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April 16, 2011

Mould or Not? Dealing With Nappy Staining – More Suggestions.

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Mould or Not? Dealing With Nappy Staining – More Suggestions.

Do you have staining of your nappies that is difficult to deal with?

Perhaps this mum’s situation matches yours, or you have a suggestion to add…

A previous article, Do You Have Mould or Mildew On Your Cloth Nappies? Had an array of suggestions and tips to remove and prevent mould from being a problem with your washable nappies. We now have the next question, and hope our nappy experts can shed some light with more information…

Hi Charndra,

I would like to say thank you to the nappy experts for their advice and suggestions. I found it really interesting what Annette from iish fly said about gas heating and stoves, I do keep my nappies in the lounge room and I use a gas stove in the kitchen, I have a small house, although I haven’t noticed mould growing on the walls. I do use an airconditioner everyday but I thought they kept the moisture out of the air?

I have been extra careful with getting the inserts dry and have been finishing them off in the dryer. I only wash in cold water as there is not hot plumbing at my washing machine, I haven’t done a strip wash yet was planning on doing it in the next couple of days, as it involves carrying buckets of hot water to the washing machine. When I was talking about mould it is not spots or dark green in colour but more of a brown colour.

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Bad news is that it is back. I washed the nappies last night and noticed when I went to hang them out quite a few of the inserts had the brown all over them, it’s like they have been washed with dirt. I don’t think it is dirty water This morning I took some photos which I will attach, can you please ask the nappy experts as to what they think it is, maybe its not mould? In the photos I have included a white clean insert and the badly discoloured one. My bub has been having panadol and is now on antibiotics but neither contain sorbitol (which I had read caused stains), but she was not on these previously when the stains occurred.

Hopefully you can help.

Thanks again,


The photo shows both a bright and clean insert, and a clean yet discoloured one:

Misty from Fluffy Buns:

The colour on those inserts is not mould, it is from the ammonia in bubs pee.. Happens from time to time, teething – etc.. The best way to get rid or prevent that from happening is to rinse the inserts before putting them in the nappy bucket. Try not to leave the nappies too long between washes while you have this problem.

An overnight soak will help, followed by a double rinse, full wash and another rinse. Water is the best thing to prevent ammonia build up. If you haven’t already, try eco sprout laundry powder, it will pull out those stains and keep your nappies fresh. My daughters night nappies get like that from time to time, it always washed out.


FluffyBuns. xx

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

Wow! those stains are terrible. It looks as if the boosters have been sitting in a damp bucket for months to look like that! Knowing everything that you’re doing to look after your nappies I have no idea what could be causing this. It may be due to a build up over time because you haven’t been able to strip wash, or it could still be because of your water.

A few months ago we stayed with the in-laws who live on the coast. Every night after my son’s bath time we’d drain the water and every morning there would be an awful ring and marks in the bottom of the bath that looked like algae from the water, even though the water looked beautiful and clear. My sons face washers and anything else that was in the water for a little while ended up slimy and stained a horrible brown colour, just like your boosters. Even now the stains haven’t come out despite numerous washes back home. So chances are your water is the culprit, because even when it looks clean it doesn’t mean it is. Maybe it would be worth getting someone to come check the water for you.

Good luck!


Snow Pea Nappies

Michelle from Cloth N Craft:

It could be mould but a way of testing it out is that I’ve heard “oil of clove” (which my mother in law tells me you can buy at a standard chemist/pharmacy) actually KILLS mould where as bleach only turns it white. You could get some and put it on part of it and see.

Good Luck,


Cloth N Craft

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

How long do you dry pail for, Danielle? Sometimes the nitrogenous compounds in urea can change colour to brownish red (in fact, some red azo dyes are derived from these same compounds). It could be ‘rusty’ stains, from dissolved iron salts reacting with any residual urine/urea in the booster.

I would love to know what comes out of this 🙂


Bean Sprout Bubba


Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

1 Comment »

  1. Hi there, I am following up on Misty’s comment re soaking nappies with ammonia stains. I have a few questions! 1. What should I soak them in/with? 2. Should I wash them on a Synthetic i.e. long cycle? 3. Should I use cold or hot water, what temp? 4. I usually use Purity washing liquid is this okay? THANKS! Carla

    Comment by Carla — April 18, 2013 @ 11:19 am

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