Wash & Care Guide

Washing your cloth nappies is simple, mess free and doesn’t require anything fancy! They will soon be back ready to wear again!

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove any solids from washable liners and/or nappies
  2. Remove disposable liners and flush (our liners are flushable – please check if using another brand)
  3. Place in your storage bucket (we recommend lining your bucket with a net laundry bag) until you are ready to wash!
  4. Place your net bag in the washer
  5. Run a cold rinse cycle
  6. Wash using non bio powder (1/2 scoop) at 40°C (Do not use fabric conditioner)
  7. Line dry ideally but they will also dry on a indoor airer
  8. They are then ready to stuff and reuse!

For handy tips and hints, please read the more detailed instructions below:

Preparing your nappies

Pre washing of your inserts is required, the natural fibres which they contain increase in absorbency with washing. 3 – 4 pre washes is recommended, you don’t need to dry these in between each wash. It isn’t absolutely necessary to wash your nappy covers prior to use. Be aware that some deep colours may run in their first wash.

Storing dirty nappies

When you have changed a nappy simply remove the liner (if it’s a disposable one), dispose of any solids (this may not be possible with younger babies!) then place your nappy into either a bag or storage bucket. Here at Lilly’s HQ we use a lidded bucket at home and one of our fab wet bags while we are out and about / at Nursery. Your wash cycle will normally agitate the nappies enough so that the inserts come out during the wash cycle – if you find it doesn’t then remove them before placing in your bucket / wet bag. When you are ready to wash you can simply lift out the net bag then place in the washer – this means you don’t have to handle the nappies.

Washing frequency will depend on how many nappies you have and whether you use cloth full or part time.

Soiled Nappies

Most people use liners inside their babies nappies. These will either be disposable or washable. Paper liners are useful whilst away from home, and some people use them all the time. Fleece liners are excellent as fleece does not absorb moisture and dries quickly. This means that moisture passes though into the nappy keeping baby dry.

When the nappy is soiled, the liners can either be flushed (paper) or 'emptied' into the toilet. If you stretch the fleece liners over the bowl, poop should separate from them. Failing that, holding it into the toilet bowl, keeping a hold of a corner of it, and flushing should do the job. 

Lining Nappies

Most people use liners inside their nappies. These can either be disposable or washable (usually fleece), it’s a personal choice as to which ones you use. Here at Lilly’s HQ we use a mixture of fleece and our own biodegradable liners which are available here on our website. Neither of these absorb so moisture passes though into the nappy keeping baby’s delicate skin dry.

When the nappy is soiled, the liners can either be flushed (paper) or solids can be emptied into the toilet if possible. The nappy can then be placed into the storage bucket / bag. Young babies nappies with looser stools will just wash away during the rinse cycle.

Washing Nappies

Everybody has their own routine that works for them. We recommend a cold rinse cycle to remove urine and loosen soiled areas before doing a wash cycle. This also keeps nappies smelling fresh as the cold water rinses away urine whereas hotter water can cause the smell to set into the fabrics.

You should use a non-bio washing powder and only use 1/2 of your regular amount. Excessive detergent and fabric conditioners can cause a build-up on the nappies. This affects their absorbency and can cause them to leak.

If you find your nappies are not smelling fresh when you take them out of the machine, it could be that the detergent is not rinsing away properly, or you are using too much detergent. Repeat the rinse cycle and if you see suds add a second rinse to your regular routine or reduce the amount of detergent. If this doesn’t help as strip wash could be required.

Strip wash

  •           Firstly make sure your machine is clean – run a cleaner / maintenance cycle each month.
  •           Place your nappies through a rinse cycle with no powder
  •           Wash at 60oc with a full dose of powder on the longest cycle possible,
  •           Wash again at 60 on a long wash but with no powder
  •           Run the nappies through rinse cycles until no suds are seen

This should remove any smells from the inserts.

Drying Nappies

Nappies can be dried the same way you dry the rest of your laundry. A tumble drier on a low heat will keep them at their softest, and a dry towel in with the load will speed drying time. However, tumble drying may shorten the life-span of your nappies.

Hanging your nappies and inserts in the sun is excellent for bleaching out stains and killing any leftover bacteria and will also keep your nappies functioning well for longer. They will also benefit from the occasional rain rinse while out on the washing line. We love seeing our line full of our beautiful nappies!

Drying wraps directly on radiators may damage their waterproofing abilities and can damage the bamboo fibres in your inserts which will affect absorbency. An airer next to a radiator is a better option.

Always make sure your nappies are thoroughly dry before putting them away.

Further tips and advice can be found on our Facebook page Lilly's Cloth Nappies.