1. Upon receiving new inserts, wash them multiple times to increase absorbancy,
this can take up to 10 times to reach maximum level. You can use inserts after the first couple of washes,
but note they will not reach full potential just yet.
2. Add a pre-wash to your cycle to help remove stains.
3. Do NOT use bleach with your nappies.
4. Do NOT wash nappies in temperatures over 40* this will keep you safe from any possible de-laminating.
5. Line dry, with the inner lining facing the sun when possible.
6. If necessary tumble dry on low temperature.
7. Store nappies in a breathable basket until wash day.
8. Wash every 3-4 days maximum.
9. Agitation is KEY, the more agitation you have the easily your stains will be removed.
A Good Wash Routine
Once you start using your nappies it might take a bit of time perfecting your wash routine.
This is due to the large amount of factors involved, type of machine, type of detergent, type of stain remover, the weather in the location where you live, how hard or soft your locations water is and so on...
this is a basic wash routine, if you need help modifying your routine check the FAQs, contact us directly, or book a consultation.
1. Once you have cleaned off the soiled nappy remove the inserts and place it in your nappy basket,
personally we like to hang them up, no difference.
2. Collect 3-4 days worth of nappies, spew rags, bibs, face washers, cloth wipes, make sure you have a full load for maximum agitation,
we usually throw the tea towels in as well for any extra bulk.
3. Choose a detergent. Not all detergents are cloth nappy friendly.
If you are unsure of the quality of your detergent we checked out the detergent and machine guides on
Clean Cloth Nappies Down Under to see tried and tested recommendations for our machine type
and for the detergent we already use.
4. Choose a pre-wash cycle. This cycle is better if it has a separate compartment for washing powder. If not use a quick pre-wash separately to your main wash.
5. Choose a main wash.
6. Line dry nappies overnight, in the sun, in the shade, or in the dryer on a low temperature. Take your pick.
7. Stuff, fold and store nappies ready for next use.
Removal Of Solids From Soiled Nappy
Depending on your child and its age you may come across many or few poos during the length of the day.
Milk waste is quite liquidy and can be rinsed under the laundry tap or using a plumbed in spray nozzle into the toilet.
This works best by removing the inserts first to prevent the absorption of any extra water.
They can also be left until the end of the day and rinsed in the machine by a pre-wash cycle, but best to detail with it while it's fresh.
Solids waste is very much that - Solid. You've reached human poo territory.
Do not worry, a cloth mum has no more poo situations than a disposable mum, they clean up 'explosions' and you knock solids into the toilet. The latter is much easier to deal with.
Tip the waste into the toilet, give it a jiggle if it's a bit sticky and flush it away.
Remove the inserts and leave in the basket for the main wash, or pre-wash that night if desired.
If there are any stubborn stops just as you did for milk waste, rinse under the tap or spray with a toilet spray hose,
we use a pot scrubbing brush to flick off any extras.