Washing Your Real Nappies
Washing is made super easy with Real Nappies. And if you use the nappy liners, then you can flush all the nasties away so NO SMELLS, NO SOAKING, NO HOT WASH! Whoop whoop, easy peasy.
Here's what to do.
Cotton Nappy Prefolds
Storing dirty nappies
Our favourite way to store your dirty nappies is using the Dry Pail method.
What to do:
- Use a Nappy Liner to catch the solids (meaning nappies are unlikely to be soiled and won’t require soaking) and flush away with the solids.
- Rinse the cloth nappy in cold water if necessary.
- Leave in a bucket with a secure lid (no need to add water or soaking powder) until wash day.
Washing dirty nappies
On wash day:
- Add your dirty nappies to the machine.
- Add a dessertspoon of Nappy Fresh as well as your ordinary washing powder. We recommend using about ¼ of the manufacturers recommended detergent amount.
- Turn on (no need to hot wash).
Soaking dirty nappies
If you choose to soak your dirty nappies, we recommend using Nappy Fresh Washing powder.
- Dissolve one tablespoon of Nappy Fresh in 3 litres of lukewarm water.
- Soak for at least two hours, or simply leave over night.
- Rinse thoroughly or use the rinse cycle on the washing machine.
Drying your nappies
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 a dry and empty bucket until wash day. Do not soak.
Washing dirty covers
- Rinse after use to avoid stains
- Close the Velcro tabs on the nappy covers to prevent the Velcro sticking to other cloth in the machine.
- Add to your other washing and machine wash.
- Use a small amount of detergent as build up of detergent can affect the effectiveness of the Snug Wraps overtime. We recommend using ¼ of the manufacturer’s recommended amount.
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, though we do not recommend the long term use of a dryer.
Remember: Do not use fabric softener or drier sheets. Do not use 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.
Avoid detergents that contain:
- Whitening enzymes (help dissolve stains, but can cause skin reactions on sensitive babies).
- Whiteners and Brightners (tiny particles that remain on your clothes making them seem brighter after washing. These are not necessary and may cause skin irritation)
- Fragrances and Dyes (Unnecessary chemicals for babies’ laundry)
- Bleach (harsh chemical against babies’ delicate skin and can ruin the Snug Wraps)
- Fabric softener (leaves a residue on your nappies and will cause them to be less absorbent)
- Soap Flakes (leaves residue on your nappies)
- Borax (this will break down the Snug Wrap covers eventually)
Please check out our full list of Detergents For Cloth Nappies, including the ones we recommend.
Tips and Hints
- Soiled nappies are ideal breeding ground for mould, mildew and bacteria – make sure you wash your nappies every 2-3 days to keep them clean, fresh and white.
- Do not use fabric softener as it can reduce the absorbency of the prefold cloth nappies and reduce the waterproof characteristics of the Snug Wrap nappy covers.
- Store used cloth nappy inserts in a pail or bin with a lid. There’s no need to soak, and wash the cloth nappy inserts every other day and the nappy covers only as you need to.