1. Solids are removed from the nappy and disposed accordingly.
2. Dirty nappies (and cloth wipes) are stored in a wetbag or dry nappy bucket—no soaking needed. Please do not store dirty nappies for more than 3 days before washing.
3. Nappies (and wipes if applicable) are emptied out of the wetbag into the washing machine (you can use a mesh bag with a bucket to make transfer easier if need be) and a cold rinse cycle is done to loosen any staining and dried on bits.
4. Do a cold rinse in the machine to remove and break up solids and loosen stains. Use your usual non-bio detergent or an Ecoegg (check manufacturer guidelines for specific brands). Use slightly less than your usual dose detergent and adjust accordingly until you are achieving around 3cm of suds in your wash cycle and none at the end of the rinse. If you cannot achieve this you may need to change detergent. 60 degrees should always be used if your child has been unwell at all or for babies under 12 weeks old and is recommended for killing germs and thrush. If you are concerned about the warranty on you OWN nappies because they recommend a lower temperature you can consider using a sanitiser. (Napisan, vinegar, and many other stain remover products can degrade the PUL and/or elastics and should not be used with modern nappies.)
5. When the wash has finished, inserts can be separated from nappies for quicker drying. Nappies can be hung outside (UV light will remove most staining, even if not in direct sunshine or on a dull day) or on a dryer near a radiator (please do not hang nappies directly on a hot radiator as this can damage bamboo). A small fan pointing gently at the nappies will help them dry faster if they are drying indoors. Some nappies can be tumble dried on low heat setting but as every nappy is different, we would prefer you to line dry all of ours.
6. If nappies are “crispy” from air drying, rubbing them together briskly will soften them. If a pocket or all-in-one nappy has gone “crunchy” or crackles when you pick it up, please report this to us as it may have “de-laminated” and reached the end of its useable life so we will need to check and replace accordingly (we won’t blame you).
7. Cloth wipes can be washed with nappies following the directions above.
8. You are welcome to text, call, email, or message us with any questions at any time – there are NO stupid questions, we all started from scratch once and we are always learning new things ourselves, so all questions are good questions :-)
What NOT to use on Cloth Nappies
Detergents with "cellulase" in the ingredients
Any fabric conditioner
"Vanish" and other harsh stain removers
Oxy-action stain removers
BumGenius/Cotton Babies specifically say, "Use non-bio washing powder which does not contacting any perfumes, dyes, whiteners, brighteners or enzymes" (It is possible that your warranty could be void if your nappies prematurely degrade and you are found to be using a harsh detergent or something else on the "DO NOT USE" list)
Cloth Safe Creams (always use a liner with any cream)
Little Violet's Baby Balm
CJ's BUTTer (all variants including tubs, tubes and spritz)
Ecosprout Bum Salve
Waitrose Bottom Butter
Purepotions Lav Salve
Thirsties Booty Love
Sheepish Grins Bottom Balm
Pumpkin Butt Coconut oil (solid or cold pressed)
Cavilon (cream or spray)
California Baby Diaper rash cream
Angel Baby Botty Balm
Bio Baby Eco Spray
Chamomile tea (NOT chamomile essential oils)
Badger Balm (questionable)
Burt Bees (questionable)
Arbonne Baby range of products
Neal's Yards Baby CREAM (NOT baby balm)
What about essential oils?
Tea tree is actually a very harsh oil for skin and should NOT be used on children under 12 years old. Many people use it to sanitise nappies but actually, the quantity needed to effectively and fully cleanse is much more than anyone would ever use. Quite a bit of skin redness issues can be put down to the use of tea tree in the nappy bucket or wash. Logic also tells us that using small quantities of any anti-microbial regularly could eventually result in resistant microbes. Tea tree should only be used under guidance from a qualified aromatherapist.
Lavender can be used neat on skin and is considered to be safe for babies and young children (a VERY small percentage of people are sensitive to it though so it should always be patch tested) but it does sting a lot on broken skin, so a few drops in water is fine for wipes. It can be added to the wash as an antimicrobial additive. There is a common misconception that lavender is relaxing. It is, but only in very small quantities. In larger quantities, it is stimulating. Therefore, if you use lavender and find that your baby stops sleeping, that is probably why!
Chamomile is added to nearly every baby product these days, as it is generally very gentle and safe to use with children. However, in the last 10 years there has been a huge increase in the number of children with eczema, which does correlate to the increased use of chamomile. Aromatherapists would generally recommend avoiding chamomile oil unless under supervision for a specific problem.
Chamomile tea is not the same as the essential oils and can be a lovely alternative.
Rose is extremely expensive so not often used, but is considered to be safe for use with babies. Mandarin is not expensive and, diluted in a base oil, is generally safe for use with babies. Combined with lavender, it enhances the antimicrobial and healing properties, and it also said to be good for digestive health when a few drops in a base oil such as olive oil or grapeseed oil are massaged (clockwise) into the abdomen, but mandarin can stain so use with caution in that respect.