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November 20, 2012

Washing Cloth Nappies: What NOT to do!

Washing Cloth Nappies: What NOT to do!

How do You RUIN Your Cloth Nappies Fast? Find Out What NOT to Do When Cleaning Australian Cloth Nappies…

Washing cloth nappies should be easy. You can only ruin them by paying no attention to their care instructions, repeatedly. Let our experts remind you of the no-no’s, so your cloth nappies last for years and years!

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 show I definitely NOT do when washing my cloth nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Don’t use fabric softener!  Don’t soak nappies if they’re meant to be dry-pailed.  Don’t use nappy soaker solution. Don’t use pure soak flakes. Don’t use liquids.  Don’t use anything with built in bleaches, brighteners, softeners etc.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

Do not use bleach, enzymes, fabric softners and no soaking 🙂

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

Don’t use too much detergent, it will just create a barrier on the fabric and your perfectly good nappies will be leaking left right and centre! Don’t soak and avoid napisan at all costs!

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

Do not soak your nappies in soakers or bleach.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

  • If your baby does have nappy rash that usually rears its ugly head when your baby is teething, don’t use a barrier cream with these nappies. It will leave a greasy residue which is difficult to remove. If you need to use any cream, make sure you use disposable nappy liners.
  • Do not use fabric softener as it can coat the fabrics making them water-repellent and can cause leaks. The fabrics do not require any softener.
  • Do not use bleach on the nappies.
  • Do not iron.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

  1. Do not store soiled/wet nappies for more than two days before washing.
  2. Do not soak.
  3. Do not bleach.
  4. Do not use fabric softeners as this can coat the fabric affecting absorbency.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

So you have heard what you have to do to wash your cute little bundles of fluff, but if you want your nappies to last DO NOT:

  • Wash on a hot wash that is hotter than 60 degrees.
  • Soak nappies in water or any detergent (other than soaking them before their first use).
  • Use fabric softener, vinegar, bleach or napisan. It will clog up the fibres of the nappy.
  • Tumble dry any PUL fabric. It will melt it!
  • Hang nappies from the line in a way that will stretch the elastic (i.e. with soakers hanging down and pulling the nappy out flat). You should have the heavy part of the nappy on the line with the lighter part hanging down.
  • Use too much detergent or use detergent with fillers. Again, that will clog up the fibres of the nappy. Use the same amount of detergent you would normally use for the load you are washing. You can use nappy detergent that is specifically designed for cleaning nappies but it is not absolutely necessary. Many good retailers sell this detergent. I personally use GroVia’s Tiny Bubbles.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

DO NOT use a hot wash or dryer all the time – your nappies will wear out faster.
DO NOT use any chlorine bleach, nappisan or any detergent that has enzymes.
DO NOT leave a dry bucket full of dirty nappies for more than 2 days.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

  • Don’t soak your nappies in stain removers/Napisan, with modern cloth nappies, dry pailing is the preferred method as soaking nappies poses a safety hazard for babies and is unnecessary for materials like bamboo.
  • Don’t wash any nappies with PUL in very hot water, ie over 60 degrees, as it will break down the PUL and elastics and shorten nappy lifespan.
  • Don’t use softeners unless you want a leaky baby, as they coat the fibres causing them to be less absorbent.
  • Don’t use bleach on your nappies ever, unless you are using traditional cotton squares etc.
  • Don’t use vinegar as part of your standard washing cycles as they break down the PUL and elastics (once again, unless you’re using traditional cloth nappies)
  • Don’t overload your machine; if your nappies are coming out smelling a little much, then you should try putting less in. Generally we recommend maximum 2 of our complete nappies (incl boosters) per kg capacity of your washing machine.

 Helen from Ezy Peezies:

There are a few things which are very detrimental to washing cloth nappies.

