillow!!! Ok, sorry, back to the diapers...

    **Problem #1**

    I don't know about anyone else, but I know that we are not exactly consistent about our monthly tub clean cycles. A few months ago, we had to do some serious work to get all of the built up soap scum and residue out from between the drums and below the soap dispenser drawer because we couldn't get a rinse without soap bubbles, and the whole washer kinda smelled funny. What worked for that was a cup of CLR ran on a hot wash setting, adding additional water to the cycle. We removed the residue from under the dispenser drawer with good old fashioned elbow grease and a brush.

    **Problem #2**

    Stripping a diaper in theory sounds very simple. I saw the posting above about literally scrubbing the diaper with the dawn, and wanted to add one teeny tiny detail. We have all pocket diapers, and some of them are softbums, like you. All of our diapers were causing trouble, but again, not until after the 2nd wash. While I was stripping the diapers, I rinsed them and then put some water where the insert goes to rinse some more, but the water stayed between the 2 layers before slowly leaking out through the edges. I decided to turn the pockets inside out and strip them, and in my two softbums shells, I got a whiff of an awfully terrible smell (I assume ammonia). After turning them inside out and stripping both sides of the fleece liner, I washed them in my freshly cleaned front loader, inside out. When that cycle was done, I flipped them right side out and did another rinse just to be certain all soap was out. That rinse cycle rinsed clean and when the diapers came out of the dryer, they felt normal again.

    One day later, I am happy to report, no leaks or burns!!! Try cleaning out your washer and stripping both sides of the pocket before giving up on the RG! Hope this helps!!!
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  • Ok so it DID NOT work!! Im at the end of my rope here. We do not have a front loader and i do not have pocked diapers either. And they have never smelled either.
    How many should i put in the machine at a time with the rlr? Is it possible that there is residue in my top loader or dryer? I did everything everyone has suggested and they are still leaking. I dont know what to do now :-(
    If there is a cloth diaper company in the NY/CT area that will strip them for me im game. Or maybe i can send them somewhere and someone can strip them for me?
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  • thanks so much for asking this question and answering it! I have had the same problem!!
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