Uses for Dawn Dish Detergent. I use the Dawn detergent on any spot on any washable item, then throw down my laundry chute. After washing though, the diapers smell fine. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere better. But you know what? The stains were gone and the carpet looks new again. I am currently using Tide and still having to battle the smell after even adding more water to each wash cycle.
In my experience, diapers that smell awful as soon as the child pees in them have detergent buildup and need to be stripped.
How to Strip Cloth Diapers – Part 2
Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush. It may get the stain out but will create a bigger dirt problem in the end. And getting the stink out of cloth diapers is one of them! I am at a loss feel like I have tried everything. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Not ammonia, not odors, not mineral or detergent buildup.