PRE-WASHING 'PREPPING' YOUR NAPPIES We recommend doing a pre-wash before using the nappies. This process only happens once to 'bed in' new nappies. If you have purchased the Bamboo Nappies which have bamboo terry inserts, 6-10 washes are needed depending on the washing cycle used. Although the nappy can be worn after the first wash, these pre-washes help the bamboo soaker and booster to reach full absorbency. Only the inserts need to be prepped, not the cover. The inserts do not need to be dried in between washes, just wash them repeatedly. There is no need to use detergent when prepping, water will do the job just fine. As full absorbency is reached you will see the nappy perform better and better, it will absorb more and last longer between nappy changes.
WASHING CLOTH NAPPIES Please do not pre-soaking our nappies this will damage them, especially if done regularly. During times of many soiled nappies, such as during tummy upsets and teething, soak nappies in a bucket of water with something mild, such as tea tree oil, to help kill germs but do not leave them soaking for longer than a day.
WET 1. Remove nappy
2. Keep in dry bucket until wash day and then wash.
SOILED 1. Remove nappy
2. Dispose or rinse off the liner if you are using either a disposable liner or fleece liner
3. Put wet nappy and/or liner in bucket till wash day
WASHING On wash day, the nappy can be washed in cold or warm water (up to 40°C). Don't wash at very high temperatures as heat causes the bamboo fabric to harden, affecting the absorbency of the bamboo. Heat also affects the Cover causing the waterproof layer to delaminate.
Wash the nappies in your regular detergent, use the recommended dosage. The trick to washing nappies is using enough water. What combination of wash cycles you use largely depends on your routines, how often you wash, your machine etc. We recommend using the longest cycle on your washing machine to ensure the nappies are cleaned properly.
Take care to unsnap all the inserts from the Covers before washing so there is no strain on the poppers and elastics.
Stains 1. Green bar soaps are one of the most “green”, cheap and easy stain removers. Scrubbing the nappy lightly before putting it in the bucket or washing works wonders.
2. The most natural and effective stain remover is the Sun. Place the wet nappies or liners out in the direct sun to dry. It also helps to kill germs naturally.
3. Please do not use bleach, borax or other harsh detergents, including fabric softener, as these will damage your nappies.
4. To avoid staining and build up on the nappy it is best to use a nappy liner and to try to avoid zinc based creams as these contain metals and will cause the inside of the nappy to blacken and decrease absorbency.
Drying Preferably dry the nappies on the line or clothes horse. You can tumble dry the inserts occasionally but only on low heat. Remember, heat affects the quality of the bamboo. Do not tumble dry the cover as heat will cause the waterproof layer to delaminate.
Stripping your nappies Stripping cloth diapers is sometimes necessary to remove buildup of detergent, oils, or minerals. If you notice that your cloth nappies are repelling/leaking (losing absorbency) then it is likely they need stripping. If you are using a detergent without Softener and avoiding rash creams and using enough water to rinse your nappies, you probably won't need to strip you diapers more than every few months - if at all. See the washing section further up the page which tells you that using enough water is the trick to solving many nappy problems. If you are using a detergent that does not rinse clean or that does not work well in your water, you may need to strip your diapers much more often.
Experiencing leaks and/or smells? If the nappy comes out the wash smelling funky or smells immediately after its been weed on you need to increase your detergent amount or change detergents. Ensuring your nappies are washed in enough water will also help with this problem.
Detergent Buildup - The most common reason for needing to strip cloth diapers is detergent buildup. You'll know there is detergent buildup if your cloth diapers smell funky when they come out of the dryer or if they smell really bad when your child wets on them. Urine always has some smell to it, but if a freshly wet diaper burns your nose or a morning diaper smells extra strong, it is time to remove all the detergent buildup.
Some detergents leave residue behind, causing buildup on the fabric. Another common cause is using too much detergent for your water. See the washing section further up the page for advice on detergents and dosage.
Fabric Softener Buildup - In theory, fabric softener should never meet up with cloth diapers. So avoid detergents with softeners in them. The point of fabric softener is to stick to fabric. This makes cloth diapers less absorbent.
Diaper Rash Cream - Any diaper cream can cause buildup. Even those that are advertised as safe for cloth diapers can cause a buildup if your detergent/water/tendency to slather it on/whatever allows it. Using a fleece or disposable liner can help prevent this problem. Any cream with zinc oxide or fish oil in it is a recipe for disaster. The best bum cream to use is 100% organic cold pressed coconut oil. Cloth nappies love it and it washes out easily. Coconut oil has anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral properties which is a wonderful complement to the exact same properties of the bamboo fabric.
HOW TO STRIP THE NAPPIES Firstly, wash your diapers using your regular wash routine. You should always ensure your nappies are clean before stripping, it is pointless to strip dirty nappies.
You will only need to strip the inserts and fleece liners. So remove the covers from the stripping process.
Cold rinse your nappies if they are wet/soiled.
Wash the nappies on one cycle up to 40 degrees with NO washing powder.
Wash them again on hot wash (no hotter than 40 degrees) NO washing powder
Do a normal cold wash with no detergent.
Check the water while they are washing – if you see soapy bubbles keep running them through a rinse cycle until there are none
If you’ve done 4 rinse cycles and you’re still seeing bubbles, do another hot wash (no detergent and no hotter than 40 degrees).
Keep rinsing until there are no bubbles
Hang your nappies on the line in direct sun to help remove any lingering stains.
Note: Heat affects the TPU of the covers. You shouldn't need to strip your covers.