Modern Cloth Nappies
At Green Things, we highly recommend you follow the wash guidelines outlined by The Australian Nappy Association (ANA).
Click HERE for a printable copy of the Australian Nappy Association 5 Step Wash Instructions and Tips.
- 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 air-flow
- Pre-wash on 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 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 is recommended that you wash your nappies prior to first use. To prepare cloth nappy inserts, they should be washed several times prior to use. This ensures improved absorbency. As they are not soiled, they can be washed with clothes etc. Absorbency will continue to improve over the first 10 or so washes.
Cloth Menstrual Pads
Wash new pads prior to first use (just chuck them in with your regular washing).
Rinse pads thoroughly after using, prior to washing.
Wash your pads in your washing machine, on a long warm or hot cycle with the amount of detergent specified on the box/bottle 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.