Guest Post by Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker
*A note from Emily: I am so grateful to have this guest post from Erin. Blair had a yeast rash when she was about a week old and I didn’t realize what it was at first. After asking for some advice on Facebook, several people responded that it could be a yeast infection. I had been using cloth on her because I thought that would help clear up the rash (usually true, but not with yeast), and so I had to disinfect my diapers before I could put them back on Blair. Erin sent me this post and I walked through the steps and it worked perfectly, and we’ve been back in cloth with no more yeast issues ever since! Thanks again Erin!
One of the reason I switched to cloth diapers almost two years ago was because my second baby battled a terrible diaper rash from birth. I had no idea until some time after converting to cloth that the terrible rash was really a yeast infection.
After doing some online research, I had mentioned to her doctor that I thought it may be yeast, but I never took her to the doctor when the outbreak was at the point where it could be diagnosed. It kept coming and going–even after I started using cloth diapers.
When my doctor finally diagnosed yeast (when my daughter was 5 months old!), I then realized I had to do a special sanitizing wash on my diapers to get rid of all the yeast! Let me tell you, I almost quit using cloth diapers over yeast!
Some of my friends have successfully gotten rid of yeast in their diapers without ever having to switch to disposables in the meantime. Some people simply use pre-folds that they do not mind throwing away once infected.
I’ll be honest: I pulled out the disposables. (And not even the green ones…my frugal side came out, and I opted for Luvs or Target brand while we were battling the yeast monster!)
Before putting my baby back into cloth diapers, I made sure her yeast infection had been cleared for a full two weeks (I was extra cautious!), and I disinfected my diapers. I actually call this my “disinfecting strip” because it’s a combination of both stripping and disinfecting my diapers at the same time.
How To Disinfect Cloth Diapers After a Yeast Infection
Supplies needed: oxygen bleach, tea tree oil, blue Dawn dish detergent, the sun
2. In the morning, add tea tree oil and a big squirt of blue original Dawn dish detergent to your wash. I would use no more than 2 drops of tea tree oil in a front loader and no more than 4 drops of tea tree oil in a top loader. You will need to add it to the detergent compartment for a front loader. If you use too much oil, your diapers may repel (believe me, I know!).
3. Wash on HOT. (I turn my hot water heater up as high as it goes!)
4. Run your diapers through about 3 rinse cycles after they have finished washing. Rinse until you see no more bubbles. (Just as your would with a regular strip.)
5. Lay your diapers out in the full sun. (No shade!)
Note: You will also need to do this special wash with your cloth wipes, so go ahead and throw everything in the machine together!
Dealing with yeast in cloth diapers can be a huge pain. But you will get through this! I really almost gave up cloth altogether.
But you know what? Now I’m glad I dealt with yeast. It helps me help other moms.
Has your child every had a yeast rash? How did you get the yeast out of your diapers?
Bio: Erin is a Jesus-loving, cloth diapering, natural birthing, (mostly) real-food eating, breastfeeding natural wife and mama to three little redheaded girls. She writes for her local newspaper, blogs about her far-from-perfect homemaking at The Humbled Homemaker and edits eBooks at Your eBook Resource.
Top Photo Credit: Simplyla on Flickr
Read More About Cloth Diapers on Live Renewed:
- The Basics of Using Cloth Diapers
- Using Cloth Diapers Day to Day
- How to Cloth Diaper a Newborn: Where to Begin
- Cloth Diapering a Newborn: Prefolds, Fitteds & Covers
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