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Foxing and Your Cloth Diapers

I like to think of myself as something of a cloth diaper washing expert. I can troubleshoot stinkies, strip diapers, and stain fight with the best of them.  Even in my spare time you can find me scouring the forums looking for mamas that need help finding the laundry love.  But foxing?  Foxing, you say?  I had NEVER heard of it.
Whilst on my nightly patrol of a certain cloth diaper forum, a mama posted that she was devastated by “foxing that had appeared in her stash”. Huh? I imagined little tiny foxes clinging to microfiber inserts and suede cloth liners with sharp claws and open jaws.  In all my years of cloth diapering and making cloth diaper detergent- I had never heard of foxing. Googling didn't help much. 
After some sleuthing, here is what I discovered and it is not nearly as cute ( or menacing) . 
"Irregular staining, called foxing, is known by its often circular rust/blood colored markings on fabric and other natural fibers.  In humid conditions foxing attacks the cloth producing the nutrients favored by molds present in the atmosphere. The cloth may sometimes be sterilized  or treated with a fungicide.. Some foxing stains may be removed by careful bleaching and washing, but this is a difficult technique requiring considerable knowledge of materials."

Many times foxing patterns will show up on fabric as a spattering of tiny rust ( or fox ) colored dots.  This can be most common among those who wet pail their diapers, who go long periods of time between washes, or live in humid climates.
Here are some tips for dealing with those pesky little foxes:
1. Keep your diapers as dry as possible.  If you use a wet pail, try switching to dry- or add a few drops of tea tree oil to your water.
2. If you see foxing - soak your diapers in hot water, adding an oxygen bleach. Our Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent contains sodium percarbonate ( the active ingredient in oxygen bleach) and works great on this kind of staining.
3.Store your diapers appropriately if you are not using them for long periods of time. Try to keep them in an airtight/sealable bag or container. This will keep the moisture out and prevent foxing. If all else fails, try a dehumidifier.
4. In the end you may have to resort to bleach.  Add a cap full to your washing machine, fill the washer with hot water, put in your diapers and wash.
The best solution for foxing is to prevent it from happening. Keep those dipes dry and clean and you should be all set! Keep those pesky critters out of your stash!

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Our Story

We never thought we would be making laundry detergent.  But like a lot of things in life, necessity is the mother of invention.   After my daughter was born, I fell in love with two things- my gorgeous baby and her gorgeous cloth diapers.  However, my little one has eczema that was only made worse by the “baby” laundry detergent with it’s too-strong odor and harsh chemicals.  I couldn’t wash my diapers in the stuff- nor did I want to- but I couldn’t find ANYTHING in the grocery store that didn’t cause my diapers to leak or  ( unbelievably) stink even worse!  Not to mention the negative ecological impact all those chemicals had on our environment! SO, as we all do I went online to purchase the premier cloth diaper detergent.  I was so excited to use their products! Until,that is, I read the ingredients. Half of the label was vague, industrial, chemical sounding words that frankly- sounded just like the detergent I was running away from.  When I contacted the companies, they refused to tell me what exactly was in their products.  I am all for protecting your product’s formula- but this is my baby! What touches her more than her cloth diaper! I needed to know what was in the product I was buying.  I was at an impasse.  I had REALLY stinky diapers and a baby whose skin was not too happy about the detergent we were using.  I had a decision to make: Give up cloth diapering or make my own detergent.  I chose the latter.  After months of research and lots of laundry, I came up with a concoction that is safe for my babies tender skin, safe for my cloth diapers, and ecologically friendly.  I began sharing the detergents with friends, family, and other cloth diapering Mamas. They all raved about how clean their diapers and clothes were and encouraged me to go into business.  Opportunity knocks only so many times before it moves on to someone who will listen, so I decided to listen to all my laundry detergent lovers.  With the help of my family and tester/snuggler extraordinaire, Ruby Grace, Ruby Moon Natural Laundry was born.  Look at that gorgeous baby! I can't think of a better reason to make our families and the Earth a little healthier!

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