My Green Nappy Discovering Modern Cloth Nappies and Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies

January 27, 2010

“Out, Damn Spot!” Environmentally Friendly Ways to Remove Spots and Stains from Your Cloth Nappies…

Spots and Stains, Spews and Shadows:

What IS the most environmentally friendly way to get rid of spots on your washable cloth nappies?

Babies can get quite grotty – inside and out of their nappy! The obvious pooey shadows, grass stains, food stains, whatever else they come across.

You may be surprised how easily you CAN get rid of stains on your cloth nappies. For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy Doula’s about the most eco-friendly ways to remove stains from your cloth nappies. You will see a very strong theme in their responses! Remember, no-one has seen any of the other responses until each is published here…

What’s ONE ‘Green’ Way to Remove a Modern Cloth Nappy Spot?

I’m pleased to have contributions from many friends of My Green Nappy included in this article. We have Emma from Brindabella Baby, Melinda from Avanappy, Mel from Little Para PantsLouise from Scamps BoutiqueEva from Oz Baby Trends, Inge from Earth KidzCassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear NappiesAlisha from Baby SafariCindy from Ticklefish TotsAshley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Bec from Baby Chilli, Kelleigh from Miracle Baby, Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Chris froBaby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy Days and Karen from Baby Blossom.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What’s ONE ‘Green’ Way to Remove a Modern Cloth Nappy Spot?”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

Hang nappy on line. Go away for a week. Bring it in and voila! The sun has done all the hard work for you. Great with white cotton terry towelling.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Mel of Little Para Pants:
Hang them in the sun to dry.  Anything the washing machine & detergent don’t get out, the sun usually will.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Hang in the sun!
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
Hang your nappy in the sun to dry – stained side up! I guarantee it…
Inge of Earth Kidz:

Hang to dry in the sun, or moon light!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

Good old sunlight!

Annette of Iish Fly:

Oh it’s an easy one! Give it a good wash & hang it in the sun. Should that fail try lemon Juice on the spot and hang it out again.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Line dry. The sun is a fantastic way to bleach out stains!

Alisha of Baby Safari:

The sun is fantastic for removing spots.

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

I have found using a bicarb soda paste (bicarb mixed with a small amount of water), rubbed onto the spot, then rinsed before washing, coupled with fresh air and sunshine gets rid of even the most stubborn stains!

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

Sun and lots of it!

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Sun, sun, sun! The sun will ‘bleach’ out any spots and marks.

Tracey from Flattery:

In my experience the sun will get out all your stains – I don’t even use laundry detergent at all.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:
The sun.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Sun, sun and more sun 🙂
Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
Sun, sun and more sun! I have found this to be a fantastic way of bleaching my nappies, especially my pocket covers and AIO’s.
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:

Nature is a powerful thing – can’t go past the Sun.

Kate from Nappy Days:
Hang it in direct sunlight – it is like magic.
Karen from Baby Blossom
A little lemon juice watered down and lots of sunlight.

Use solar power to brighten your nappies and help the Earth!

Wow, how’s that for collective wisdom? What a great way to quickly amass oodles of experience on a common question – how to clean your modern cloth nappy.

Now, we all know what to do – harness the power of the SUN. Simple. Solar power is environmentally friendly after all, and it is free.

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,

P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of Mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…


3 Recommended Resources about environmentally friendly cleaning of your cloth nappies:

  1. My Nappy Style Window about Cleaning Your Nappies: When Washing Day comes around, see what can help…
  2. My Nappy Style Window about Cloth Nappy Accessories: Fabric Nappy Liners help keep nappies clean too…
  3. Wet Bags help you to transport clean and used washable nappies easily…

A Question to you about environmentally friendly cleaning:

What’s your experience in getting the spots, stains and smells out of your washable nappies in an environmentally friendly way?

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