GENERAL WASHING TIPS

 

No Chlorine Bleach.

 

Most importantly - No fabric softener , dryer sheets or baby detergents!  Fabric softener is made to coat the fabric to make it soft and it will create a layer on the diapers so they will not absorb. Baby detergents (including Dreft) have softeners so they are not good for diapers. Look for ingredients for conventional detergents that say Free & Clear - they mean free & clear of dyes and fragrance but may still have softeners. "Free & Clear" detergents will cause leaks, buildup and the famous ammonia stink which can lead to an ammonia burn on the baby's skin.

 

Please do not use the sanitize cycle (90C) on your covers and pockets.  You may use that cycle on your inserts.  The high temperature is not good for the laminate or elastic and can melt the laminate bond to the fabric and cause the elastic to lose its elasticity.

 

We highly recommend EcoBalls®, Rockin' Green for washing diapers and clothing.

 

Diaper rash creams and ointments should not be used with cloth diapers or should be used with caution. Creams and ointments can adversely affect the absorbency of the diaper by creating a coating build-up.  If you need to use one, put a small washcloth or disposable diaper liner over the diaper to keep as much cream/ointment off the diaper as possible. To prevent diaper rash, change baby as soon as he/she wets, wipe and dry baby’s bottom before putting new diaper on, wash with recommended detergent and make sure detergent rinses from diapers to prevent detergent build up that could irritate baby.

 

Wash all items before use.  Prewash and dry hemp and unbleached cotton items separately from other items 3-4 times on a hot cycle with detergent to remove the natural oils. 

 

  1. Remove solids
  2. Either reuse the cover until soiled or wash. Separate cover from insert before washing. Fasten laundry tabs (if applicable).
  3. Simply "plop" poo into the toilet and flush!  Solid and thicker poo will not cling to the fleece - a little residue is fine.  Poo of a runnier consistence is a great candidate for a diaper sprayer.

*Did you know that even disposable diaper companies post to their packaging that all solids should be disposed of in the toilet before tossing the diaper?

  1. Put to your pail liner until wash
  2. First run a cold rince,
  3. Then wash warm with 1/4-1/2 additive-free detergent (or our recomended), rinse (warm or cold).
  4. Tumble dry or line dry. No fabric softeners or rash creams (if you need to use rash creams put a barrier between baby and diaper for example a flushable liner or reusable wipe work great).

 

We recommend washing every 1-2 days. We have found that the Cloth Nappy system washes beautifully as it takes up less space in your washing machine allowing more room for agitation getting your diapers super clean.

 

 Turn organic clothing with graphic designs inside out when washing as this will help preserve the design.

 

To help reduce stains, keep prefold and flat diapers wet until washing and run a cold pre-rinse with no detergent right before washing.

 

You can optionally add a sprinkle of baking soda or Borax to your diapers and pail to help neutralize odors. Once mixed with water in your washer, the baking soda or Borax will help to lift stains. Borax works better in hard water and baking soda in soft or average water.

 

Use your washer’s highest water level setting when washing diapers. The extra water helps rinse the detergent out of the diapers. Run an extra rinse cycle at the end of the wash to make sure detergent has rinsed out of the diapers. If you see suds in the rinse cycle, that means there is still detergent in the diapers and you may want to rinse until the water is clear.

 

Fasten all Velcro before washing. Many diapers and covers have washing tabs to fasten the Velcro so it doesn't snag in the wash.

Remove inserts from pocket diapers.

 

Stripping Cloth Nappies

Over time you may notice that your cloth nappies no longer smell April fresh, even right after laundering. This usually means that they have build-up and need a good stripping. Build-up occurs when residue left by detergents, oils or other substances remain in the fibers. Nappies with either super-absorbant hemp or man-made materials like microfleece tend to gather stink more easily than diapers with all-natural fibers like cotton or bamboo. If the funky smell wasn't bad enough, build up can also decrease the absorbency of your nappies and cause leaking. But don't worry, removing build-up by stripping your cloth diapers is really easy - we'll show you how!


If your diapers are dirty as well as stinky you should wash them before stripping, otherwise stains may be set in. Freshly washed diapers don't need to be dried before stripping, you can strip right after washing. Before stripping be sure to check the washing instructions for your diapers so you don't accidentally damage them.

Soak

Put all your inserts into hot water with dish detergent (the simplest one, without any balms etc.)

Covers shouldn't be kept in water for long time, PUL can be damaged...

Wash

Place your stinky nappies (covers too) in the washing machine and run them through a hot (60C – check manufacturers labels!) wash with NO detergent. Top loading machines are slightly easier to use when stripping because you can lift the lid to check for bubbles. They may also be more effecient at stripping due to the large amount of water they use. However, front loading washers can also be used successfully, it may take more cycles plus a bit of creativity and a flashlight to see bubbles.

