Prior to the first use, it’s recommended to pre-wash to ensure any manufacturing residue is removed. There is no need to pre soak boosters to reach maximum absorbency due to the dyeing process.
Dirty nappies can be stored in a dry nappy bucket for up to two days. There’s no need to soak; wet nappies can be placed straight in the bucket, although a quick rinse will help your nappies last longer by diluting the acidic wee which can cause deterioration. For poo-ey nappies, tip any solids into the toilet and rinse the nappy well before placing in the nappy bucket.
When washing, use at least half the recommended amount of detergent (the full amount for a heavily soiled load is best) and only use detergents without enzymes, softeners or bleach; eco-friendly detergents are usually safe. Cold water is fine – warmer water can be used but should be no hotter than 60c – regular washing at higher temperatures can deteriorate elastics. In particularly hard water areas, warm washes may be necessary on a regular basis. The recommended cycle is: pre-rinse -> wash -> rinse -> extra rinse -> spin. A lower spin speed is also recommended to prevent overstretching the elastics. Nappies and boosters should be fully unsnapped before washing to prevent breakage.
Do not use bleach, fabric softeners, vinegar, whitening products/detergents which contain these additives, or undiluted harsh chemicals. These products can seriously damage your nappies and use of them will void your warranty.
To dry your nappies, drape over a clothes airer or hang sideways over the washing line (the line should run front to back) to avoid stretching the elastics. Straighten and smooth the boosters flat before hanging. Drying in the sun will remove any lingering smells or stains, however nappies should only be left in direct sunlight for a few hours at a time to prevent fading and deterioration of fabric and snaps. Nappies may be dried in a clothes drier on occasion, providing a low heat is used for the outers.
If you experience persistent smells or reduced absorbency, a strip wash may be done as per the following instructions – if nappies are washed properly as per the above instructions, there should be no need to regularly use this procedure. As a general guide, nappies should not be strip washed any more than every few months.
In a nappy bucket or tub, run enough luke-warm water (NOT hot) to cover the nappies, and add a small amount of normal washing detergent (most have a recommended amount to use for soaking). Soak for at least two hours, but up to overnight is ok if done infrequently. Drain water, then rinse nappies thoroughly, by hand or machine is fine. Wash as per the normal wash cycle instructions above, but in place of normal detergent use a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid which does not contain softeners or fragrances*. The cheap nasty ones are good for this purpose. Use a hotter temperature, 60 degrees celsius is recommended for best results (no hotter). If any suds remain at the end of the wash cycle, continue rinsing until they are all gone. Dry as per normal instructions.
*Some washing machines cannot handle dishwashing detergents designed to remove heavy grease and oil. Check your machine’s instructions prior to using these. If your machine cannot handle dishwashing detergent use a small amount of normal detergent or a product specifically designed for strip washing nappies.