  1. Soaking in solutions such as nappy san. This are unnecessary with MCN’s and can cause detergent buildup and break down the water proof outer layer and elastics, reducing the life span of your nappies
  2. Adding fabric softners or other laundry additives, again, these are unnecessary and can coat the fibres making the nappies less absorbant and smell.
  3. Washing regularly on hot heat (above 60 degrees celcuis) as this can cause deteriation of the waterproof outer layer and elastics.
  4. Drying in dryer on high heat. Again, this can cause deterioration of the outer waterproof layer, elastics and damage the plastic snaps.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

  1. Do not soak them in napisan or other soakers.
  2. Do not leave them sitting in a bucket for a long period of time. Urine is strong and will eat into the elastic in your  nappies reducing their life span.
  3. Don’t put them in the dryer on ‘HOT’ only use a cool setting if you need to use the dryer.

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October 12, 2012

Washing Nappies: Can You Wash Your Modern Cloth Nappies With Other Clothes?

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Washing Nappies: Can You Wash Your Modern Cloth Nappies with Other Clothes?

Discover if You Can Simply Chuck Cloth Nappies in With Your Regular Washing…

You may have images of washing cloth nappies as meaning all this extra washing, but no! Deal with the poo right from the start – into the loo and let’s find out what happens next… find what works for you based on the opinions of the experts, which do differ…

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:

Can I Wash My Modern Cloth Nappies With Other Clothes?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Yes.  Just pop the nappies in the machine first and give them a pre-wash to thoroughly rinse out any nasties.  Then add the rest of your clothes, half strength detergent and wash as usual.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

Yes you can, but you only need a little amount of washing powder as too much affect the absorbancy of nappies. I would recommend 1/3rd of what the box says (or less). Please choose powders/liquids that do not have bleach, enzymes, and do not use fabric softners either as this will affect the performance of the nappies also.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

Yup, I do it all the time 🙂

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

You can wash your nappies with other clothes, just run them through a rinse cycle first and then add the clothes, remember to use less detergent.  Personally I prefer not to do this too often as if washing with colours you nappies can take on a greyish colour.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

As long as the other clothes can be washed on the warm setting without the colour running (60°C is best) then it’s fine.  Remember to only use ¼ the amount of detergent.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

Yes you can, the only issue here is that if washing with loads that require heavy duty cleaning, you will often need to use the recommended amount of detergent, whereas if washing separately you can use less. This just means that detergent residue could build up quicker and you will have to strip wash more regularly.  

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

I do.

However, if the nappy has poo on it, I sometimes put the nappies through a quick rinse cycle before washing them with other things (just for hygienic reasons).

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Yes you can! Simply do a machine rinse with just the nappies first (to remove most of the wee), then chuck in your clothing to make up a load when doing the full wash cycle.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

This is based on personal choice and how you normally wash your clothes.  If you do not have enough nappies for a full cycle, you can always add some clothes/towels after your nappies have gone through the prewash cycles. However, don’t forget that you must use less detergent to wash nappies than you would for clothes, as well as no other additives like whiteners/brighteners, enzymes, fragrances, softeners, vinegar and stain removing products. So do not add anything extra to your nappy cycle, you must wash your clothes with the detergent same as if they were nappies0 and not the other way around.

 Helen from Ezy Peezies:

I would not recommend washing your cloth nappies with other clothes. MCN’s require only a very small amount of detergent to clean them. Using more than about 1/2 the recommended amount can cause detergent buildup on nappies making them smell and less absorbent. From a hygiene perspective, I’d also recommend to separate nappies from regular clothing and only washing nappies with other nappies, wet bags and reusable wipes.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

You can wash your nappies with your clothes. It is really a personal choice. Personally I would do a rinse cycle first on the nappies to remove most of the urine and other mess. The main issue is you are using less soap then recomended for your clothes. So you may want to consider what you are washing with your nappies, how dirty it is and how much soap you think it needs to come out nice and clean.

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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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January 19, 2012

Detergents and the Modern Cloth Nappy – What Do I Need to Know?

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What is the Best Way to Wash and Care for Your Modern Cloth Nappies?

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Let’s see what our nappy experts have to say about our MCN topic: Detergents and the Modern Cloth Nappy… What do I need to know?

Emma from Wrap ‘Em (closed) recommends:

Stay right away from any bleaches, enzymes, softeners and stick either with an eco-type powder or liquid, or a specific nappy detergent such as Rockin’ Green. Lots of sun is fantastic for making your nappies smell clean and fresh!

