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January 14, 2011

Softness: What nappy fabrics are softest? How do I keep my nappies feeling soft?

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Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #9:

About SOFT Cloth Nappies: Tips and Tricks to keeping them feeling soft.

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. You can register at any time to play in the current or a future round.

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba,Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Nat from Little Diamond Bums and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Softness: What fabrics are softest? How do I keep them feeling soft?

Louise from Nip Naps:

Bamboo Rayon is our softest fabric and it actually maintains that feeling for quite some time (but it takes a long time to dry – which can be very annoying).

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Bamboo is the softest I have come across, wash after wash it stays soft. If you do have cotton or hemp which tends to feel brittle after line drying, you can pop them in the dryer for a cycle which always helps in softening them up.

You may find one cycle doesn’t always work in which case I pop a clean wet item in with the nappies to help soften them quicker.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Bamboo Velour, Cotton velour, Minky Adding 1/2 – 3/4 cup of vinegar in the last rinse cycle will keep nappies soft, giving nappies a shake before putting on the line, a few minutes in the dryer at the end of drying period.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Softest absorbent fabrics are made of bamboo/cotton blends.

Softest lining fabric is polyester fleece (synthetic) or bamboo velour (natural fibre)

To keep them soft, dry the nappies slowly and/or gently stretch before drying.

i. flick the fabric/nappy out before hanging out to dry.

ii. use a lower speed spin cycle in summer.

iii. pop nappies in the dryer for 5 min before or after hanging to remove excess moisture.

Yoland from Bumbino:

The softest natural fabric that I have met is bamboo velour. It is velvety soft and also very absorbent. It makes gorgeous wipes/face washers.

Synthetic fabrics such as microfleece, suedecloth and minky are also very soft and have good stay-dry properties .

Keeping fabrics soft?

Summer sun can be very hardening on fabric, so I would suggest minimizing the time fabrics spend drying in the direct blazing sun. Also some washing machines are very hard on fabric. A slightly slower spin cycle or a gentler cycle can keep fabric looking more presentable.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

Bamboo is very soft and lovely to touch, suedecloth and microfleece are also nice against the skin. YOu shouldn’t hve to do anything special to keep these fabrics feeling soft, just wash and line dry as normal!

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

They are the easiest nappy to use as they’re pretty much the same as a disposable. Their ease of use is great to encourage hubby, family members and childcare centres to use.

One disadvantage is that they may take longer to dry but new designs are ruling out this issue.

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

I’m a fan of cotton – it keeps baby cool, is totally breathable, lasts for ever, very cost effective and is super soft! Real Nappies use 100% cotton nappies which are awesome and fantastic quality (how else could they offer a unique 2-child guarantee?!) Bamboo is beautifully soft too as is microfleece. Call me old- fashioned, but I am still a natural cotton fan… why else is the majority of underwear and clothing made of cotton… Simple because it is soft, breathable and the least likely fabric to irritate sensitive skin.

The comment question for you is: What are your tips for keeping nappies soft? What are your favourites?

– Your Nappy Doulas –

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  1. I love my bamboo nappies and have found that washing them with soap nuts is the best way to keep them soft, even after a long day on the line in the sun they are much softer than with other washing detergents. A few drops of essential oils in the fabric softner dispenser makes them smell lovely too!

    Comment by Tabitha — January 14, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  2. I personally love minkee nappies most brands tend to wash up nicely – some better than others.
    I wash my nappies in ‘Rockin Green’ and do add a cap of dettol or canestan hygiene liquid in the fabric softner compartment of the front loader. All my nappies go into the dryer on low for an hour and then they are hung on a hanging peg airer under the patio. I definitely believe some brands wash better than others and my nappies are only washed together to prevent piling from other clothes.

    Comment by Kristie from QT Booty Modern Cloth Nappy Library — January 14, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

  3. I agree with Tabitha below – soapnuts help to keep your nappies soft as they leave no residue. The other thing I have found is that if your nappies dry too quickly (ie. in full sun on a really hot day) they can get a bit stiff – try drying them in partial shade.

    Comment by Kyra from Bubbalooba — January 15, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  4. I use bicarb soda and vinegar to wash my cotton nappies, and vinegar as a fabric softener. And I give the nappies a good shake before hanging on the line and then another good shake before folding them. A windy day always makes them softer too! Thanks mother nature!!

    Comment by Jen — January 16, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

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