Modern Cloth Nappies
Click HERE for a printable copy of the Australian Nappy Association 5 Step Wash Instructions and Tips.
For trouble shooting and nappy washing advice specific to your brand/model of washing machine, see the Clean Cloth Nappies Downunder group on Facebook. You can also contact me directly via the Contact Us page.
- Flush solids down the toilet (if applicable)
- Hand rinse and store damp in a laundry basket or other 'dry pail'
- Pre-wash on short (approximately 30 minute) warm cycle, to remove excess soiling/urine (recommended daily)
- Main wash using a long warm cycle, using the recommended detergent quantity for heavy soiling
- Air dry or machine dry. 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)
For specific advice on approved detergents and quantities, see Clean Cloth Nappies Downunder website. Click HERE for the CCNDU detergent index.
Do not use bleach or fabric softeners.
Before First Use
It is recommended that you wash your nappies prior to first use. To prepare cloth nappy inserts, soak them overnight in cold water, followed by a short wash cycle. This ensures improved absorbency. Absorbency will continue to improve over the first few washes of your nappies.
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.