Kendall from Australian Baby Supplies recommends:

Use about 1/4 ? 1/2 of the amount you usually do and choose a washing powder that is phosphate free. Do not use a fabric softener as they will coat the fabric of the nappy and reduce its absorbency.

Melissa from Little Para Pants recommends:

I’ve always used half the amount of detergent that the box/bottle recommends. They still get clean and they don’t smell like detergent!

Charndra from Part Time Nappy Free recommends:

I recommend looking at the article The Science of Washing Nappies, and finding out about SoapNuts and learning all you can from our nappy experts on this page, as well as here and here! Plus, do take careful note of the washing instructions from the maker of the nappy – it may have fabrics or embellishments in need of special washing care.

Nyree from Kodomo recommends:

Use a mild and natural detergent. Avoid anything that says it contains active brighteners or softeners and fragrance or perfume. Fragrance and perfume in products are usually phthalates in disguise (Don’t know about this nasty found in many household products? – try a Google search to find out more).

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March 10, 2011

The Science of Washing Nappies – Amanda McCracken from Mandy Mac Nappies

The Science of Washing Nappies

by Amanda McCracken, with Jacqui Parncutt and Kirsten Randle.

With the advent of modern cloth nappies a new regime of eco-friendly laundering has come into being.

No soaking, no bleach, no boiling water.

Modern nappies don’t require all those things of the past!

All sounds very well, but in many parts this has been taken to an extreme – gentle washing, cold water and minimal detergent.

The result: smelly nappies that are deteriorating before they should.

As much as we want to believe that we can get away without chemicals or hot water, it goes against the laws of science and nature. Going against the laws of science in the laundry is like standing naked in the rain and expecting to get as clean as you would by scrubbing yourself with a soapy washcloth in a warm shower.

We must always remember that nappies are essentially our babies’ toilets for the first two years of their lives. We are not washing clothing which may have a bit of dirt or food marks, we are washing little toilets and trying to get them clean enough that our babies can wear their toilets, right next to their skin, over and over again.

Using science in the laundry.

There are four main factors to consider when trying to get your nappies clean:

1.Thermal Energy (water temperature)
2. Water Softness (mineral content of the water)
3. Mechanical Energy (agitation)
4. Chemical Energy (detergent)

These four factors work together to help reduce the surface tension of water which in turn allows it to get into the fibres of the nappies an clean them. If you decrease one factor other factors will need to increase to compensate for that loss.

This explains why people in Adelaide with hard water will require more detergent than people in Melbourne, and why they have to scrub harder with a cake of soap in order to make bubbles.

Now here’s the kicker.

Urine has a lower surface tension than water which means that urine will soak into the fibres of the nappy more easily than water. Urine is made up of water, dissolved salts and urea and although sterile when in the bladder it begins to break down as soon as it comes into contact with bacteria; even the good bacteria that live on baby’s skin. If you don’t get it out as soon as possible it will start to break down the fibres of the nappies – creating smells and holes.

In order to get nappies clean we need to wash out the urea and salts from the nappies. To do this we need to dilute the urine many times over using water with a lowered surface tension so that it will remove the urea and salt particles from the nappies.

The other half of the dirty nappy equation is soiled nappies! If you don’t use flushable liners you’ll be squirting or flushing the solids down the toilet. Whatever method you use, you will still have very dirty nappies that contain enormous amounts of bacteria. Thus a thorough cleaning regime is essential.

How to wash nappies?

Wash early, wash often. Like any laundering; nappies will be cleaner if they are washed soon after they become dirty. The urine has less chance to eat away at the fabric, the bacteria has less chance to breed, and any stains that may arise from soiling have less time to set. Most importantly, this is not the time to skimp on water as nothing else you wash in the laundry will ever be as unclean or as bacteria ridden as your nappies – remember they are your little one’s toilet until they are toilet trained.

Dry-pail.

This is still a good idea from a practicality and safety point of view.

A) No Heavy Lifting involved and

B) No Drowning Risks to young infants. You’ll get a better result if you give your nappies a quick rinse under the tap before popping in the bucket.

