How to Remove Ammonia Odors From Baby Fabrics

How to Remove odors from baby fabrics

Baby odors and diaper rash are usually caused by residual urine that remains in clothing and diapers that were not fully washed. There are typically three signs of urine residue:

  • The fabric still smells like urine even after washing
  • The fabric smells clean, but has an ammonia odor when in contact with urine
  • Your child frequently has diaper rash when wearing cloth diapers – that’s the ammonia burning your baby’s skin

What's that smell?

In the body, ammonia is converted to urea and excreted. Once the urine is release, the urea begins converting back to ammonia, so a little bit of ammonia smell is normal. Now, residual urea and certain bacteria and enzymes increase the production of ammonia. So if there’s a strong ammonia odor after your baby urinates, that’s because of the residue in your diaper.

Use borax to get rid of ammonia odors

Borax helps stop the enzymes that increase ammonia production, and naturally prevents that ammonia odor from being created from your baby clothes, bedding, sleepwear, and diapers. All you have to do is add ½ cup of borax to the wash at the same time as your detergent, and you’re good to go.

You can also pre-treat heavily soiled items by soaking them in a borax solution that consists of hot water (about a gallon), and a half cup of borax. Be sure to soak the fabrics for at least an hour before washing.