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June 20, 2012

Washing Modern Cloth Nappies: 3 Important Points when washing Australian Cloth Nappies…

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Washing Modern Cloth Nappies:

3 Important Points To Remember When Washing Australian Cloth Nappies…

How do you wash cloth nappies so that they will last through more than one baby’s needs? So they will be absorbent, clean and fresh smelling?

Many Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative 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. Let’s see what they have to say:

What are 3 Important Points to Remember When Washing Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

  1. Cold pre-wash (or rinse).  It removes nasties.
  2. Hot or warm wash gets best results.
  3. 1/2 the amount of washing powder. Too much will cause build up.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

No bleach, no soaking and the Sun is your friend 🙂

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

  1.  When it comes to detergents LESS IS MORE!!!
  2. Sunshine is your absolute best friend for stain removal.
  3. Pre-rinse and get all the wee out before you wash your nappies – otherwise your washing them in wee filled water and they will often still smell (especially when its teething time!).

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

  1. Use detergent without enzymes and about half as much as you usually would,
  2. Wash PUL in less than 60 degree water,
  3. Run your nappies through a rinse cycle before washing for extra freshness

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

  1. Dry pail – no soaking, no scrubbing, simply dispose of solids in toilet and place nappy in bucket.
  2. Prerinse – In washing machine with cold water & no detergent. This will help remove urine and bacteria from the nappy.
  3. Wash – Warm wash (60°C is best) on a long cycle with an extra rinse at the end. This will remove all the bacteria and urine from the nappies. Make sure to only use about ¼ the amount of detergent you would normally. Our thumb of rule is ‘less is more’, less detergent = more absorbency.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

  1. Do not soak, it’s not necessary and will shorten the life of your nappies
  2. Wash at least every 2 days using an environmentally friendly detergent and use a quarter to half as much as suggested, this will help prevent detergent build up, which causes your nappies to smell and be less absorbent.
  3. Avoid detergents with enzymes as this can react with sensitive skin and cause nappy rash.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

  1. Never use fabric softener, stain removers, nappisan or any other bleach products. These chemicals will break down the natural fabrics of the nappy.
  2. Don’t tumble dry your nappies on full heat. The heat can also break down the fibres.
  3. If you can, hang clean nappies on the clothes line to dry in full sun. It is the best way to dry your nappies as the sun acts as an antibacterial agent.

 Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

  1. Store soiled nappies in a dry pail until wash day. If bub is teething or prone to acidic wees, rinse inserts under a tap before drypailing.
  2. To preserve elastics, turn down the spin cycle on your washing machine to a maximum of 800-1000rpm, and do not stretch the elastic when the nappy is still warm if you opt to use a dryer.
  3. Follow the manufacturers instructions to maintain your nappies in the best condition for longer.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

  1. Use only a quarter to a third scoop of baby friendly laundry detergent for standard washes and nothing else
  2. Include an extra prewash or rinse cycle
  3. Do not have your water too hot, try to keep it max 60 degrees, 40’s even better

Helen from Ezy Peezies:

  1.  Less is more when it comes to cloth! Make sure that you only use a small amount (about 1/4 – 1/2 the recommended amount) of a plain laundry detergent such as planet ark aware. Using too much detergent can cause build up on nappies and reduce the absorbency
  2. There is no need to soak MCN’s. In fact, don’t use any laundry additives at all. It’s very important not to add any fabric softeners as these can coat the fibres and again make the nappies less absorbent.
  3. Wash frequently – We recommend leaving dirty nappies in the nappy bucket or bag no longer than 48 hours. Leaving nappies for longer periods of time makes it harder to remove any stains and smells, and can actually damage the waterproof outer layer and elastics and reduce the lifespan of your nappies.

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