Pre-rinse.

This step should be done with cold water and no detergent. The aim of this step is to try to remove much of the urine and bacteria from the nappy – so we need less detergent to get the nappies clean in the next step. It also helps to prevent build up of detergent and the cold water will help to stop stains from setting.

The wash.

This is where you need to contrate on getting the combination of water temperature, softness v hardness, mechanical energy and detergent right. Now while you might not have a lot of control over your water softness or hardness, you can control the three other factors. You don’t always need hot water, and it may damage other parts of your modern cloth nappies such as the elastic or plastic components, but you may need to hot wash occassionally. If you use cold water, you will need to compensate by using more detergent. So a balance is best. Warm water with an appropriate amount of detergent and a wash on the longest cycle.

So which detergent is best?

We recommend a non-purfumed, enzyme free, optical whitening free, phosphate free concentrate or an ultra-concentrate. You want the best bang for your buck – the most bubbles for your scoop. As many babies can show reactions to detergents, you want the least amount of fillers – as small traces may remain on the fabric, even after a final rinse.

Final rinse.

This is to remove as much of the detergent residue as possible – so as to reduce the risk of skin irritation of your little one’s behind.

Line Dry.

The sun will provide you with lots of lovely UV rays that will kill bacteria and assist in sterilising your nappies. Great news for Queenslanders! Not such great news for southerners in winter, although many of us can make do. As most nappies have PUL in them we advise drying your nappies inside out so that the UV rays get to the part of the nappy that will come in contact with your baby’s skin. Drying on a clothes airer inside is fine, but longer drying times can be associated with bacterial growth and smells. Placing your airer near a window will expose your nappies to UV rays even when it’s overcast and raining.

If your nappies smell it is likely you have a cleanliness problem, that is, you are not washing the urine and bacteria out of all the layers of your nappy. In this situation you need to work on lowering your surface tension of the water so that it will clean your nappies properly, by changing your thermal and/or chemical energies.

The extras:

Hot water – This has a lower surface tension than cold or warm water meaning that it gets into the fibres of the nappies and cleans them more easily as well as killing many bacteria. Hot water may decrease the lifespan of PUL and elastic but it does have the advantage over chemicals that it won’t leave a residue that could cause irritation to baby’s skin.

Anti-bacterial rinses – These will help to sterilise the nappies and once more will help to lower the water surface tension – resulting in cleaner nappies. They are recommended after gastro, thrush, live vaccinations and a bad case of nappy rash. Also handy in winter if you aren’t getting enough UV rays from the sun to sterilise your nappies.

Nappy Sanitisers – Like the anti-bacterial rinses – these use chemical energy to both kill bacteria and to lower water surfact tension. The active ingredient breaks down in water to a water softener and hydrogen peroxide – which will further break down to water and oxygen. Often cotain optical whiteners and enzymes which may cause rash. Rinse well.

Vinegar – can be used to lower the pH of the nappies caused by detergent residue. In theory if the rinse is thorough enough it shouldn’t be necessary, but it won’t hurt your nappies – as the concentration of the acid in vinegar (roughly 4%) is not strong enough to eat away at elastic as some people claim. You should always rinse with water after a vinegar rinse to wash away any residue.

Dryer – isn’t such a great idea because it deteriorates elastic and PUL in your modern nappies as well as using enormous amounts of electricity. If you do use it you will need to use it on a hot enough setting to prevent bacterial growth, since you are omitting the sterilising step that the sun performs.

Most of us who use modern cloth nappies do so because we want to reduce our footprint. We want to live eco-conscious lives, lower our impact on our environment. But this does not mean we can wish science away. Warm and hot water, detergent and chemical solutions need not be the enemies. They can help us get longer wear out of our nappies and make those years that we have little ones in nappies a pleasant, satisfying experience.

Amanda McCracken B.Com.
Amanda is a mother of four children six and under, all of whom have been cloth nappied. In 2007 she established Mandy Mac, a successful modern cloth nappy business which she runs from her home in Melbourne.

