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I first heard about Grovia Mighty Bubbles a few years ago, but I never really had an opportunity to use them. I have been pretty lucky to have minimal issues with getting my diapers clean over the years…that is, until I moved into my new house.
My old house, the house in which I began my love for cloth diapers and washed diapers faithfully a couple of times a week for over 5 years, had a standard top-loading washing machine with an agitator. It worked great and I never had any reason to do major wash routine troubleshooting.
My new house, however, has a front-loading HE washing machine that looks to be about 20 years old.
If I said I was able to just do exactly what I did at my old house in my new house for washing diapers, I would be lying. To be honest, I still don’t have my routine perfected. I am having a heck of a time with this new washer, especially with getting enough water in my load of laundry. We are getting there, though.
I tried washing my diapers with Tide Purclean when we moved in…that did not last long. I quickly realized that plant-based detergents were not going to be an option for me with this washing machine. I had used Biokleen for several months with success at my old house where I could control water levels, but at this house…had to pull out the big guns and go back to Tide powder.
(I did not try Biokleen in this washer because you need to use more of it with diapers than is recommended for an HE machine).
Within two wash cycles, I realized I had a problem. They smelled great out of the washer, decent out of the dryer, but the second my son wet or soiled them, they smelled AWFUL. It was clear they were not getting perfectly clean.
In this sort of situation, many people are quick to say their diapers need to be stripped. They say it must be detergent build-up, or if they believe detergent build-up is a myth, then it must be hard water mineral build-up!
But I know this didn’t have anything to do with a build-up of any kind. If there was a build-up, the diapers would have had a hard time absorbing and I most certainly would have had some leaks. But alas, I had no leaks. Just a terrible, terrible smell to deal with.
What Is Mighty Bubbles For?
Mighty Bubbles is really for a deep clean of your diapers. It is NOT a true stripping method. Stripping is for either removing detergent build-up, residue from fabric softener or mineral build-up. You should strip when your diapers aren’t absorbing well anymore.
If your diapers are absorbing but just super stinky, what you need is a deep clean.
Mighty Bubbles is a great deep-cleaning laundry treatment. Its ingredients are Sodium carbonate, Sodium percarbonate, Sodium polyitaconate, Surfactants, Enzymes, Oxygen bleach activator, & Sodium silicate.
Alternatively, you can deep clean with a bleach soak and/or bleach wash. I am not anti-bleaching, but I wanted to give the Mighty Bubbles a try, especially because I can’t do soaks in my new-to-me washer. I would have had to do a soak in a bathtub, which would have been a hassle for me. I liked that I could just throw a Mighty Bubbles pod right into the washer.
How To Use
You should use Mighty Bubbles on CLEAN diapers. It’s as simple as using a Tide pod!
1. Put clean diapers in the washing machine. No need to put covers or non-absorbent diaper pieces in this wash unless you want to.
2. Throw in a Mighty Bubbles pod. I did all of my diapers at once, so since it was such a big load, I used two pods. If you were only doing about 24 diapers or less, you could just use one.
3. Run a regular cycle with one extra rinse.
That’s it! If the situation is dire, it might take up to three times to get them reset. Thankfully, one wash (with the two pods) was enough for me.
The bag also suggests you can do a wash with one every 6 to 8 weeks to maintain a fresh stash.
These were awesome! I can wholeheartedly recommend them for deep cleaning. Now just remember these are not for a true diaper strip–they will not remove hard water mineral build-up. But they are great for that deep clean if you want to avoid using bleach.
One bag comes with 10 Mighty Bubbles pods. You may be able to get by with just using one pod for your deep clean, meaning you can get up to 10 washes out of the bag. Realistically, if you have a medium to large-sized stash and want to wash all at once, I would plan on using at least 2. You may also need to do two or three back-to-back washes just depending on how bad the situation was.
Once your diapers are nice and fresh, if you choose to use Mighty Bubbles to maintain freshness every 6 to 8 weeks, you would probably be fine to only use one at a time.
I no longer am dealing with the terrible strong smell each time my son wets or soils his diaper, so this is great. I’m back to using Tide Powder now, too, so I hope we are on the up & up for this issue. I still am needing to figure out how to get more water in the machine, though.
Where To Buy & Cost
On average, these are about $1 a pod. Definitely not too expensive for a one-time deep cleaning solution or even for periodic maintenance, but at that price, it would be costly to let it become something you depend on frequently to remedy a bad wash routine.
Most importantly, you need to realize that you needed Mighty Bubbles for a reason. Something is going on with your wash routine that is keeping your diapers from getting adequately clean.
Remember that with a good wash routine, you should have no reason to ever do a strip, bleach soaks or deep cleans. Stripping and bleaching are used to solve problems–they shouldn’t be a go-to part of your routine.
You need to find a routine that doesn’t require deep cleans or strips.
Evaluate your wash routine and figure out what you might need to do differently. Make sure you are using enough water (but not TOO much because that backfires by not allowing the diapers to properly agitate) and make sure the detergent you are using is cloth diaper approved.
I will say that even if your detergent is technically cloth diaper approved, it may not be right for you. For example, some plant-based detergents are *technically* cloth diaper approved and that many people use with success. However, the current situation at my house is preventing me from using them.
Everyone has different variables when it comes to their wash routine. Everyone’s water hardness is different, everyone’s washing machine is different….it may just be that your current detergent is not right given your other variables.
And maybe the detergent isn’t the issue! Maybe it’s the quantity of the detergent you are using (or not using), or your water level, load size, etc.
The point is that something needs to change if you find yourself in a situation where you are needing a product like Mighty Bubbles or any other stripping or bleaching protocols. If you need help to figure out what the issue might be, feel free to contact me (email@example.com).
Have you used Mighty Bubbles before? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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