Think of your nappies like a new towel, they need to be washed to build absorbency. You can either wash the inserts 4 times in a washing machine, you only need to use detergent for one cycle, and then dry on the washing line. Or you can soak the nappy inserts for a minimum of 24 hours and then wash with the outer cover in the washing machine with detergent once and then dry on the washing line.
Storing Dirty Nappies before washing
A Dry Pail with large holes to allow plenty of airflow, no need to have dangerous soak buckets around the house! Not to mention that wet pails promote nasty bacteria growth. If you are unable to have a dry pail ford to circumstances then a large Wet Bag will work also.
Cleaning wet/soiled nappies
For wet nappies pop them directly into a dry pail. For night nappies rinse well under the tap before adding to dry pail. For soiled nappies you can flush what you can down the toilet then rinse or use a disposable nappy liner. Additional option is to invest in a sprayer (otherwise known as bidet) which you can buy from Bunnings and install to the tap behind your toilet. This makes cleaning soiled nappies very easy as you can just spray the mess off and directly into the toilet and then pop into the dry pail.
The washing cycle
You will find a schedule that works for you, but from personal experience (one baby in full time cloth) I like to do a pre wash or short cycle every day then store in dry pail and then a main wash every 2-3 day.
Make sure you remove the inserts from the nappy cover before washing. Washing machine for main wash should be loaded full(loosely not compacted) when dry or 3/4 if wet to promote correct amount of agitation to remove stains. Run the nappies through a rinse or pre wash cycle first to remove any excess residue on the nappies. Once the rinse is complete, run them on a long warm cycle between 40*-60* (not over 60 degrees) with the recommended amount of detergent and preferably one that contains enzymes. Do not use fabric softener or bleach as this can damage the materials as well as resulting in a build up in the insert material reducing absorbency. You can follow the wash cycle with a final rinse to be sure they are completely detergent free if you wish. You can even add in bubs clothes, wipes and wash cloths (no bigger than 60cm x 60cm) after the prewash to save on water and bulk out the load. If using reusable liners make sure you place into a mesh wash bag with large holes to allow adequate water flow
Inserts – Outside on the line or cloths horse in full sun is best.
(Sunlight shouldn’t be used to remove stains as it only bleach’s the outer stain and doesn’t remove the bacteria or inner residue)
Outer Shells– Dry in shade or indoors or for only short periods in the sun especially on hot days.
You can use a dryer on the lowest setting. This has the potential to permanently wear your nappies if used regularly. It is best if you don’t put the outer shells in dryer but if you do remember not to stretch elastics until fully cooled.
How to fit OSFM Nappy?
Start with the nappy sitting just under the child’s bottom, not pulled right up at the back.
Pull the front of the nappy up, reaching past the belly button.
Pull the side tabs up and across before snapping in place. The nappy should be firm but not too tight. Two fingers should fit at the waist, between the stomach and the nappy, it is ok for a small gap when the child stands/moves.
The leg elastics should sit in the leg creases, between the top of the thighs and the bottom. No gaps should be visible in the leg creases, if there are, the bottom snaps need to be tightened or the length of the nappy needs to be adjusted
How many nappies do I need?
Newborns: 12-18 per day.
Babies 6-18 months: Between 9-12 per day.
Toddlers 18 months and up: 6-9 per day.
Can I use cloth nappies when I am out and about?
Yes! You absolutely can and it’s easy. All you need is a wet bag to pop your nappy in after you have changed bub and then take home and wash as normal.
Where are your nappies made?
Our nappies are produced with love in China, in an accredited factory that specialises in making eco friendly baby products, specifically cloth nappies. This factory meets our environmental and ethical standards and we have a very close relationship with the workers.