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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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