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July 20, 2012

Washing Nappies HELP! Tips for Washing My *Brand New* Australian Cloth Nappies?

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Washing Nappies HELP!

Need the Best Tips for Washing Your *Brand New* Australian Cloth Nappies?

Washing your cloth nappies. This is something that Mums new to using modern nappies are concerned about. But with some basic knowledge you will be washing your cloth nappies confidently and effectively ridding them of stains, smells and baby wee! This article will give you the best advice for when you first bring those nappies home and prepare them BEFORE your baby wears their cloth nappies for the first time.

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 is the best thing to do when I first get some new cloth nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Pre-wash your nappies before use, to remove any residue/dyes from manufacturing.  Remember to half the detergent, and avoid liquids, brighteners, and softeners.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

Prewash only once before use to save water as there is no need to wash several times before use.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

Brand new nappies will need to be prewashed as couple of times to get the fabrics absorbency levels at its max but if ur not a fan of wasting water (and really, who is??) then try an over night soak of the inserts in cold clean water then toss the inserts and shells in the wash with your next load. Be aware which nappies are new as you might need to change them a little sooner than your broken in old faithfuls (for the first few washes).

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

Although fabrics like bamboo and hemp don’t reach peak absorbency until they have been washed around 6 – 8 times you only need to wash them once before use.  Just change them slightly more frequently until they have built up their absorbency.  This saves wasting extra water washing clean nappies.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

Wash & dry 3 times before use to increase absorbency.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

I would always pre-wash before use at least 2-3 times. This will remove any residue from the manufacturing process, and as in the case of bamboo, maximum absorbency is reached only after a number of washes first. Wash in cold water, with an environmentally friendly detergent that doesn’t contain enzymes. Then hang out to dry on the line (hang sideways (horizontally) and peg front and back, ensuring elastics are not stretched).

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

When you get your new nappies, you have to fight the urge to put them straight on your bub (yes, I know it is hard, but you have to). Before you use your nappies, you must wash them a minimum of 4 times. Most nappies will come with instructions from the supplier and you must follow those instructions if you do not want to void your warranty. Some suppliers suggest that you need to dry the nappies between washes and some don’t. Washing a minimum of 4 times will make the nappies absorbent. Without doing it, your nappies will leak. You can’t skip this step! As a short cut, you could try soaking the nappies overnight and then washing them once in the morning. If they leak after that, you can wash them a few more times.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Simply machine wash once and use when dry, bearing in mind to change bub sooner initially, since it takes a few washes for the nappy to reach full absorbency.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

Washing new nappies several times will improve the absorbency of bamboo and it is therefore recommended by us to put your nappies through the 2-3 wash cycles prior to use. Only use laundry detergent (and nothing else) with the first cycle, then follow with another couple of cycles with no detergent to help loosen the bamboo fibres more. Drying between washes is not required.
Nappies with no bamboo or hemp would need only to be washed once prior to use.

Helen from Ezy Peezies:

Before using your new MCN’s we recommend that you pop all the nappies and inserts into the washing machine and run through a full wash cycle without any detergent. Once the cycle has finished, run it through on a second plain cold cycle. There is no need to dry the nappies in between. This is to help remove any residues that may remain from the manufacturing process, as well as increasing the absorbency of the bamboo fabrics. Bamboo takes about 8 washes to reach its full absorbency. You can dry, and use your nappies after the two initial plain washes, but just be aware your nappies won’t be at their full absorbency for the first couple of uses and you may want to change a little more frequently or add an additional booster to prevent any leaks.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

 You have a few choices with new nappies. You could do a full strip wash to remove any manufacturing chemicals and other build up in your fabric. Otherwise wash them once with soap, then do a few rinse cycles or short wash cycles without soap. They will get more absorbant over time but this will be sufficient for the first use. Be mindful though your nappies may not last as long till after a few wears!


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