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September 17, 2012

Washing Nappies: Stains on Your Australian Cloth Nappies? Tips for Removing Nappy Stains…

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Washing Nappies: Stains on your Australian Cloth Nappies?

Discover How to remove Stains from Your Cloth Nappies With Ease, and Without Causing Damage.

Tips for removing stains from cloth nappies. It’s simple. Look outside. Nature has the way with these natural nappies every 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:

How do you remove stains from modern cloth nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Sunlight will remove most of your discolouration, but sometimes it takes a few washes.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

The sun, sun, sun and I recommend to wash every day to two days maximum.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R US:

My absolute fave tip for stain removal is SUNLIGHT – drying in the sunshine to bleach them and then a hand scrub with sunlight soap (AKA Velvet soap) for any stains that aren’t budging in the sunshine. I havent found a stain that sunlight or sunlight soap couldn’t handle 🙂

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

The best thing for removing stains from nappies is some time in the sunshine.  For extremely stubborn stains give them a scrub with sunlight/velvet soap.

Kate from Bouncing Bubs:

Simple warm wash (60°C is best) on a long cycle with an extra rinse at the end with only ¼ the amount of detergent.  Air dry outside in the sunshine as the UV acts as a natural bleach and steriliser.

Sarah from Billy and the Bow Wow:

Hanging out in the sunlight will remove most stains. Some bi-carb in with your wash will help too (approx. 2tbsp).

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

If you have stains on your cloth nappies DO NOT USE STAIN REMOVER. Resist the urge. Put the spray down. Stain removers break down the fabrics in the nappy.

Trying washing more than once and then leave them on the clothes line in full sun. The sun will bleach most stains out of your nappies.

If that doesn’t work, try strip washing (which involves washing your clean, dry nappies in hot water (no more than 60 degrees) without any detergent. After the first wash, wash again with a very small amount of dishwashing detergent or shampoo (no more than a teaspoon) and then wash as many times as needed to remove all the bubbles from the water coming out of your washing machine.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Lots of sunshine will fade and naturally bleach stains from nappies. But at the end of the day, if the nappy is washed and clean the stains are only cosmetic.

Therese from Bumbly Bootique:

We always recommend rinsing all soiled nappies asap before dry pailing, you should never leave solids to stick to the nappy for longer than it takes to get baby changed and safely away (be it cot, playpen, someone else etc.).  You should rinse the nappy either with a nappy sprayer attached to toilet, or tissue off excess then rinse away in the laundry sink. If stains and touching solids really worry you, liners are very good for a mess free and quick way of disposing solids.  Any stains still on the nappy after a full wash cycle should then be placed in the Sun for drying.  If it’s raining, just get your nappy out to the Sun as soon as you can.

 Helen from Ezy Peezies:

The best treatment for stains is prevention.  EzyPeezies uses a charcoal bamboo lining, which being a dark grey colour is a lot more forgiving than white! We recommend washing your nappies every second day as leaving dirty nappies sitting for longer makes stains more likely and harder to remove. If you have a particularly messy nappy, rinse it out as soon as possible. In this case, I usually throw it straight into the washing machine with whatever is in the nappy bucket and run it through on a rinse cycle before adding to the nappy bucket. If you do get stains on your nappies, the best solution is the sun. If possible, lie nappies out flat in the direct sunlight, inside out. For stubbon stains, nappies may need an extra day or two to help fade them.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

Try and get nappies that use stain resistant fabrics like suede cloth. Rinse off any waste as soon as you change the nappy, if its still discoloured put it in a shallow bucket of water to soak whilst awaiting the wash. If you still have stains try and get the nappies out into the sunshine for some natural bleaching!


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