Stripping Cloth Diapers with RLR is pretty easy. Many cloth diapering moms consider RLR to be a magical potion for restoring diapers to their original condition. RLR is not a bleach or bluing agent, and is not to be used as a disinfectant.
RLR Laundry Treatment removes detergent residue and mineral buildup from cloth diapers. On their 1950′s style packaging Cadie claims that RLR will remove detergent residue and wash it away. It works by basically removing all of the residue trapped within the fabric and suspending it in the water; the unwanted particles are prevented from being redeposited and are washed away in the rinse cycle.
We have never been able to locate an MSDS sheet from Cadie regarding the contents of RLR, but we do know that it contains sodium carbonate which we assume to be used mostly as a water softener and probably some sort of surfactant that would allow the build up to be removed.
Most moms that strip their cloth diapers use one of two approaches based really on whether they have regular access to a laundry machine, or the type of the laundry machine.
For parents with access to a top loading laundry machine we recommend putting the RLR into the laundry machine; for moms with a front loader we recommend considering soaking the cloth diapers in hot water in a laundry tub or bath tub for a few hours.
Steps for Stripping Cloth Diapers With RLR in a Top Loading Machine:
- Wash your cloth diapers with your usual routine. There is no need to dry them.
- Add the entire packet of RLR into your hot wash cycle without detergent or any other laundry additives.
- Rinse repeatedly with the highest water level possible until you have no more suds in your washer and the rinse water appears clear. Most moms will need to rinse at least three times.
Steps for Stripping Cloth Diapers With RLR in a Laundry Tub or Bath Tub:
- Wash your cloth diapers as normal. Drying them is not necessary, but it may make transporting them to your laundry tub or bathtub a little bit easier.
- Add the RLR to your tub. We recommend a packet per 20 diapers or so.
- Fill your tub at least 1/4 full with hot water.
- Let the cloth diapers soak in the RLR for a little while. We don’t recommend soaking the diapers over night although some parents do.
- Rinse the diapers in your washing machine with the highest possible water setting.
Stir the diapers a few times while they soak. We recommend soaking for no more than three hours because soaking can be very hard on elastics.Load your diapers into the washing machine and rinse them until there is no more suds and the water is very clear.
We recommend using one package of RLR per 25 diapers and not going through this process more than once a month as it’s very time consuming. We also recommend using warm to hot water for all of the rinse cycles you run; and there is absolutely no need for detergent while rinsing.