Wash Routine for Cloth Nappies

In order to keep your nappies free from damage and covered by our warranty, it is important that nappy shells are washed up to a maximum temperature 60 degrees celsius. The maximum recommended machine spin speed is 800RPM.

LOW heat tumble only on shells (occasionally not everyday)  with caution as high heats can delaminate the PUL liquid resistant lining.

Upon receiving your New nappies, they only need to be soaked in the wash tub over night or put on for 1 hot wash cycle to gain absorbency for immediate use.  

WASH ROUTINE

 Before washing your new nappies, unsnap all the nappy shells and inserts from themselves, separating all parts to avoid tearing fabrics 

 DRY PAIL

Rinse dirty/wet nappy under cold water to remove solids or tip solids into toilet (ploppable poo) 

Dry pail nappy until wash day- This means place the nappies and inserts in a breathable bucket allowing for smells to be emitted. This process will prolong the life span of your nappies, avoid mould or ammonia forming in the fibres. Do not leave any longer than 2-3 days particularly in a hot room or climates as mould grows quickly.

 

PREWASH:

Wash nappy with detergent on an every day cycle. This is a 1hour cycle. If your machine doesn’t have this a 30 minute cycle is still effective.

(using the detergent manufacturer amount- usually half-one scoop/cap)

Stains can also be treated with Sard Soap Bars, spray or roll on stain removal products. These can be found in major supermarkets. Do not leave on any longer than 2-3 days before washing the inserts.

You can bulk this pre wash load with small spew cloths, baby clothing (avoid Velcro) undies, socks to allow agitation.

MAIN WASH:

40-60 degrees with detergent (dosage recommended by your detergent manufacturer- usually one full scoop/cap. Check detergent packaging for recommended amount for a heavy soiled load)

1 Full dose (scoop or cap) on a cotton, everyday or heavy cycle on your machine or by the detergent manufacturers guidelines for a heavy soiled load amount. You want this cycle to last 2 hours. 

Add a stain removal if necessary if inserts have not already been pre-treated.

**Make sure to bulk your main wash load- baby clothes, spew cloths, undies, socks, tea towels for agitation. If you used them in the pre wash you can re use them for the main wash. If not, bulk your machine 2/3- 3/4 full depending on the size of your machine as agitation is required to effectively clean soiling. You don’t want the load to be unable to move properly during a cycle so no need to over bulk. Under bulking can cause over sudsing in the load mainly in front loader machines (it’s a white wash bubbly look). This leaves the nappies/ inserts feeling slimy and not cleaned effectively. If this happens run the load through a rinse cycle no detergent.

DO NOT USE fabric softeners/ Bleach/ Vinegar/household cleaning product in these wash cycles

 

DRY:

Hang nappies and inserts on clothes line in shade to dry or 1-2 hours during the day in the sun. Hang by pegging front and back of nappy sideways to avoid over stretching of elastics, or lay then over the runs of a clothes horse.

or

Tumble dry on a low heat ONLY (This should only be done occasionally. It's best to hang on a clothes airer/horse for best results)

 

Please Note-

Do not exceed washing machine speeds of 800 RPM, as excessive speeds can over stretch the elastics. Check your machines manual for spin speeds. Some machines might have medium speeds of 1000-1100.

Do not wash the nappy shells, wet bag or swim nappies on a hot wash any more than 60 degrees as this can delaminate the water resistant lining and will void your warranty. (There are exceptions and this is one off sanitising or ‘strip’ methods. Please reach out to us to clarify and provide you with guidance) To avoid damaging or fading fabrics, do not soak in chemicals or bleaches as a regular occurrence. 

Nappy rash, skin barrier creams are fine to use but will require a warm to hot wash to remove oil and zinc residue that will impact absorbency. We recommend using a liner with nappy creams - we DO NOT recommend using 'flushable' liners as these are misleading and not to be flushed in toilets. We reccommend using a micro fleece liner which can be reused by washing with your nappies.

Using certain pegs or clothes pins on inserts can cause snags in the fabric which will evenutate to a small hole or runs in the fabrics. The same goes for our athletic wicking jersey fabric. 

Do NOT wash your cloth nappies with other clothing items such as baby clothes with velcro, velcro bibs, broken zippers, buttons that are the loose kind or velcro nappies with no wash tabs attached as this can cause damage to the athletic wicking jersey fabric and void your warranty. Wash cloths, tea towels, baby clothes, undies, socks, kids clothing that’s small are all good items to bulk a nappy wash with and give great agitation to get the nappies clean.