Delaminated Diapers vs. NeverWet

I’m on a mission to find a cure for delaminated cloth diapers. So far, it’s the only cloth diaper problem that I don’t have any answer for. Elastic can be replaced, worn out hook & look closures can be converted to snaps, and repelling can be fixed with a few extra loads of laundry. But delamination continues to confound me.

“Turn it into a swim diaper,” they say. (I say it too, of course.) And that’s a nice way of looking on the bright side of things, but when you already have one or two swim diapers, you just want a magic fix that will re-laminate the diaper so it can be used like you’ve always used it.

My first set of delamination experiments involved a hot dryer, a steamer, and an iron. When those methods didn’t produce results, I tried various stick-on and iron-on waterproof patches. Some of those worked in the short run, but after several trips through my washing machine, none of them would stay on.

I had also intended to try a spray-on product called Kiwi Camp dry that I had found in my garage. However, when I read the following warning on the back of the can, I panicked and promptly tossed it in the trash:

Kiwi Camp Dry Causes Cancer

One of my readers expressed disappointment that I hadn’t at least tried the spray-on product, just to see if it worked or not. By then it had long since been hauled off in the trash, but I posed a question on the Diaper Wrecker Facebook page to see if others thought I was overreacting to the warning label.

The responses were varied, but all of them respectfully worded. Some people said it wasn’t worth it and wouldn’t use a product like that near their baby’s skin; after all, chemical avoidance is one of the main reasons they chose to use cloth diapers. Others had some interesting insights on the “may cause cancer” warning labels that I hadn’t ever considered, saying they’d seen them on products like sunglasses and Ikea furniture and that California requires that label to be on some really strange things. Another person reflected that the PUL could contain potentially cancer-causing chemicals as well – how do we know what goes into the lamination process in the first place? (I have no answer for that one – I’d love to know, too!)

After considering the pros and cons, I decided that I would try an experiment using a waterproof spray to satisfy my curiosity; I just wouldn’t use it on my son. I own a cloth diaper store, so it’s not exactly difficult or wildly expensive for me to replace a few delaminated diapers.

Enter NeverWet, a product that’s been generating a lot of buzz about this summer. I mean, just watch their promotional video and you’ll see why I was totally convinced that if anything could cure a delaminated diaper, NeverWet could.

I found it at my local Home Depot near the paint supplies and choked a little when I saw the price tag – $20 for the two-can system.

NeverWet

I didn’t read the label fully until I got home. Dude. This one has an even scarier warning label than the other kind!

NeverWet Warning Label

After reading this, I debated with myself a little more, but finally decided to go ahead and see if it worked. Even if it did work, I wouldn’t feel comfortable using it on my child’s diapers, but some people might like to know about it.

Of course, the “if it works, should I use it?” debate turned out to be moot. Long story short, NeverWet did¬†work to waterproof a delaminated cloth diaper (at first), but after four trips through my washing machine, the diapers have returned to their former pathetic, delaminated state.

Diaper Coated with NeverWet after Four Washes

Since I sunk $20 into this experiment, I’m definitely hanging on to my NeverWet – after all, there are some pretty fascinating uses for this stuff that don’t involve close contact with it like on clothing. I’m thinking of coating my Potty Pail – I mean, did you see the part in the video where they coat the toilet brush?! (Jump to 1:08).¬†Pretty slick; no pun intended.

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Ok, maybe I did intend that pun.

Comments

  1. Almost all of my BumGenius diapers have delaminated. I’m so sad. I was hoping you found a solution. This is what I currently do. I use the water repellent spray on half my diapers and use those as a cover. I then use the other half that have cracks in the PUL and leak as my regular diapers and cover them up with one that had used the spray. The spray usually last about a month or so. I wash every 3 or 4 days.
    Keep on trying to find a solution!

  2. I was hoping too that you had found a solution. :( I destroyed over half my BG diapers by washing them in too hot water, and probably from using the wrong soap too. The PUL is totally cracked…I think I’ll get a few more uses out of them and that is it. Was hoping there would be SOMETHING I could do. The toxicity of the water proof sprays freak me out. What about spraying it on the OUTSIDE of the diaper?

  3. Adrienne Wachter says:

    Try fleece as covers. Must be polar fleece.

  4. You can use wool over the delaminated diapers and use them as fitteds. I agree with those concerned about the chemicals, California says they may cause cancer whether it be because of phthalates or other chemicals.

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