Storage/ Pre washing
Get as much solid waste downthe toilet (this is for weened babies or babies or formula babieswho have solid bowl movements)
Fold any Velcro tabs over so they do not damage other nappies.
Dispose of any disposable elements you may be using, such as single use liners.
If you are out and about a small wet bag is great to store dirty nappies and wipes. Some small wet wipes bags have a detachable liner so you can empty the bag without touching the dirty nappy. Another option is to turn the bag inside out, tipping the contents into the washing machine.
When at home you can use a dry bucket or bin and line them with a laundry net bag so that you do not have to touch the nappies to remove them.
Another option for home storage is a large wet bag, these can be turned inside out to empty into the washing machine so you do not have to touch the contents.
Where possible use washing powder, this extends the life of our machine and is less likely to build up in nappies.
Use the correct dosage for the area you live in and how soiled the nappies are.
Use the longest possible washing cycle with the most amount of water.
The spin should be under 1000 rpm
Washing nappies on a 40° is fine, you may want to wash on a 60° wash when using second hand/ hired nappies for their first wash, after the child has had a live vaccine, if the child is unwell or if you are sharing the nappies between multiple children.
Check the individual brand for their maximum washing temperature.
Use a separate rewash and a rinse in addition to the cycle if you can.
Make sure the drum is 3/4 full, if you only have a few nappies you can add other items.
There should be no bubbles when the last rinse runs, if there are rinse again.
On the first of every month clean you machine.
*We ask that nappies from the library are air dried only
Drying in direct sunlight is ideal as it will remove any last stains, some companies recommend not drying items with PUL during the hottest part of the day in the summer periods.
Cloths horses and "sock" dryers work really well.
Always hang the nappies with the least amount of weight on the elastics.
SOME brands say you can tumble dry on low heat and items that do not contain PUL can be dried in a dryer. This will lessen the life expectancy of your nappies and is less environmentally friendly.
Fold nappies with their liners and any boosters you are using, so they are easy to grab.
Wet wipes can be run under a tap as you go or you can prep them. Using boiled water to dampen them, adding any additional oils if you wish. They can be stored in a tub or wet bag.
DONT PANIC! Its never as hard as people imagine.
Storage/ Pre wash
Flush anything other than poo, wee or toilet tissue, no matter what the label may say.
You no not need to unfold or remove boosters prior to washing, the machine will do this for you.
"wet paling" aka keeping the nappies in a wet bucket is not needed.
No need to pre scrub, bleach or use stain removers
Put wet bags zipped up in the wash, they need to be open and emptied.
Never use fabric softener, it will stop the absorbent part of your nappy from being absorbent.
Try not to change brands of detergent as allergies do occur
It is tempting to over dose the washing but it will lead to a build up of powder which will cause skin irritations and smelly nappies.
Nappy sanitizers, antibacterial washing additives will make very little difference to your wash, but can lead to build up. Modern washing machines and standard detergents do the job really well.
Liquid detergent will work so don't panic if that is all you have.
Eco Eggs have varying success but the general feedback is they do not work well enough.
Eco washed use lower levels of water which will not sufficiently clean the nappies.
High spins remove the water from the cycle.
Under filing the drum will not allow the nappies to agitate, this friction aids their cleaning.
Don't worry about adding non nappy items to the wash everything will come out clean.
Washing above 60° may lead to damage to the nappy.
*do not tumble dry nappies from the library
Do not dry directly onto a head source such as a radiator .
Never hang nappies from their elastics
Do not dry items with PUL in a tumble dryer.
Setting your tumble dryer on high could lead to damage.
Avoid rolling the nappy's as this may put stress on the elastics
When prepping wipes to be stored do not use tap water as it will smell sale after a short period.
Do not prep too many wipes wet as after a while they will smell stale even if you have used boiling water.