Jacqui Parncutt B.Sc. (Hons)
Jacqui is a Melbourne based medical scientist. She is a keen modern cloth user with a soft spot for microbiology. She wanted to share her knowledge of bacterial management in the laundry, especially with regard to cloth nappies.

Kirsten Randle B.Sc., M.F.Sc.
Kirsten is a very busy RAAF wife and mother. She has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Forensic Science (Firearm Chemistry) and almost completed her PhD in Applied Chemistry (Forensic Science/Counter-terrorism) as well as being an avid fan of modern cloth.

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November 1, 2010

Cloth Nappy Care: What’s A Helpful Tip For Keeping My Nappies Sorted After Washing And Drying?

Cloth Nappy Care Tips: Keeping Your Cloth Nappies Sorted and Organised Ready to Use…

What’s a helpful tip for keeping my nappies sorted after washing and drying?

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 tips our Nappy Experts have to offer about sorting cloth nappies:

How do you remove stains from modern cloth nappies?

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

I usually keep all the shells hanging with booster next to it, so if hubby needs to pack up washing he knows which is the booster which belongs to which nappy.

*** A good hint when purchasing nappies is looking for a coloured or print inner, making it almost impossible to mix up boosters due to their colours/prints.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Put them together straight after washing, and if you can’t remember which goes with what -don’t be too worried if you use different boosters in different nappies as long as it works.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

After washing and drying I reassemble the nappies: Stuff pockets, snap down one size nappies to appropriate settings and snap in inserts for AI2s.

I usually keep nappies that are used for night time separate from the day use nappies.

If I used daycare, I would store daycare nappies in my daycare bag/daycare prep area.

Yoland from Bumbino:

A husband like mine is pretty good. He is a champion at sorting nappies!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

This can be hard if you have a lot of brands in your nappy stash but it’s easiest to sit down and put all the nappies together at once, and most brands have some way of reminding you which bits go with which nappy, e.g. colour coded snaps, labels sewn on the inserts.

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

Dry them on a clothes horse all together. Clothes horses can easily be moved outside on a nice day or put over a heating vent in wet weather. If you use prefolds hang them on their first fold. So you can fold them up as you take them off the line. Wicker baskets or boxes are great to keep under your change table; one basket can hold complete nappies (easy for hubby to grab and use) the other with inserts/ prefold / covers.

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

A great way to keep everything simple is to fold your nappies and pop them under the change-table so that they are ready to use as soon as it gets to change time. This makes change time quick and easy every time.

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May 5, 2010

Why NOT to Use Cloth Nappies: Haven’t You Heard Of Disposables?

Cloth Nappies? Haven’t you heard of disposables?

When hearing ‘cloth nappies’, many people have an image spring to mind of squares of smelly towelling nappies soaking in bleach, even to go further and think about fabric squares being rung by hand through a ringer and possibly boiled in a copper before being hung to blow in the breeze!
Obviously this is an outdated yet entrenched myth, as washing machines and driers have been around for quite some time! Nevertheless, snap reactions remain, and are frequently based on old ideas. Or rather, out of date ideas. Old ideas, like hanging nappies on the line to dry actually prolongs their use, sanitizes and bleaches them, reducing their environmental impact while giving you a bit of sun; an important part of feeling bright and refreshed. For this topic we’ve asked Your Nappy Doula’s the simple question:
Why NOT to Use Cloth Nappies? What’s the ‘reason’ that you hear the most & why is it wrong?

Why Not to Use Cloth Nappies: What’s the ‘reason’ that you hear the most & why is it wrong? As advocates of modern nappies, they talk to mums a lot, meet you at fairs, expos and markets, and pretty much hear a similar range of reasons why people don’t want to consider using cloth nappies. Although the fact that they are inquiring means they likely are still wondering anyway, as you can save a LOT of using modern nappies over disposables! The responses here will highlight the usual comments, and often explain why they are not precisely accurate…

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 Safari, Cindy from Ticklefish TotsAshley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby Chilli, Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Chris froBaby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy DaysMichelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Karen from Baby Blossom.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What’s the ‘reason’ that you hear the most & why is it wrong?”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

“But doesn’t it waste water and use dangerous chemicals to wash cloth nappies?”

