Caring For Your Reusable Cloth Products
Caring for modern cloth nappies or any of our other eco-friendly reusable products is easy using the following guidelines. If you have any other questions about caring for your new Green Things products, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
Modern Cloth Nappies
Summary of how to care for modern cloth nappies
- Flush solids down the toilet (if applicable)
- Hand rinse and store damp in a laundry basket or other ‘dry pail’ (a container with lots of holes for airflow)
- Pre-wash on a short (approximately 30-60 minute) warm cycle (approximately 40 degrees), to remove excess soiling/urine (recommended daily)
- Main wash using a long warm cycle (approximately 40 degrees), using the recommended detergent quantity for heavy soiling
- Air dry. Inserts can be tumble dried, although this will increase wear on the fabric (e.g. pilling). Take care not to expose nappy shells or wet bags to high heats (from the hot sun or in a dryer on high heat setting) as this can damage elastics & the waterproof layer over time.
- Fold Velcro over onto the washing tabs (if you have velcro nappies)
Do not use fabric softeners.
Before First Use
It’s recommended that you wash your nappies before first use. To prepare cloth nappy inserts, they should be washed several times before use to ensure improved absorbency. As they are not soiled, they can be washed with clothes. Note that absorbency will continue to improve over the first 10 or so washes.
Cloth Menstrual Pads
Wash new pads before first use (just chuck them in with your regular washing).
Rinse pads thoroughly after using, before washing.
Wash your pads in your washing machine, on a long warm or hot cycle. Use the amount of detergent specified for heavy soiling. You can wash pads as part of a load of cloth nappies or with your clothes. Air dry. Do not tumble dry as this can damage the PUL lining.
Reusable Cloth Wipes
Wash new cloth wipes before using them by popping them in your normal wash.
To clean your wipes after use, simply add them to your existing cloth nappy washing routine.
Our cloth wipes are machine-washable and can be line or tumble dried (note tumble drying will increase wear of the material).
Wet bags and snack bags
Wash them with your dishes and leave them on the drying rack overnight to air or throw them in a general machine wash with your clothes or towels. DO NOT iron or place in the dryer. Snack bags can be washed to a maximum temperature of 60 degrees.
Wash wet bags on a regular basis by adding them to your existing cloth nappy washing routine. Turn the bag inside out when machine washing and avoid hot temperatures (like high heat tumble dryer settings) to prevent damage.