Washing cloth nappies

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Washing cloth nappies

Post by flutterby on Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:54 pm

All natural fabrics need to be washed to reach their full absorbency so
alot of nappy manufacturers will advice you wash their nappies several
times before use, however I have found if you are using them from birth
you will be changing them that often that there is no need to do them
more than once, they will have reached full absorbency by the time your
LO needs it! However if you get new nappies when your LO is older a few
prewashes may be advisable!

All man made fabrics, such as
fleece, PUL and microfibre will only need one prewash to get rid of any
residues on the fabric from the manufacturer, as they often put
softener on the nappies to make them feel ultra soft when you get them.

So washing, the dos and don't

DON'T use fabric softener
DO lots of rinses to prevent build up
DO a prewash to stop poo staining in the hot wash
DO wash nappies at 60 until 6 months, then you can switch to 40 if you choose
DON'T use the recommended amount of detergent, a 1/4 to a 1/3 will be plenty
DON'T prewash hemp with other natural fabrics as the oils in it can coat other fabrics, will be fine after first wash
bit of an obvious one DO wash with like colours

to the rules is the use of bold 2 in 1 as the fabric softener in this
is clay based so will be absolutely fine with you nappies

My washing regime, just to give you an idea

Make sure all velcro is closed and any inserts and boosters are removed from nappies
Cold prewash, with no detergent
Hot wash with 1/4 reccomended amount of detergent
Cold wash no detergent ( you could just do cold rinses instead of washes if you like)
Additional rinses if any suds remain

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Re: Washing cloth nappies

Post by QuintinsMommy on Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:15 pm

thanks, i wish I could use them but I have to all my washing at my moms , so it wouldnt work for me Sad


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Post by Love Bunny on Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:20 am

Awww thats a shame Sad x

Yeah I second the fabric softener thing xD It happened to me when a nappy slipped in my normal load and it leaked all over the place when I chanced it lmao !!
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Post by Sazzles on Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:12 pm

oh great tips hanna Smile id have never had a clue about that if you hadnt posted!


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