CLOTH 101

Inserts

Inserts are the absorbent core of the washable nappy. They are responsible for absorbing as much of the urine as possible before changing.

Available in different fibres:

Different Fibres

Liners

Fleece vs Disposable

Let’s talk about liners.

Liner are supposed to do two things:

  1. Making waste disposal a lot easier while reducing staining
  2. Keep baby’s bum a bit drier

They also make pretty handy wipes on the compactum and in the nappy bag.

There are two types of liners available.

Disposable Liners

These are available in a roll containing 100 perforated sheets of bamboo viscose. They are easy to use and handy to have. Our disposable liners are biodegradable and compostable. Wet only liners can be added to a compost heap and your paper recycling.

With regards to flushing we advise caution. Liners are not the same as toilet paper, they breakdown slower and can cause issues with your sewerage system. It is vitally important that you know your toilet system before you choose to flush liners.

Fleece Liners

Our fleece liners are made from coral fleece. This quality polyester synthetic fabric is the perfect stay dry fabric for a nappy liner. As it is a non-absorbent fabric these liners are super-fast drying and easy to clean. Even the messiest changes can be cleaned with the power of a toilet flush and a firm grip on the end of the liner. If baby is particularly sensitive to wet then these are a great option. Fleece liners are also a great way to save money.

We thought that the below tale was the perfect way to educate you about the wonders of fleece liner:

“Let me tell you a bit about the event which converted me to fleece liners, having always been pretty sceptical when others raved about them: I flew to Orkney with my first son, and he did not do his usual morning poo before we left (normally as regular as clockwork), so we had it hanging over us like the Sword of Damocles all morning.  At Gatwick, I changed him again, in case he had sneakily done it en route - no poo.  By the time we got to Aberdeen, he finally decided to perform, at which point I realised I had used my only spare nappy and the rest were on the plane.  The nappy itself had plenty more capacity for wee - the only problem was the dirty liner.  However, luckily I had put on a fleece liner rather than a flushable one. I say 'luckily' because fleece was large enough to cover the whole nappy so none had got onto the nappy itself, as he was weaned it caught all the solids and I was able to sluice it in the toilet to remove the poo, then I could wash it in the sink and then quickly dried it in the hand dryer.  The fleece liner went back into the nappy and we were on our way again.  I would normally change the whole nappy after a poo but in this case we reused the nappy and were good to go.”

We would like to thank the Wendy Richards and her team at The Nappy Lady for the above excerpt: https://www.thenappylady.co.uk/

Why no softener?

Fabric softener is designed to “soften” fabrics. This is achieved by coating the fibre with lanolin or a similar compound. Unfortunately, if you coat the natural fibres of your cloth nappies they will lose their absorbing quality. Nappies that have been washed with a softener will most likely return to normal after being stripped in a normal wash cycle without detergent.

Can I use bum cream?

We do not recommend the use of commercial bum creams as they contain petroleum and zinc. These will ultimately damage the natural fibres and clog your nappies. You can use these creams with liners however we recommend caution as the damage can be irreparable in extreme cases.

Generally speaking bum cream is not necessary with cloth nappies however if you feel that you need to use one then try find a product that is local and organic like our handmade bum balm.

Can I use baby powder?

As with bum cream the problem with most commercial baby powders us that they will clog up your nappy. If you feel that baby powder is something that you need to use they remember to source a product that is local and organic as well as ensure the use of liners.

Hard Water

What is Hard Water? Hard water is caused by compounds of calcium and magnesium.  The greater the concentration of these minerals, the harder the water.

Why is it a problem? When detergent is added to hard water it combines with the calcium and magnesium rather than the fabric. This means it is rinsed away without cleaning the nappy while the minerals in the water clog the fabric trapping the dirt and ammonia.

What can be done? The problem with hard water can be countered with some of the following precautions:

If possible, wash on a warm setting. This will help the powder detergent dissolve and increase its cleaning ability. Most powder detergents have built in water softeners.

If you can only use cold water, use a liquid detergent as they will dissolve easier in the hard water.

Increase the recommended dosage by about 30% to improve cleaning results.

Do not add vinegar or an extra rinse cycle.

Stick to natural fibres as synthetic fibres will be more prone to hold smells.

Fabric softeners will not “soften” water! They are designed to condition fabrics and will not improve your hard water washing.

Borax and Washing Soda will damage your nappies over time.

It is important to note that most modern laundry detergent will combat hard water so it is worth doing some research and finding one that works best for you and your wash routine rather than trying possibly damaging solutions.

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