- Soiled nappies – rinse off with water or dispose of solid stools in toilet, then rinse with water.
- Place nappies in either a dry bucket or a wet one with water and water soluble eucalyptus or tea tree oil.
Put nappies through a rinse cycle before washing in warm or hot water with minimal detergent.
To maintain quality and high absorbency levels avoid highly perfumed and acidic detergents, bleaches and fabric softeners.
- Every other wash during the rinse cycle, place 1 teaspoon to ½ cup of white vinegar, depending on the size of the load. Vinegar softens the nappy and clears soap residue that may cause nappy rash.
- For extra soft nappies place them in dryer for 10-15 minutes prior to hanging on the line.
- If possible hang nappies on the line in direct sunlight as the sun is a natural bleaching and antibacterial agent – great stain remover for those pooy nappies.
Washing your Breast Pads
- Simply place breast pads in your everyday washing.
- Build-up of soap residue causes nappies, absorbency layers and breast pads to decrease absorbency and start smelling. Wash items at least twice on a hot cycle without detergent to remove the residue.
- Adding vinegar to your normal rinse wash cycle as well as using minimal detergent will reduce the need to strip wash.
- Never use fabric softener as this reduces absorbency.
Hanging your Cloth Nappies on a Clothes Line
Bamboo can take a full day to dry on the clothes line, especially if not in direct sun.
From experience, it is best to hang the nappies on the line in the following way to ensure a fast drying time.
Grab the nappy on either side of the back elastic and flick down to flatten the fabric of the nappy out. Fold an inch of the nappy over the clothes line and peg with the terry towelling facing the sun.
I have always found that pegging on the tabs allows too much fabric gather through the centre, resulting in longer drying times.
- Peg the absorbency layers by one corner. Pegging 2 corners only prolongs the drying time.
- Fold over absorbency booster and breast pad as little as possible and peg.