Bummis Super Brite Diaper Covers
Wow! Here is yet another
great cloth diaper cover from Bummis!
This brand new SUPER BRITE was designed to ensure a perfectly diapered fit
even for those long, skinny babies that need a little extra protection around
the leg. This gusseted cover closes all the gaps! You will find the fit of this cloth diaper cover like no other the gusset with lycra binding is an innovative
design that wraps softly around baby's leg with a lot less bulk than normal
gussets. The result is a very trim and beautiful cloth diaper cover. And no elastic to
leave marks on baby's tender skin - only soft form-fitting lycra.
The SUPER BRITE is
lightweight and waterproof. It consists of one single layer of polyester
with a wipe-clean laminated interior. This is a fabric made especially for
Bummis by their own local suppliers. Not only is it a fabric of amazing
quality, but you can be 100% certain that it adheres as well to stringent
environmental and toxicity standards. It is cut and sewn in Bummis own factory
in Montreal so that they are assured of good quality and fair labor practices.
The SUPER BRITE is designed to function well with any type of cloth diaper; flat or form-fitted. It comes in a funky print in 4 crazy colors, plus white.
NEWBORN: 4-9 lbs
SMALL: 8-16 lbs
MEDIUM: 15-30 lbs
LARGE: 27-36 lbs
Washing and Usage Information:Diaper covers can be re-used until soiled or smelly.
Simply rinse off any urine residue and air dry in between uses.
Rotate your cloth diaper covers after each change.
Can be washed in hot or
warm water and dried ar a regular setting in the dryer. Do not overdry.
close the Aplix closures before washing
Don't use bleach or whitening agents. They will breakdown the fibers of your cloth diapers and diaper covers and are also very harsh on your baby's skin and the environment
Never soak your covers! This will interfere with their waterproof qualities.
residue can lead to problems with your diaper covers. Please review this
information by Bummis if you are having problems with your covers or if you
would like to prevent problems.
What is Detergent Residue?
residue is a film left on fabric by detergent. Detergent residue builds up on
all items that are laundered - clothes, bedding, etc. But usually you will
notice it only when dealing with a fabric that is supposed to be either
waterproof or absorbent. Bummis has been making diaper covers for almost 20
years now, but the problem of detergent residue is a new one. Over the
past year, it seems that more and more detergent manufacturers are adding extra
ingredients to their formulas in order to differentiate their products and
brands. This has led to a surge in the number of calls we receive from
those who use our products, about wicking and leaking that ultimately end up
being the result of detergent residue. This is a widespread issue
throughout the cloth diapering industry.
So how do
you pick a detergent? If you are lucky enough to have packaging that lists
the ingredients - the shorter the list, the less chance that the detergent
contains problematic additives. Price is not an issue, as some cheap
detergents work better than their more expensive counterparts. The focus
is to find a detergent that does not leave a residue. We recommend
detergents that have been shown to leave no residue including Charlie's Soap,
Sensi-clean and Countrysave. These detergents contain virtually no
additives and will not leave a residue even when you use the amount they
recommend or more!
which detergents are not
good is a bigger problem. Manufacturers are changing their formulas all
the time. Differences in water quality and washing machines can affect the
performance of diaper covers and make it difficult to isolate the culprit. For
example, some additive ridden detergents will prove problematic for one family,
but seem to pose no issues for the next. The amount of detergent used may be
different, as may the ratio of detergent to water; they may have used more
water, softer water, or harder water you get the idea! There are so many
factors that can influence whether a detergent leaves residue or not and to what
degree. Cautionary words that can warn you of additives include brighter, and whiter. But if you choose a detergent with no residue, you know you are
safe! Check out these two sites for more information about residue
What additives should I look out for?
Because there are so many additives (both natural and synthetic) that can cause problems with fabrics, it is impossible to list them all here. However, here are some to look out for:
- Fabric softeners.
These are relatively easy to avoid as added fabric softeners are normally
clearly marked on packaging. These will cause wicking and repelling on
most waterproof fabrics- actually on all fabrics, including cotton diapers!
Sometimes the only indications that these have been added are words like brighter, whiter, or cleaner. These are normally optical
brighteners. Optical brighteners, also called optical bleaches or fluorescent
whitening agents, are fluorescent white dyes (sometimes referred to as
crystals) that absorb ultraviolet light and emit back visible blue light. This
gives the impression that clothes are brighter and cleaner. In actual fact
these can cause leaking and wicking as well as skin irritations. MANY
detergents contain this nasty additive, which has also been identified as
being toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Some are also capable of causing
mutations in bacteria. They are also very slow to biodegrade into
their less harmful component parts and can cause eye and skin reactions in
humans. Research is being conducted to determine the extent of optical
brighteners in the environment and their subsequent damage to animal health.
