Washing is made super easy with Real Nappies. MINIMUM SMELLS, NO SOAKING.  Whoop whoop, easy peasy.

A poor wash routine will reduce the longevity of your nappies and can affect their performance. 

Keep your nappies smell-free, stain-free and clean in 5 easy steps:  Information Source: Clean Cloth Nappies

  1. Detergent choice
  2. Remove and rinse soiling
  3. Prewash cycle
  4. Main wash cycle
  5. Dry

Cotton Nappy Prefolds

Storing dirty prefolds and night boosters

The best way to store dirty nappies is using the Dry Pail method.

What to do:

  • Use a Nappy Liner to catch the solids (meaning nappies are less likely to be soiled). Dispose of the solids in the toilet like you would from a disposable. Dispose of the Nappy Liner in the rubbish bin.
  • If you don't use a Nappy Liner, wipe as much of the soiling off with toilet paper or plop into the toilet. People also use silicone spatulas or brushes (labelled for nappies only!!) or handheld bidet attachments to make it easier.
  • Store in an open/airy dry pail until wash day. No need to soak nappies. (Wee nappies don't require rinsing! If you choose to rinse your soiled nappies, ensure as much water as possible is squeezed out of them or give them a quick spin in the washing machine. Spinning out water prevents ammonia formation.)

Washing dirty nappies

  1. Pre-wash within 1-2 days at 40 - 60 degrees water with a good quality mainstream detergent (eg Persil Ultimate or Omo) for 30-60 minutes. This removes the bulk of the soiling and urine from the inserts so that they wash properly in the main wash.

  2. Main wash within 2-3 days at 40 - 60 degrees for at least 2.5 hours with a good quality mainstream detergent (eg Persil Ultimate or Omo). Bulk washing with other small items such as baby clothes, bibs & cloth wipes. This is to ensure there are enough items in the washing machine for effective friction and washing. The machine should be 3/4 full.

  3. Line dry. Inserts can be tumble dried to speed up the drying process. Our nappies dry very fast as they open out, so either line dry or machine dry. We recommend line drying as dryers can degrade the cotton over time.

Snug Wrap Covers

Storing dirty covers

Store your dirty Snug Wraps in an open/airy dry pail until wash day. Do not soak. 

Washing dirty covers

  1. Rinse after use or heavy soiling or if soils contain particularly staining food such as berries; to avoid stains.
  2. Close the Velcro tabs on the nappy wash tabs to prevent the Velcro sticking to other cloth in the machine.
  3. Add to your main wash day load with the other items.
  4. Use the stated amount of detergent on the box. You may need slightly more detergent for larger washing machines.


Snug Wraps dry very very quickly and so they can be easily hung out to dry. Even on a winters day, they will dry quickly inside. However, they can be put in the dryer if necessary but only on a low temperature setting, though we do not recommend the long term use of a dryer.

Remember: Do not use fabric softener or drier sheets. Do not use strong chlorine bleach. Do not iron. Do not soak.

    Which Detergent to use?

    Using the right detergent is very important to ensure the longevity of your nappies. Mainstream good quality detergents will give you the best results.

    Avoid detergents that contain:

    • Whiteners and Brighteners (tiny particles that remain on your clothes making them seem brighter after washing.  These are not necessary and may cause skin irritation)
    • Fabric softener (leaves a residue on your nappies and will cause them to be less absorbent)
    • Soap Flakes (leaves residue on your nappies)


    Tips and Hints

    • Soiled nappies are ideal breeding ground for mould, mildew and bacteria – make sure you wash your nappies in the stated timeframes.
    • These recommendations should be adapted to consider your washing machine type and size (you will need more detergent for a larger washing machine), detergent choice, water hardness and individual user requirements.
    • Get in touch with us at info@realnappies.com for support with your wash routine, we want to help you succeed!
    • Visit https://cleanclothnappies.com or join the Clean Cloth Nappies ™ Facebook Group to learn more and find additional support from other parents or caregivers.