I ran out of Bac Out about a month ago. I thought I would try to make a go without it. But I have to be honest, I missed my spray bottle of Bac Out. I love using it on our cloth diapers. But I also love using it on our other stinky laundry (hubby’s socks for instance) and other places all over the house. In particular, I noticed a smell coming from Sophia’s car seat that Bac Out would have been perfect for! But with no bottle of Bac Out I was lost.
I broke down and got a new bottle yesterday. And I am so happy I did. Could I live without it…sure…but why would I want to?
**DISCLAIMER: Bac Out’s formula changed about two years ago. It has gone from an ALL NATURAL to a mostly natural cleaner. Some people stopped using it because of the formula change. Always do YOUR own research so you can make an informed decision that is best for you and YOUR family. I have done my own research and I feel that Bac Out is safe for MY family. But I also use Tide, so I guess I’m not totally crunchy. I just try to do the best I can when I can. **
OK, what is it you ask? Bac Out is a stain and odor remover that uses live enzyme cultures and lime extract. The live enzyme cultures actually break down or ‘eat’ stains, odors and organic waste (poop and pee in this case!) The lime extract destroys the odors. This is a natural cleaner and completely safe to use around kids and pets. Two things I always say I love that Bac Out lives up to: when a product can multitask and when it’s made in the USA!
This stuff is AWESOME for cloth diapers for a few reasons. First, it gets stink out!! If you have a problem with diapers smelling either out of the wash or once they are peed in…try Bac Out. Autumn did a great video on how she used Bac Out, click here to check it out. As for myself, I sometimes squirt a few sprays directly on a soiled diaper (after removing poo) before I place in wetbag. If I want to hit my cloth diapers with a big punch, I also add this to the pre-rinse. You should use about 1/4 cup of Bac Out on the highest water setting. So that is about 3 squirts around the inside of the drum or approximately 30 sprays from the spray version.
Always run a full wash cycle (Hot Wash, rinse, extra HOT rinse) to make sure all the enzymes are removed. If this isn’t rinsed fully, the live enzymes could attack baby’s skin when they go potty in their diapers and cause a rash. If you are rinsing properly you shouldn’t have any problems.
As for my smelly car seat I mentioned earlier; cleaned it with a little soap and water and then sprayed Bac Out all over it. Smells as fresh as a spring day now. Whatever had gone and died in it doesn’t smell anymore! My mom spilled her whole mug of coffee in her car. The milk trapped in the carpet started to STINK …sprayed some Bac Out on it…GONE! Bac Out is also amazing at removing stains and odors from pet accidents on rugs and furniture. You get the point. It has many uses.
Many natural health and food stores carry it. You can also purchase Bac Out on Amazon.
Some manufacturers recommend against the use of enzyme cleaners on diapers. Autumn did a post a while back called: Will Bac Out Void Your Cloth Diaper Warranty? I am not sure if any of the manufacturers have changed their recommendations since. If you are worried about your warranty, check with the company first.
Have you ever used Bac Out on your cloth diapers? Or maybe something else? How well did it work for you?
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Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.