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Washing Real Cloth Nappies

The great thing is that washing Real Nappies is easy!

You flush everything away so NO SMELLS, NO SOAKING, NO HOT WASH!

If you use a nappy liner, the cloth nappies are unlikely to be soiled and won’t require soaking before washing.  See below for the most popular ways to wash and store Real Nappies.

1. Cotton Nappies: Washing and Drying

Storing the Cotton Nappies

Our favorite way to store our cotton nappies is using the Dry Pail method. Most cloth nappy users have moved away from soaking their nappies and the Dry Pail method is definitely a favorite now, here is how to do it:

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  • 1.Use Nappy Liners to catch the solids, this will mean your cloth nappies are unlikely to be soiled and won’t require soaking before washing,  the liners can be flushed away with the solids, no more smelly bins!
  • 2.Rinse the cloth nappies in cold water
  • 3.Simply pop the wet nappy into a container with a snug lid: a 19L bucket or similar is ideal.
  • 4.Do not add any solution or water to the bucket (hence the term dry pail).
  • 5.Leave the nappy until wash-day!  (Continue with Machine Wash/hand wash method below)


Machine Wash

[one_half]Washing your nappies is easy to do!

Every 2-3 days on washday simply transfer the entire contents of the dry bucket to the washing machine.

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  • Add a dessertspoon of Nappy Fresh to your machine, in addition to your ordinary washing powder, and turn it on : no need to hot wash!
  • Our nappies dry very fast as they open out, so either line-dry or machine dry.


[highlight_light]TOP TIP:[/highlight_light] We recommend using about 1/4 of the manufacturers recommended detergent amount[/one_half]


Washing Real Nappies


OR Soaking/Hand wash

If you choose to soak the cloth nappy inserts, the use of Nappy Fresh sanitizer is recommended.

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  • Dissolve one tablespoon of Nappy Fresh in one gallon of lukewarm water.
  • Soak cloth nappy inserts for at least two hours or overnight
  • Rinse thoroughly or use the rinse cycle on the washing machine.
  • Either hang to dry or machine dry.


2. Washing and Drying The Snug Covers

You do not have to change the cover every change-time, however if your cover gets soiled or stained or smelly, please do the following.

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  • Rinse after use to avoid stains
  • Before washing, close the velcro-like tabs on the Snug Wrap nappy covers.
  • Simply add the covers to your other washing and machine-wash.
  • Cold wash is fine using chemical-free washing powder, but if you want to help whiten or sanitise, add one dessertspoon of Nappy Fresh sanitizer.
  • Our covers dry very quickly, either Hang to dry or machine dry.


[highlight_light]TOP TIP:[/highlight_light] Do not use fabric softener or drier sheets. Do not use chlorine bleach. Do not iron.


Please remember, the longer your soiled nappies sit dirty, the harder it is to get out the stains.  If the bioliner has not caught all the solids, give your nappies a quick rinse before Dry Pailing them.

Soiled nappies are the ideal breeding ground for mould, mildew and bacteria, so make sure your wash your nappies every 2-3 days to keep them clean, fresh and white!

Helpful Hints

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  • Do not use fabric softener as it can reduce the absorbency of the prefold cloth nappies and reduce the waterproof characteristics of the Snug Wrap nappy covers.
  • It’s recommended to store used cloth nappy inserts in a pail or bin with a lid. There’s no need to soak, and wash the cloth nappy inserts every other day and the nappy covers only as you need to.


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