eK-3zmjBImBHOZjRJYEZVBw4ZWs Shaky Mommy: RLR Laundry Treatment Review

Thursday, April 12, 2012

RLR Laundry Treatment Review

I don't know if RLR Laundry Treatment was made 50 years ago and the packaging hasn't been updated since or if they purposely chose this image to take you back to the time when moms had time to iron Dad's shirts and fold them in neat stacks (around here, Dad does his own ironing). Whatever the reason, this is one of those cases where you should not just dismiss the product because of its poor packaging. This stuff works!

We had recently begun having stink issues with some of our diapers. While the diapers would smell clean when I'd take them out of the washer, they would stink (badly) once they were peed in. This wasn't much of an issue during the daytime since I change Jaxon every couple of hours. But at night, it was awful, especially since Jaxon ends up in bed with us every night. Once we started giving him iron drops, it got even worse. His urine reeked from the iron anyway - the diapers holding the stink made it unbearable. I tried soaking the diapers. I tried the other tricks that had helped me get rid of the stink in the past, like putting all of the microfiber through a very hot, very long sanitary cycle on my machine. They would always smell fine once rinsed but awful once Jaxon used them.  

I had seen RLR Laundry Treatment mentioned as a way to easily strip diapers. It is not a bleach or a detergent and it is safe for cloth diapers. It's relatively inexpensive (between $2-$3 per package)

When we found a store that ships it for free, we ordered a package. Once it arrived, I tried to find out how to use it since there are no instructions on the package. I found various instructions online and finally decided to use 1/2 a package since I have a HE front loading washing machine and several people mentioned that they saw major suds when using RLR (from detergent buildup being released from their diapers). I sprinkled about 1/2 the package in with my clean diapers and inserts (about 25 of them) and washed them on a hot cycle. I saw some sudsing action, but not very much. I was not very optimistic at that point, but still hopeful. I rinsed the diapers 3 times after the wash cycle. 

The first diaper I removed was one of my Thirsties Fab Fitteds. I love this diaper, but it was the one causing us major nighttime stink. It smelled clean when I took it out, but it had smelled clean before so I was still unsure if the RLR had worked. But what was amazing was how white it was inside. Jaxon has a TERRIBLE habit of pooping in new diapers, and he pooped in both my Fab fitteds as soon as I got them, like the first time he wore them. I got the major parts of the stains out but they have looked dingy ever since even after sunning. The RLR made them look brand new and they are so white! I pulled diaper after diaper out and noticed several stains were gone. I was thrilled since that was a side benefit I wasn't expecting! 

But the true test came last night. I put Jaxon to sleep around 8 in his Fab Fitted with a Duo Wrap cover. I didn't notice any stink during the night and when we got out of bed at 7:15 this morning, he was soaked, but he didn't stink! In fact, I held the diaper right up under my nose and it didn't smell at all. I am very impressed.

We'll be using RLR on a monthly basis to keep the stinkies from building up in our diapers. I also want to try it on our whites to see if it will remove the dinginess from our socks and t-shirts and get them as white as it did my diapers!

If you are having stink issues or have trouble with stains or dinginess on your diapers or clothing, I HIGHLY recommend that you try RLR. It's one of the cheapest options for stripping diapers ($2.50 a packet) and definitely the easiest. If you order from www.momsmilkboutique.com, you'll get free shipping, even if you only order one package. How awesome is that?

All opinions are my own. I didn't receive an item for review and I'm not affiliated with Mom's Milk Boutique. Just sharing my love for the product with all of you.  



  1. This was a very well written review. I just ordered a 2-pod pack from the same store you did, and for the same reasons. I'm glad to see it worked so well for you!

  2. You can also just do a soak and wash using washing soda, which is what RLR is, only way cheaper.

    1. I didn't know that! Thanks for the information!

  3. You can also just do a soak and wash using washing soda, which is what RLR is, only way cheaper.

  4. Thanks so much for this review! We have the exact same problem - smells clean after wash but horrible once wet. Plus we have super hard water. I'm glad this worked for you and we are going to give it a try too!

  5. Thanks so much for this review! We have the exact same problem and look forward to trying this solution!

  6. I have 3 little ones and used cloth diapers for all of them. Using rlr laundry treatment is the only thing that has kept me sane. Love this product!