Bummis Super Whisper Wrap
This is a state of the art Aplix-closing cloth diaper cover made from a super resistant waterproof laminate sandwiched between two layers of a soft polyester knit. Attractive and comfortable, this fabric can withstand even the rigors of industrial washing and drying. The generous cut of this cover by Bummis makes it suitable for any type of prefold or fitted diaper.
Special features of the Super Whisper Wrap:
- Very adjustable. The Aplix closures have an innovative overlap design that ensures a custom fit on any baby.
- A durable, heavy-duty elastic around legs and tummy which will not wear out with repeated industrial washes.
- Soft, smooth polyester knit bindings for a comfortable, stretchy fit, and a leakproof seal.
Wash and dry at normal temperatures in washer and dryer. Please avoid fabric softeners, chlorine bleach, or any other whitening agents
Detergent 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?
Detergent 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 cloth 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!
Knowing 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 studies: www.charliesoap.com/research_5.htm or http://countrysave.com/announce.php
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:
What problems can a detergent residue cause?
The list is long and includes the following:
This can 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?
There are two ways that residue can cause wicking.
REPELLING: This is an issue for diapers. If cloth 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 cloth diapers or cloth diaper 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.
RASHES: 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 detergent residue...
So what do I use... or not use?
Bummis recommends using detergents that are additive free and leave zero residue and can be used at the recommended amount. These include
Many 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 basic detergents.
Detergents that have shown up often in our troubleshooting efforts as possibly causing residues are:
Help! I have detergent residue on my 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: