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“Call me crazy, but after 20mths of ruining the planet with disposable nappies, Im finally going cloth! I have no idea how to organise this. Do people soak them after use? If yes, In what? Any hints/tips on cleaning? I bought some MCN yesterday, and also have some terry towling (ready and folded from before their birth). Has anyone tried both, should I just stick to the MCN? And lastly, how many nappies will I need? (I have girl/boy twins, so will obviously need to buy double!). ” Do you have any tips on using cloth nappies?

Posted by Donna, 11/05/13

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  • I am all for the environment and when my first 2 babies were born there was no disposable nappies available. I used to have my nappy bucket with soaker and every day the morning ritual was to rinse and ring out the nappies and put them in the machine to wash. In all honesty, by the time you use nappy soaker, rinsing water and washing machine, it is probably better for the environment to use disposables and they are definitely better for your baby than not to absorbent cloth nappies that are prone to rashes caused by wetness on their skin.

  • We use MCN during the day and disposable at night.
    I just throw the soiled nappies (after shaking solids in the loo!) in the washing machine on a spin and rinse cycle throughout the day and do a load first thin in the morning then hang them outside and let the sun do its thing to brighten them up again.
    Be careful because my MCN can only be washed in water upto 30C

  • I soak mine in a bucket with something like napisan ,for two day and let them build up a bit, then put them through the wash

  • Good for you! brave with twins! I think cloth nappies have come quite a long way especially with liners now, no soaking and just normal washing!

  • what have u ended up using .

  • Hope the cloth nappy change worked for you.

  • Hope all went well with your change to cloth nappies.

  • Good on you for making the switch, I never managed to keep it up, I didn’t really like the extra work load as things were hard enough at the time.

  • Also buy cloth nappy liners as it will help

  • I did this for my 1st I had 24 but washed everyday. Good old nappysan in a bucket and I threw them in te wash every night. If any come out dirty a light scrub and back in the bucket and washed again that next night. Buy good liners not home brand

  • I have used cloth nappies for 7 years now and never brought disposables ever. They are easy to use and all you need to have a good amount then you can wash them every 3 or 4 days. THey also can be used for multiple children

  • Firstly, whoever says they cost the same as disposables is talking utter garbage. Secondly, they are not hard or confusing to use at all. Poos pop into toilet or wash off into toilet, wees just dry pail. Don’t put a lid on bucket, causes mould and other nasties. Wash every second day with half strength detergent that contains no optical brighteners or bleach. (You can google mcn safe detergents if unsure) Hang out in the sun. The sun is the best for getting rid of stains and kills any nasties. Is really quite easy once you know what you’re doing. Good on you for switching :-)

  • I researched cloth nappies and found that cost wise after washing, soaking extra the cost is the same. And I also have seen at baby expos disposable nappies that are more enviro friendly, maybe look into that if you struggle with cloth.

  • Well I can’t say I have ever used them but hope u get the right answers

  • wash off the soiled nappies asap, wash without bleach or fabric softener. The best bleach is the sun. So if you’re able, hang them on the line & stain will disappear

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