Remember these products are reusable and reasonably durable, however they are not indestructible, using common sense and a little TLC will help to get the most out of your gorgeous products.
Modern Cloth Nappies
- Wash nappy and insert with detergent and cold or warm water before first use.
- Once used, knock solids into the toilet, a nappy liner will make this easier.
- Store in a dry bucket or open basket until washing (no soaking). It’s recommended to wash within 24hrs. Extended soaking in NapiSan or Bleach will damage the elastics or waterproof layers. Storing in dry pail is the best option for your nappy fabrics and longevity.
The nappies will need 2 washes. 1 short and 1 long wash. The Short wash should be done daily and the long wash no more than every 2nd day.
- Use enough detergent in the wash for the size of the load. Choose a good detergent, OMO Liquid or Powder. Radiant for front and top loader powder is good for cold water washing.
- Regular wash in plenty of cold or warm water. We recommend cold to 40ºC, but not hotter than 60°C for an occasional wash as regular heat exposure will degrade the fabric and elastics.
- If you have a washing machine with a high water efficiency rating, you may need to try a few different settings to find the one that washes with the most amount of water.
- Doing a short wash first with warm water and detergent. Then a long cold or warm wash with detergent can help reduce stains and obtain a good clean wash.
- The shells are best dried in the shade, too much sun or heat can deteriorate the fabric. However the occasional line dry in the sun with the nappy white side up to remove stubborn stains is ok. Microfiber & Bamboo Inserts can be put into the dryer or dried in the sun.
- Inserts will take 6-8 washes to reach maximum capacity. The inserts can be soaked overnight to help speed up the process, then wash another couple of times. If using the inserts before they reach their peak, you will just need to change the nappy more often to prevent leaks.
- DO NOT use fabric softeners or soak the nappies – regular and proper washing will help with germs and stains. The sun will help with some stains too.
- DO NOT use nappy rash creams, unless using a liner.
Please also read this post for more in depth information about washing your adult modern cloth nappies
Please Note: if the urine seems to be acidic (or stinky/concentrated), we recommend rinsing the nappies soon after use and before placing them in the nappy bucket. This will help prevent the urine from corroding the fabric.
Bamboo Menstrual Pads
- Wash pads with detergent and cold water before first use.
- After use, rinse pads with cold or warm water to prevent staining. Then place into diaper pail or into a separate pail or wet bag. Pads do not need soaking, but if you prefer soaking, place in container soiled side down in warm or cold water. Wash within 24hrs to reduce mold risk and keep container out of reach of children. Some customers like to rinse pads in the shower then store with the regular washing.
- Cold or warm rinse or short wash with detergent followed by a warm (40 degrees) long wash with enough detergent for the load. It’s best to ‘fill out’ the machine with other washing for a more thorough wash.
- Line dry in the shade or mild sun (not in the mid sun, heat wave sun).
- DO NOT use bleach or fabric softener.
- DO NOT wash the pads in public bathrooms (for public hygiene). When you’re away from home, place pad into wet bag and cold rinse when you return home. Then wash per care instructions.
Swim Nappies, Change Mats & Wet Bags
- Wash with detergent and cold water before first use.
- Machine washable up to 40 degrees and line dry in the shade
- Thoroughly wash out chlorine ASAP with fresh water before storing or drying.
- Turn wet bags inside out for washing and drying.
- Do not use bleach or fabric softener.