Fit needs adjustment/ poor fit – If your diaper is leaking, ensure that your diaper is on securely- especially around the legs. See Rabbit Ears

Moisture wicking onto clothing – Leaks can occur if your inserts are sticking out of your cover. Ensure that inserts are tucked in securely (especially around the legs and at the back)

Leaking and the diaper/ insert is not wet – The other thing is that your diaper/ insert may be repelling moisture. Repelling can be cause by a number or things- diaper rash creams, detergent build up. You will need to ‘strip’ your diapers.

Leaking and the diaper/ insert is soaked – If you are changing frequently and your baby is soaking and overflowing the diaper, you may need a booster/ doubler to increase the absorbency of your diaper.


If your diapers smell strongly of Ammonia it is time to strip your diapers and tweak your laundry routine. Consider adding more water to your wash routine or reducing the amount of detergent.

If you diapers smell like a barnyard it is time to Strip and tweak your laundry routine. Consider increasing your detergent amount.


An internet search on ‘stripping cloth diapers’ leads to many results and suggestions that include everything from boiling to using dish washing liquid.

Many of these things sometimes work, and are labour intensive and can potentially destroy your diapers- especially the PUL, elastics and snaps.

Stripping can be as simple as running several rinses (with no detergent ) in your washing machine. That you need stripping is an indicator that your wash routine needs a bit of reworking. See Suggestions on how to adjust your laundry routine.

We recommend using The Laundry Tarts Strip it to strip your diapers. Not only are they a lot less work than boiling all your diapers at your kitchen stove, it is gentler and more effective way to be rid of residues.