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YOUR FIRST USE: Please WASH your nappies! The wash
instructions overleaf need to be observed to retain your product
warranty and ensure that they get the best and easiest clean possible.
The rule of thumb is to keep washing them until the “smell” clean.
Approx. 3-6 times before the first use – drying them inbetween each
wash. Both the organic and synthetic fibres in our nappies contain some
manufacturing and transport residues that you need to remove before
using to maximise their absorbency.
Step 1: Dry Pail
Dry Pailing is the term that MCN (Modern Cloth Nappy) people use to
describe the act of NOT soaking their nappies! Until they have a load
to wash, they simply store them in a dry bucket, with a lid, to keep
the smell down and keep them out of the way!
Step 2: The Washing
Simply remove the inserts from your nappy and undo all the snaps (This
extends the life of your covers). Then pop them into the washing
machine with about ¼ of the washing powder you would normally use on a
regular wash and rinse cycle.
Why powder? Please see the Do's and Don'ts below!
Do's and Don'ts
- Do wash your
nappies after each use
- Do wash them
within 3-4 days of use
- Do contact
us if you have any problems or questions!
- Don't expose
your nappies to high heat for prolonged periods of time. (this means a
heater or dryer, electric clothes horse, towel warmer and even line
drying in the sun on hot days for extended lengths of time) as it can
damage the elastic in your nappies and may cause the PUL Lining to
- Don't use
detergents that contain dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and
brighteners. Failure to do so will cause damage to your nappies and
void your warranty
- Don't use
bleach, borax, Napisan or whitener’s. Oxidising bleaches can leave a
film on your fleece causing it to repel moisture. They will also
destroy the waterproofing PUL and elastic on your nappies and will void
- Don't use
Fabric softener! The fabrics we have chosen for use in our nappies
ensure that they stay soft and suple for their lifecycle! Using Fabric
softner will void your warranty.
→ Enzymes, petrolium (Or
glycerin) based detergents and fabric softner liquids all “waterproof”
fabrics in the process of cleaning them. Even using too much powder
does the same thing! This leads to more frequent nappy changes and
leaks! If this happens, please use the “Strip Wash” Instructions below
Smelly Nappies when they are
Leaking Nappies when they
are barely wet?
It may be time for a
1. Hand wash your nappy inserts with regular dishwashing detergent
(cheap stuff is best – make sure it doesn’t have any added moisturisers
or the like) to remove any oils. Use the hottest water you can stand to
have your hands in. Soap up each inserts, dip in the water and squeeze
out like a sponge.
2. Put a small amount of detergent on the lining of the covers
3. Rub vigorously to scrub the lining
4. Turn the nappy cover inside out and repeat.
5. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.
6. Dry and restart use again!
- Use a liner
to quickly deal with big messes. Flushable ones work well for breastfed
poos that are very sloppy. Polar fleece ones (Like what are available
at in the Love Bugz accessories range) work well for babies on solids
or formula with harder poos as these will just roll into the toilet
- Get rid of
poos ASAP before dry-pailing
- Expose your
nappies to UV light after every wash – it is how they get sanitised and
Purple, Burgandy or Brown Stains: Notice that
your nappies or inserts come out with dark stains on them after they
have been dry pailed for a few days even if they only had urine on
them? This is the Purple Nappy phenomena! This is caused by a chemical
present in infant painkillers such as panadol. The only way to deal
with this is by multiple washes and lots of UV light. The nappies are
fine to use between washes, it is just a cosmetic issue and doesn't
effect the function or lifecycle of the nappies themselves.