As an accredited member of the Australian Nappy Association, we support and recommend the Association's washing guidelines
Prepping new nappies
- Bamboo takes up to 6 washes to reach full capacity but there's no need to wash them 6 times before use. Either soak them in a bucket overnight then do a regular wash, if you've purchased newborn nappies it's unlikely your baby will out wet them before they reach capacity anyway so if you're impatient just wash once or twice.
Basic washing routine
- Dry pail your nappies and wash every 2 days (if your child has acidic wee you may find wet pailing beneficial)
- Pre-wash in warm water to remove as much urine and bacteria from the nappy as possible
- Regular wash in cold-warm water with a full dose of detergent as per the detergent manufacturers recommendations
- Final rinse and spin to ensure any residule detergent has been rinsed off. Don't spin over 800 as that causes undue stress on elastics
- Line drying with the nappy folded in half to prevent undue stress on the elastics is preferred but if tumble drying, do so on a low setting
Some tips to keep your nappies in tip top shape
- Follow the detergent manufacturers directions regarding the correct amount of detergent to use.
- We don't recommend detergents that contain brighteners or whiteners because there is just no need for them. They are a molecule that sits in the fabric to reflect blue light to give the appearance that the fabric is whiter than it actually is. For people with sensitive skin it is a known irritant and is documented as causing rashes, as nappies are worn in the most delicate part of your babies body it's best to avoid them.
- We have had great success (personally and for our customers) using Biozet rapid liquid as it contains MCN safe enzymes (protese and lipase) to break down the proteins and fat that are found in urine and feces meaning your nappies are getting cleaned well. It's also grey water friendly and ticks a lot of eco friendly boxes. There are lots of other suitable detergents in your supermarket to suit your circumstances.
- We don't recommend the use bleaches or other chemicals on your nappies as this will break down the soft fibres of the bamboo over time and can also be really damaging to PUL. Avoid using washing soda on a regular basis as that can wear the PUL faster (it's a sharp molecule and creates friction as it rubs against the PUL) it can also break down the binding agents of the bamboo cellulose fibre causing holes in your bamboo. In Australia we have ample sunshine and it is the single best thing we have to remove stains and bacteria
- If you line dry be aware that the sun is a great bleaching and anti-bacterial agent but is also really harsh on elastic so if possible try not to have your nappies sitting out in the hot sun for too long (particularly an issue in the hotter states)
- If you dry in the dryer, do so on a low setting if you can. Extensive dryer use will make the nappies a little thinner over time in the same way it does your clothing so use your best judgement, if there's been days of rain and you just can't get your nappies dry then a trip through the dryer won't hurt. If possible just put the inserts in the dryer rather than covers and shells to help extend their life.
- Most importantly make sure that your wash cycle is washing with enough water to clean the nappies. If your child has particularly acidic urine you may need to change your washing practices further, if this is a problem for you please send us an email we are here to help.
Remember that cloth nappies are reusable but aren't indestructible, treating them with a little TLC will go a long way!