Prior to first time use, nappies and inserts made from bamboo and hemp should be washed on a regular cycle with detergent, in water of any temperature. These fabrics will continue building absorbency with use, due to the structure of the fibres.
Storage: Dirty Nappies
- A dry pail is a basket to store wet/dirty nappies before they are washed.
- A plastic laundry basket is ideal. It is easy to clean, and the multiple holes allows a lot of air-flow. This minimises the formation of ammonia, by evaporating the water from the urine.
- Reusable nappies are no longer soaked, as it creates a breeding ground for bacteria, causes extra wear and tear to nappies, is a drowning hazard and is more work!
- A plastic basket with lots of holes is easy to clean, and will create air-flow to minimise smells.
- Wet nappies go straight in the pail
- Nappies containing poo, or particularly concentrated urine (i.e night nappies) should be emptied over the toilet and rinsed thoroughly before going in the dry pail
- Any particularly smelly or stained nappies can be sprayed with any brand of stain remover after rinsing, before being placed in the dry pail. This will reduce odour and aid washing.
Nappies are the dirtiest garment of clothing that you will be washing so we recommend doing a prewash as well as a main wash. The prewash gets rid of the bulk of the soiling to ensure that your nappies are nice and clean once they come out of the main wash (and onto bub!)
For detergent to work at it’s best, a warm/hot wash is ideal (40-60°C)
- Prewash (every 1-2 days)
- Remove inserts from pocket and unclip, fasten Velcro onto the laundry tab, load nappies and wetbags into the washing machine
- Add half the amount of detergent listed on the pack
- Select the shortest wash cycle (ideally 30-60 minutes)
- Wash on warm/hot 40-60°C
- Main Wash (up to every 4 days)
- You can add other laundry (small items no larger than a flat nappy)
- You should be aiming for a 2/3 full when wet for a front loader or “stew” consistency for a top loader.
- Add the full recommended amount of detergent for a heavily soiled load
- Larger machines require more detergent
- If you choose a plant based or sensitive detergent you may need to increase the amount used.
- Choose the longest wash cycle, we recommend using a wash cycle of 40-60°C (warm/hot)
- No need to add extra rinse cycles
- Line dry (ideally out of direct sun) or dry in the dryer on low
- Hang nappy shells sideways, pegging the front and back to ensure the elastics aren’t being stretched during drying
- To prolong the life of the elastics, let them cool down fully after getting them out of the dryer before stuffing.
There isn’t a one size fits all approach to cleaning nappies. Not all machines or detergents are equal. If you are having any issues please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions, or alternatively www.cleanclothnappies.com is a great resource with plenty of factual, scientifically based information including washing routines, choosing a detergent and much more.