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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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