I wrote about how we cloth diaper in this post, and after a few comments, I realized I needed to clarify how I go about stripping our diapers.
Before getting into cloth diapering, I had no idea what stripping diapers was or how to do it. Stripping is a sort of deep cleaning that you do to the diapers every so often to remove build-up from detergents, oils, residue, or any other substance that gets into the diapers and prevents them from functioning correctly. Some tell-tale signs that your diapers need to be stripped are strong ammonia smell when wet, poor absorption, and leaking. I have found that I need to strip our diapers every 4 months or so. It will probably be different for each person.
So, here are the items I use when stripping our diapers:
Blue Dawn Original dish soap
Here are some pictures to show how I go step-by-step through this process. It's a lot easier than it sounds, and it only takes an hour or two depending on how many diapers you have.
First, I bring a large pot of water to boil. When it's rolling, I add in about 6 of the liners and boil them for 10 minutes. I poke the liners down into the water often while they are boiling, as they fill up with air and puff out. Note: DO NOT boil the diaper covers! Only boil the liners.
While the liners are boiling, I wet the covers, add a few drops of Blue Dawn, and scrub them really well.
After 10 minutes of boiling, I remove the liners from the water with tongs and place them into the colander to drain. They are super hot when you pull them out, so be careful! I add more water to the pot, bring it to a boil, and add in the next liners.
After scrubbing the covers, I place them in a large bowl with a bit of water. When they are all scrubbed, I rinse them really well, ring them out a bit, and lay them flat on a towel.
Once the liners have cooled a bit in the colander, I take them to the sink, rinse them in cold water, ring them out, and lay them flat on a towel.
After everything is boiled, scrubbed, rinsed and rung out, I throw everything into the washing machine and run it on two to three cold rinse cycles. I check to make sure there aren't any suds left from the Blue Dawn, then I dry them in the dryer. In the summer, I will dry them outside in the sun as the UV rays will kill any remaining bacteria and bleach out stains naturally.
Fresh, feels-like-new diapers!
Here is the tutorial I followed if you are wanting more info. Please know that this is the method I found that works for me, and there are many ways you can strip diapers.