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August 20, 2012

New Modern Cloth Nappy User? – The Best Tips for Cleaning Cloth Nappies

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The Best Tips for Cleaning Cloth Nappies

Are You New to Australian Cloth Nappies? Discover the best tips for washing and cleaning your cloth nappies here…

This Nappy Advice Article Will Give You All You Need to Know About Washing or Cleaning your Modern Cloth Nappies with Ease and Confidence.

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 The Best Tips for Cleaning Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Use a cold pre-wash followed by a hot or warm wash, using only 1/2 the recommended amount of washing powder.  Avoid liquid detergents, pure soap flakes, fabric softeners, and anything containing brighteners and softeners.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

I love biodegradable liners! They make clean up easy as all you do is flush them down the loo.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

Leave the lid off the nappy bucket, throw the nappies (after removing any excess poop) into the bucket dry (don’t soak!) and pre-rinse them before washing. This helps to avoid urine smell build up. Use an appropriate detergent (something nappy friendly or a minimal amount of regular detergent – we use soap nuts) and hang them in the sun to dry whenever possible. Wash every day or two to avoid smells building up.

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

A nappy sprayer, while not a necessity, will make cleaning solids off your nappies so much easier.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

Wash every day or every second day to prevent build up of bacteria.  Don’t be scared 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:

Use a flushable liner in your nappies, that way it catches most solid waste.  Rinse / scrape of any residual waste. Dry pail and wash separately using ¼ to ½ the recommended amount of detergent.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

Each nappy will come with its own instructions for use. You must follow those instructions to ensure you do not void your warranty.

However, these are my best tips for cleaning nappies:

  • Make sure you wash your nappies at least 4 times before using them the first time (or soak them overnight and wash once in the morning).
  • Rinse your nappies once they are soiled and store them in a dry bucket until you are ready to wash. You must rinse, or your nappies can stain and start smelling.
  • Make sure any solids are flushed down the toilet and washed off the nappy as much as you can before storing in the bucket (or you will get a really stinky bucket).
  • Make sure that you fold any Velcro tabs onto their laundry position (so they don’t get stuck on other items in the wash).
  • Wash heavily soiled nappies using a quick rinse (i.e. the last rinse cycle on your machine) before washing the nappies with other washing. This is not necessary, but is much more hygienic.
  • Wash nappies on a cold or warm wash.
  • Hang nappies in the sun to dry. The sun is a powerful anti-bacterial agent and will not only bleach the nappies but act as a sterilizer. You can tumble dry some nappies, but drying in the sun is recommended for this reason.
  • Wash nappies at least every 2 to 3 days (they can get a bit stinky if you don’t and leaving them wet for long periods can reduce the lifespan of the nappies).

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

1. Remove solid waste into the toilet and Drypail
2. Do a cold machine rinse with nappies only.
3. Do a full machine wash cycle on warm with cloth nappy friendly detergent. You may add on baby’s clothing at this stage.
4. Line dry is best to sanitise the nappy and remove stains.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

At Bumbly Bootique, we recommend always rinsing your nappies quickly before dry pailing, it takes half a minute and will absolutely reduce smell and extend the life of your fluffy investment. Not to mention, it will help with stains as well, but more importantly, what do we do with solids?

If the solids are not falling into the toilet easily we recommend the following:

  1. Adding flushable liners to your nappies
  2. Using a nappy sprayer (attached to your toilet)
  3. Or even a good old fashion washboard (after tissuing off excess), really quick and not that bad with rubber gloves 😉

 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.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

  1. Get all the waste off the nappies straight away. This avoids a smelly laundry and staining.
  2. Use a good nappy friendly detergent. It will ensure your nappies last the test of time and hard wear!
  3. Hang them on a clothes horse so you can chase the sun around the yard and move them inside to continue hanging overnight!

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