Funky Fuzzi Bunz

March 15, 2011

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Fuzzi Bunz have been one of my favorite cloth diapering systems for a few years now. But recently I started having a problem with my FB’s that I’ve never had before:

Funky smells and leaking

After a bit of detective work I discovered that the leaking was entirely my fault.

2010 November 12,Skunk.
Creative Commons License photo credit: gardener41

(this, my friends, is a skunk.)

I used diaper rash cream on my little one’s backside when she had a bit of rash a couple months ago.

(Right around when she got her first two teeth, and had some runny stools. When Doctors and experts say that “teething has no symptoms”, I throw my head back and laugh because every.single.time one of my babies got a tooth, they had runny noses, fussiness and runny stools (from the extra nursing or extra slobber, I don’t know).

Apparently, you’re not supposed to use the stuff with Fuzzi Bunz because it doesn’t wash out. When I hold my FB’s up to the light, I can see little round areas where the diaper rash cream never washed out.

After a bit of research I found that the super funky smell was likely detergent buildup.

Which I find hard to believe, since I have only ever used Charlie’s soap for diapers. I do a cold rinse, then a hot wash with about a tablespoon of Charlie’s (less than the tiny scoop that comes in the container). My diapers always come clean, and a few hours in the sun takes care of any stain.

After a little Googling, I discover an activity called “Stripping Your Fuzzi Bunz”.

Don’t adjust your browsers. This is still a family-friendly site.

Stripping your Fuzzi Bunz involves washing them over and over and over and over in hot hot water. Some folks say you should use a harsh detergent like Tide, or a squirt of Dawn dish soap. Some folks say you use no soap or detergent at all. Some advocate baking soda or vinegar in various combinations.

I opted to use some of those free Tide samples I have had sitting in my laundry room for a couple years now. (We use homemade laundry detergent on clothing, and as I already mentioned, Charlie’s for diapers.)

I squirted in two packets of Tide and washed the diapers as usual. Then I did about 4 hot rinses and dried them normally.

So far no funky smell or leaking.

I still don’t get why I had to do this in the first place. I could understand it if I overused detergent. (For instance, once I bought a lot of Fuzzi Bunz from a perfectly nice woman on Craigslist. When I got they they were so oversoaked with leftover detergent that when I washed them before using, the washer foamed up like something out of an old I Love Lucy episode.)

But I don’t.

Any ideas on why you would have funky stinky and leaking Fuzzi Bunz?

Is that just the nature of the microfiber? Maybe I will switch to using prefolds as stuffers instead. Why didn’t I have this problem with my last diapered baby? (Or has the sleep deprivation and such rendered my memory useless?)

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One Response to “Funky Fuzzi Bunz”

  1. Melissa on March 23rd, 2011 2:30 pm

    I have been using fuzzibunz for almost 2 months without any issues. There have been a few minor leaks, but those were my fault not the diaper’s fault…forgetful mama who didn’t change her like she should (sometimes I forget with the fuzzibunz). oops. I haven’t had any issues as of yet, but perhaps it is too early to tell?? My usual cycle is a cold wash and cold rinse (a setting on my washer but just a cold rinse should suffice), then a hot wash followed by a cold rinse (again a setting on my washer) with 1 scoop Charlie’s soap, 2-3 scoops using the charlie’s soap scoop of baking soda, 1/4 cup vinegar, then I will do a cold rinse (or sometimes the cold wash and cold rinse). I buy the soda and vinegar from Costco. Perhaps it’s a little bit of overkill but it seems to work. The extra rinse cycle at the end helps get out any of the leftover detergent, baking soda and vinegar. I didn’t see that you do that, so perhaps you can add an extra rinse at the end? My little girl is almost 4 months old and is exclusively breastfed, so I can’t attest to how it will be when she begin solids. So for right now, this works for me and I’ll continue until I notice any problems. Also for diaper rash…you might want to try earth angel baby mama, if you have to use it at all. It’s an all natural diaper rash cream that seems to work wonders. One mom wrote a review and said it works well with cloth diapers. Good luck!

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