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I’m wanting to start using cloth nappies with my second child (9 weeks old). I thought it was going to be pretty straight forward to start with but now joining cloth nappy pages on Facebook and I’m feeling quite overwhelmed with the cleaning process involved. E.g. different detergents, dry Pailing, temperatures and different washing machine settings. I thought I could just rinse off pooey nappies and then chuck them all in the wash. Apparently it’s not that easy.


Posted by BrianaLouise, 18th July 2019


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  • We soaked the nappies in anti-bacterial soaker (follow the instructions on the container) before washing with Laundry Detergent suitable for a baby. Strong detergents can cause eczema on your baby’s skin, in severe possibly blisters too. I never had that problem but I have seen a baby with Dr. diagnosed blisters on various parts of the baby’s body as chronic eczema. Change of cleaning products and no more eczema.


  • Cloth nappies are a bit more hard work than disposable nappies but so much better economically and environmentally. All my children grew up with cloth nappies, youngest had the luxury of a liner.Blessing was just a wet nappy where just a mild soak was involved. Heaven forbid the full blown cow pad green nappy then ,peg on nose hold nappy over flushing of toilet, it really takes most of the yuk away .Heavy soaking is required sometimes changing water and restarting. All this soaking is done in baby safe whiter.When necessary start up washing machine l always used cold water, using baby safe washing powder and bleach. Best thing to bring your nappies back to white white , leave them out over night through a frost . BRILLIANT. Wish you lots of luck and please keep at it.


  • I tried to time them so I used cloth nappies for wee and disposables for poo. My kid pood on a pretty reliable schedule but there was inevitable explosions. I just rinsed and then soaked in soapy water for a day or two. Wet nappies got a good rinse. They they get a final wash with everything else. If they start to get a bit hydrophobic (not absorbing) they got a soak in diluted vinegar for a couple of days and then put through the wash like normal.


  • I just rinse the poo off and wash them on cold with my normal washing powder! I’m probably not doing it properly but it works alright.
    I actually wash them twice. I do a nappy load with two rinses and then I add in the kids clothes for the next load.
    I don’t even really rinse the yellow baby poo off first as apparently you don’t have to until the babies start solids and their poo becomes less liquidy.

    I was given nappies and also buy them second hand, so I’m not actually too concerned with wrecking the nappies if I’m washing wrong.


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