Quite a lot of water and chemicals go into making single-use disposable nappies. It’s better to buy a cloth nappy made from a waterwise fibre crop like bamboo, hemp, or organic cotton. And with dry-pailing wash methods, there’s no soaking or chemicals required – so it takes on average 1L of water to wash a cloth nappy.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Too much washing & you waste water washing them all the time.
Mel of Little Para Pants:
It’s too expensive.

So wrong.  Sure, the per-nappy cost is higher, but given you can reuse a cloth nappy for years, it’s almost not worth mentioning.  And who really wants a landfill full of disposable nappies still sitting around in 1000 years?  Eww.  What is that going to do to our water supply by then?

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Too much work involved in washing them.

I don’t understand this comment as everyone washes clothes, towels, sheets etc, cloth adds 1-2 extra loads a week which is nothing when you are washing every day which most families do anyway.
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
The excuse we hear most often is that people don’t want to clean poo off dirty nappies, but the fact is, even disposables should have the poo flushed from them first.

Inge of Earth Kidz:

Expensive.
Most people don’t even realise how much they spend on disposables. Hard work. What work? Turning your washing machine on?

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

Too much washing.

Hello? 2 extra loads a week and the machine does it. Welcome to the 2000’s!

Annette of Iish Fly:

I don’t want to touch poo

Well then why are you a Mum? I hate vomit, but as a mum it’s hard to avoid it. You still have to clean up from blow-outs from disposables so why not scrub the odd cloth nappy!

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Too much work!

We wash our childrens’ clothes – why not wash their underwear just like we wash ours? Rinse, dry pail, then wash. EASY!

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Disposables are so much easier!

PFFFFFT! Modern cloth nappies are JUST AS EASY to use as disposables, without having to worry that the tab is going to rip off due to shoddy mass production, or that the inside is poorly or unevenly filled which renders the disposable useless before it has even been used! The quality of disposable nappies has certainly declined over the years.

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

Most people say: “It’s too hard.”

They say they can’t be bothered washing them and hanging them out. But once you use them you love them so much that a lot of people actually enjoy washing and drying their nappies! For me it’s a nice break!

Carli from MiniLaLa:

The main excuse I hear for not using cloth is that people think:

“It is such hard work…”

Myth! It really couldn’t be easier! You put it on, take it off, pop it in a bucket, wash and dry. I always tell people that the tiny amount of extra work involved is worth it and more when you see how gorgeous your baby’s bot looks in a cloth nappy!

Tracey from Flattery:

What do i hear all the time…

“Awwww they’re cute but you have to WASH them”

It’s only 1 extra load per day – it’s not like we have to wash them by hand. Oh and my sister thought cloth nappies were expensive until I pointed out how much she spends on disposables every week!

Bec from Baby Chilli:

“Washing, I cant be bothered to wash then all the time.”

I figure you have to wash anyway so whats another load every few days, you don’t need to soak them or do anything special to them. They use much less detergent to clean them and if you put them in a wash bag then you don’t have to touch them again till they are nice and clean.
Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
“It would be too much work”
I hear this comment EVERY market I attend and make sure that person at least leaves with one of my brochures to explain the concept. I am going to launch my new website in the coming months and my new slogan will be Cloth for Comfort – Modern Cloth Nappies. Hard work? Think again!
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
“Oh it’s too time-consuming” or “It doesn’t really help the environment any more than disposables, there’s a lot of water wastage, detergent use…”
Kate from Nappy Days:
Waste of family time” and that “Washing and folding them takes forever
It takes no longer to use and wash cloth nappies today than it does to use and dispose of disposable nappies.
Alisha of Baby Safari:
I have been told it will increase nappy rash, in my case that has not been true as neither of my children suffer from nappy rashes.
“Too much work.”

Wrong because you don’t soak anymore and the washing machine does the work!
Karen from Baby Blossom:
“Cloth nappies are way too much work.”  “Cloth nappies give nappy rash.”
I guess these are the two biggest myths why people won’t use cloth that I come across.
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…

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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:

Sunlight!
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!
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.

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.

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MODERN CLOTH

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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