If you have used pure soap, fabric softeners or have hard water, you may find you need to remove the build-up these conditions leave behind in the fibers of your diapers. Also, if you wash natural fibers with synthetics or do not rinse all the detergent out of your diapers each time you wash, you may notice your fleece begins to repel or your diapers begin to leak. If your diapers start to stink, this can also be a sign that it it time to bring out the laundry big guns. The industry term for this process is called "stripping" your diapers.
So how can this be done? There are couple of different ways:
1. Take your clean diapers - not necessarily dry, but clean is important - and wash them on hot 2-3 times without detergent. You might want to turn up the mixing valve on your hot water heater for the day as well to make sure the water is nice and hot (please keep kids away from faucets if you do this.) Rinse them until the water runs clear and there are no suds left in the rinse water.
2. Wash your clean diapers on hot with a squirt of original Dawn dish liquid soap. Beware! If you own a high efficiency washing machine, Dawn dish washing liquid is NOT a low sudsing, HE approved detergent. Check with your washing machine manufacturer before choosing this method of stripping your diapers.