Rinse

Rinse, rinse, rinse your cloth nappies in the hottest water your machine will allow. Peek into the washer during the rinse to see if there are soap bubbles on top of the water. Continue running rinse cycles until there are no more soap bubbles. It could take four or more rinses to get rid of all the bubbles. Don't confuse soap bubbles with agitation bubbles - agitation bubbles will disappate quickly if you stop the washer while soap bubbles will hang around a bit.


Stripping - Alternative Methods

Although stripping cloth nappies is generally done at home in the washing machine, there are other ways to strip.


**If you're having trouble with smells in your cloth diapers (highly ammonia smells after baby wets the diaper) or with diaper rash from the prefolds and stripping the diapers isn't working, try a cold pre-wash cycle with 2-3 squirts of Bac-Out before washing the diapers as usual. You can also try Rockin' Green Soap Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer!  All options are great to eliminate that knock-you-off-your-feet ammonia smell!


It is important to wash all your cloth diapers, covers and inserts a couple times prior to  use.  Wash-Dry-Wash-Dry-Wash-Dry. This helps the diapers fluff and increase the absorbency. 


Diaper Rash Cream:

Rarely will you have to use a diaper rash cream while using cloth diapers.  If you have a consistent rash problem, this may be a detergent irritation issue and you should switch your diaper laundry detergent.  Other times the rash may be a yeast infection and you should contact your family physician. On the occasion that you need to use a medically prescribed cream or an over the counter ointment, we recommend to ALWAYS use a liner.  Place the liner between the cream on your baby's behind and the microchamois inner of the Rumparooz.  Our first recommendation would be a washable liner made of microchamois so that the diaper retains the stay dry quality the microchamois provides.  There are also disposable liners available on the market, however we find these liners will crinkle and crunch and can be far less soothing on an irritated behind.  Even is a cream boasts "Cloth Diaper Safe" - it is our advice to still use a liner.


Stains

 TO REMOVE STAINS, LAY IN THE SUN WHEN WET!

 With proper care, your nappies should not stain.  If you notice they have a grey/dingy look, please change your detergent as that is not normal.  Newborn poop will have a tendency to discolor diapers and inserts more then an older baby but the discoloration will fade with time.   Sunning is the best way to get your diaper back to white!  Plus, you do not have to have direct sun light.  Even on a cold day you can lay your diapers in a window and achieve the same whitening results.  When sunning your diapers, take care not to lay them out in too hot of temperatures or in direct scorching sun as this can melt the elastic.

 

Please do not use the following to try and treat stains on your covers:

Bleach, Stain Remover, Borax, Bac-Out, Biokleen, Oxy-Clean. (If needed, you can use these products on your INSERTS ONLY.)

 

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND SOAKING YOUR DIAPERS.  Soaking your diapers in caustic detergent eats away at the waterproof laminate, elastics and natural fibers such as cotton, hemp and bamboo.


Soaking / Wet Pail

Diapers should be stored in a dry pail.  Extensive soaking isn't necessary for your nappies and will void the warranty.  You may soak your inserts as needed.

           

 

Wipe solution
When you change your baby's nappy, you should clean their bottom very carefully. Health professionals do not recommend using commercial wipes. Look out for common ingredients such as propylene glycol, sodium laurylsulfates (SLS), cocoamide DEA and sodium fluoride.

 

We suggest plain warm water or,

 

1 teaspoon soap free baby wash,
1 teaspoon olive oil, sweet almond oil or baby oil.
1 drop of essential oil of your choice (such as lavender, or tea tree…use with caution)

 

or

 

cooled cup of chamomile tea
1 teaspoon honey
Shake well.
This mixture is beautifully soothing on baby's skin and honey is naturally antiseptic so it aids in the healing of nappy rash very gently and effectively

 

or

Try any combination of the above ingredients to create your own recipe

 

The Little Squirt
A fantastic Aussie invention the Little Squirt is a high pressure spray gun attached to the toilet plumbing used to spray onto nappy, training pants etc to remove poo. Especially great for older children's nappies. Absolutely worth its weight in gold. Simple to attach, all you need is an adjustable spanner and a few minutes.

 

 

Out and About with Cloth nappies
You will need a washable + waterproof nappy bag and a washable change mat, a travel pack of wipes and solution, and enough nappies and covers for the period you are out. All in Ones are handy for quick changes. Also, choose your most reliable and absorbent nappies for outings. PUL covers are best for long periods in the car; fleece and wool tend to sweat in this confinement.


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