- Stain Guards.
Again these are usually (but not always) easy to find, as companies often list
them as an advantage. Mentions of stain repelling, protection or guards are clear warnings that this additive is
present. They too will coat fibers.
- Natural Additives.
Natural additives are most likely in the form of oils. Like chemical
additives, they do not always cause a problem- but with time, the oils can
build up, leading to wicking, leaking and repelling. Examples include
orange oil, citrus extract, grapeseed extract and other oils.
- Natural Soaps.
In actuality all soaps are natural, which is what sets them apart from
detergents. The problem with soap is that the minerals in water react
with those in soap, creating an insoluble film. This film can leave a residue
and turn clothes grayish. Dr. Bronners is an example of a natural soap that
can cause a residue problem.
problems can a detergent residue cause?
The list is
long and includes the following:
- Wicking and leaking
- Repelling beading of liquid
- Stinky diapers or covers
- Skin rashes
- Yellowing of white fabrics
happen quickly if the diapering products are washed with high ratio of detergent
to water right from the start... even within a couple of weeks you can see a
problem. More commonly, it will take a couple of months before you
experience any problems
WICKING & LEAKING:
Wicking is the spreading of fluid across a fabric. How does that residue
cause waterproofing to wick?
two ways that residue can cause wicking.
- One way is
that the detergents leave a film on the cloth diaper cover which works as a transport for
the liquid to travel along the inside of the cover, along to the edges then
across the front. It appears like the fluid went right through the cover
but it actually went around!
- The second
way is that a cloth diaper cover with a laminate works by not allowing a whole water
molecule to pass through the membrane and one possible way this is done is
through water tension. The water molecules bind to each other and do not
penetrate fabric. Detergents have wetting agents that break water
tension, which allows the detergent to dissolve and disperse and allows
clothes to get cleaner. When residue from detergent is left on the covers, the
fluid loses its water tension and can saturate the fabric. This appears as a
general wetness of the cover, not a specific leak like at the thighs or tummy.
Unfortunately, most people will assume their covers are worn out or defective
before realizing that they have a detergent residue problem a problem that
can usually be remedied!
REPELLING: This is an issue for cloth diapers. If diaper fabric fibers get coated in detergent residue they will begin repelling the urine like a duck's plumage repels water. Residue is not the only culprit here, but it is a common one that can be remedied.
STINKY DIAPERS: There are numerous causes of stinky diapers or covers, detergent residue being among them. This is because the residue will trap or bind the odor to the fabric. With our diaper covers, detergent residue is the number one reason that the product may smell. Luckily, residue can be removed- in a process you might hear referred to as stripping.
As can be expected, if your cloth diapers are covered with a chemical residue, they
can be expected to cause skin irritation in babies with sensitive skin.
YELLOWING OR GRAYING OF WHITES:
Notice your whites aren't very white any more? The most common cause is
So what do I use... or not use?
recommends using detergents that are additive free and leave zero residue and
can be used at the recommended amount. These include
This is not actually soap but a detergent. The liquid leaves zero
residue and is cost effective. The powder has not been tested.
Also sold as Sports Wash.
Save - tested in powder form (www.countrysave.com)
- Detergents made up of mainly sodium carbonate or soda ash.
- In Canada,
use Claudia's Choices
without optical brighteners.
regular detergents when used in moderation will cause no problems for the
majority of people who use them and the products they wash with them. The key is
to use less detergent (at most the recommended amount) and more water.
Usually the really inexpensive detergents do not add so many additives because
they increase the cost of the detergent. Thus they are less likely to leave a
residue. Examples would be Sun, Clout, Windfresh and most generic no-name
that have shown up often in our troubleshooting efforts as possibly causing
- All Free and Clear. The free and clear actually refers to dust mites -
and as such the detergent has a ton of additives to rid the fabric of
- Some versions of Bio-Kleen.
- 7th Generation
- Dreft and other baby detergents, including Ivory Snow.
- Dr. Bronner's and other soaps with certain natural additives.
Help! I have detergent residue on my cloth diaper covers! What do I do now?
The good news is that products that have been damaged by detergent residue can usually be saved! If the residue is not too extensive, it can often be resolved by doing a couple hot water rinses with no detergent, then throwing the covers in the dryer.
If this does not resolve the issue, a more intense stripping may be necessary. Repeat the following process twice:
- Run your covers and diapers through a wash with only hot water (if allowed by manufacturer's washing instructions).
- Run a second wash using 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar in this second wash.
- 1/2 cup vinegar again in first rinse cycle.
- Run a second rinse cycle with plain hot water.
- Dry cloth diaper covers in dryer.