Cloth nappies undergo quite a bit of laundering in their lifetime. They spend a lot of in time wet, acidic or alkaline solutions. Combined with high wash temperatures and excessive tumble drying these will all take their toll and can shorten the lifespan of your nappies. To get the most out of your nappies follow our Do’s and Don’t’s.
- Follow the wash care instructions on the label.
- Wash your cloth nappies a few times prior to use to increase the absorbency of the towelling. This will mean up to 10 washes to get them up to full absorbency but if you really can’t wait, you can use them after a couple of washes.
- Fold back the hook and loop laundry tabs as they will damage your nappies in the wash otherwise. Unfolded laundry tabs are a major cause of fabric balding so please, please use them.
- Use a one way liner. This will protect your babies bottom by keeping it dry and it will protect your nappy from staining especially from the dreaded bright yellow breastfed poo! It also makes getting rid of poo easier, not to be underestimated.
- If you are not using a liner get as much poo off the nappies as you can before putting them into the nappy bucket by sluicing i.e. holding in the flush of the toilet.
- Use a laundry mesh. It makes getting all those dirty nappies into the washing machine a doddle AND it saves you from having to touch them. Always a bonus with those extra poopy nappies!
- Use non-biological powders as they are better for both baby and the environment. There is also an enzyme present in some bio detergents which is corrosive to bamboo fibre and cotton. It works by digesting the stains out of your nappies but unfortunately takes the fabric with it! Ecoballs and Ecoegg should also be avoided. For total piece of mind you could try our specially formulated nappy wash powder Potion.
- Line dry whenever you can. Not only will sunlight bleach stains out of your nappies but the UV radiation will kill bacteria too. You can tumble dry the nappies on a cool setting if needed but buy some pegs and save your pennies!
- Strip wash Easyfits every 3 months to avoid detergent build up.
- Don’t leave them for more than 2 days before washing if you want to reduce the chance of nappies staying stained.
- Don’t use fabric softeners as this leaves a residue which coats the fabric fibres and decreases the absorbency of the towelling.
- Don’t soak your nappies in harsh stain removers. If you do have a pile of very stinky nappies and want to soak, use either water or a mild solution of our own powder, Potion as it has been specially formulated for use with nappies.
- Don’t use bleach or other harsh stain removers. They will shorten the lifespan of your nappies and will void your guarantee.
- Don’t use pastes of wash powder and apply direct to stains, this is too concentrated.
- Don’t wash your nappies in dishwashers tabs!! ( Yes we do see it being recommended, would you wear knickers that had been washed in dishwasher powder?)
- Don’t boil wash. If you are worried about bacteria, leave your nappies in bright sunlight, even in winter-time.
- Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar can dissolve cotton and bamboo fibres. Whilst a lot of nappy websites recommend using them to sanitise and soften nappies they will drastically shorten their lifespan and render your guarantee void.
- Barrier creams, such as Sudocrem, and other oil based products can coat the fibres of the nappy and reduce absorbency. When using a barrier cream you must always use a liner.
A final note:
We have had some very bedraggled little nappies come home to us and it just makes us sad to hear what some people do to them to keep them white or stain free. Repeat after us “Whiter than white simply ain’t right”! The nappies are there to catch waste and over time they may become stained, this is to be accepted and is not a fault. For our full range of laundry accessories click here