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Washing Guidelines and Tips

Washing cloth nappies is a very easy and clean process. There is no need for soaking, boiling or any need to even touch them when putting them in the washing machine. Cloth nappies can be up to 40% better for the environment than using disposables but it does depend on how you use them. Follow our washing guidelines to help you achieve the maximum savings:

After buying your cloth nappies you need to prewash them, we would recommend at least twice so that the nappy reaches its full absorbency.

Place a liner in the reusable nappy, then put the nappy onto your baby. Make sure you add a waterproof wrap if necessary and check that all of the absorbent part is tucked in.

The nappy should be fine for a few hours but make sure to change it if it becomes soiled, as this can cause nappy rash.

Change your baby's nappy. If you use disposable liners, flush them down the toilet. However, if you buy reusable nappy liners you can save even more money.

Put your used nappy in a lidded nappy bucket: soaking is not necessary.

Put a full load into your washing machine and wash at 60°C. Use an eco-detergent and do not add any fabric softener, this can affect the absorbency of the nappies and may lead to skin irritations. A little white vinegar (1-2 tbsp) in the conditioner compartment during the last rinse can help keep the nappies soft and prevent odours. You will only need a very small amount of detergent as it is the high temperature of the wash that sanitises the nappies rather than the detergent. Using too much detergent will simply make your cloth nappies stiff and the build-up of residues may lead to nappy rash. If you can see soap suds in the machine during the final rinse, then you have used too much detergent.

If your cloth nappies have velcro straps, it is important to fold the tabs back on themselves, otherwise the nappies will stick to each other and to other garments in the wash.

image018Try and buy an A rated washing machine if you do not already have one. It is more energy efficient and will save you money in the long run. If possible, also try to switch to a 'green energy' tariff for your electricity.

Try to avoid tumble drying. Line dry when possible or leave to air. Sunlight is a natural whitener and sanitizer for soiled nappies.

Never iron your nappies!

Click here to view our environmental nappy care range.

Further washing tips for helping the environment

Washable nappy liners can be used again and again, reducing the amount of resources that are used to make the flushable ones.

Disposable wet wipes may be very convenient, but did you know that if you use 2 wipes per nappy change you could spend up to £235 just on wipes? These also end up in landfill sites and have their own environmental impact.

If 'dry pailing', a mesh bag contained within the bucket will make transferring the nappies easier; but make sure that the bag is left open so that the nappies can be released into the wash.

If you still feel daunted by the extra washing a small baby can create you might want to try a laundry service.

Laundry service

Nappy laundry companies offer to do all the washing for you, taking your dirty nappies away and delivering a freshly laundered supply in their place. Many use a pre-fold system, but some also provide a choice of nappy system, giving you more flexibility.

At approximately £10-£15 a week, a laundry service can offer a convenient alternative to home laundering. In some areas of the country you can use Local Authority vouchers to provide a discount or nappy laundry trial.

Not all areas are serviced by nappy laundries, click here to find out if there is one near you.

If you would like to share your own tips, or you have questions regarding cloth nappies please feel free to post a comment below.

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