How to prepare for washing: 

Machine wash shells and inserts together once before first use with a full dose of washing detergent no hotter than 60° Celsius.

  • After soiling knock solids into the toilet.
  • Separate the inserts from the nappy cover. 
  • Place the nappies and inserts in a dry pail or wet bag until you are ready to wash them. 

      First Wash "short machine wash"

      Carry out: Within 1-2 days of soiling.
      Wash length: A short cycle, ideally for 30-60 minutes.
      Temperature: Between 40° and 60° Celsius.
      Detergent: Half of the dose recommended for your machine.

      • Before washing you may want to quickly rinse off (or scrub with a silicone/rubber dish brush) any residual soiling under the laundry tap first. 
      • This cycle needs to have agitation, rinse and spin (in other words your machine will fill up with water twice - it is not just a rinse and spin cycle). This will remove any excess urine and solids. 
      • Wash on a warm setting (or hotter) provided that is no hotter than 60° Celsius.
      • You can then dry pail your damp nappies until you are ready for your second wash, or if you have enough washing to do simply do your second wash straight away. 
      • If you dry pail in between washes, then in order to avoid mould issues ensure that your dry pail set up has good air-flow and hang the nappies over the sides of the pail if need be.

        Second Wash "Main machine wash"

        Carry out: Within 2-3 days of soiling. 
        Wash length: The longest cycle available .
        Temperature: Between 40° and 60° Celsius.
        Detergent: The full dose of quality detergent recommended for your machine.

        • As above, this cycle also needs to have agitation, rinse and a spin cycle. 
        • It is very important to add extra washing to this cycle. Ideally small to medium sized washing of similar colours (no large towels). The amount of washing should be ideal in that the washing can still move around freely in the machine but enough items have been added to create friction between them to be able to clean them properly.
        • Hang your nappies to dry after this wash. 


        Important information: 

        • Note that exposing your nappies to very high temperatures may make them delaminate and lose their water-resistant qualities. Delamination is where the water-resistant layer separates from the fabric. 
        • Do not use fabric softeners, products with artificial scents, vinegar or dryer sheets.
        • Do not soak for extended periods as this can cause delamination of the printed fabric.
        • When using a washing machine do not exceed the spin speed of 800 rpm (revolutions per minute) as this can stretch the elastics. 
        • For reference, note that top loaders can generally reach maximum speeds of 1100 rpm whereas some front loaders can reach maximum speeds of 1800 rpm. 

         
        How to dry 

        • Air drying is preferred in the shade. 
        • Avoid drying in direct sunlight as this may degrade the elastic and fabric over time. 
        • Hang inside on very hot days.