Reusable nappies have many advantages, when your baby can tolerate them. They are economical, because they are reusable, and thus you can spend less time in the nappy aisle at the supermarket. But what’s more, they are far more environmentally friendly. However, using this kind of product involves precise cleaning techniques to remove all dirt, without using irritating or toxic products that could affect your little ones. Using the right washing techniques will also ensure that the cloth nappies last as long as possible, without compromising on cleanliness and hygiene. Here are 3 tips to get you on your way!
1) Pre-rinse with essential oils
We recommend that you do a pre-wash for best results, and this is even more important for a nappy soiled with poo. In order to do so, rinse the worst of the dirt and residue off with water and scrub. You can also leave it to soak for a few hours in hot water, changing the water from time to time.
After this first rinse, soak the nappy for 24 hours in a basin of water, with a few drops of lavender or tea tree essential oils. As well as adding a more pleasant odour, this will disinfect the material. You will end up with a soft, clean nappy.
2) And why not try some Marseille soap?
Marseille soap, or “Savon de Marseille” is a miracle ally for your skin, for cleaning the home or for doing your laundry. It is also very gentle on the skin, and as it prevents any irritation, is a good option for washing nappies. It is also glycerin-free, which can clog the nappies.
With this soap, there are two possible techniques:
- Energetically scrub the nappy with the soap until a film forms. Leave it to work for an hour and rinse it with hot water from the tap, or leave it to soak in a basin.
- You can also use Marseille soap flakes in your machine to wash the nappies, instead of your traditional detergent.
3) Take out your good old bicarbonate of soda
We know how multi-functional bicarbonate of soda is, and here is yet another way to make the most of its cleaning and stain removal properties! Add two dessertspoons to a basin of hot water and leave the nappy to soak in it for a few hours, after which you scrub and rinse. If this doesn’t do the trick, pop the nappy in the machine with some Marseille soap flakes.
- Don’t put Sudocrem or changing creams in the nappy, as this makes it greasy and gets stuck in the fibres, clogging them up.
- Wash the nappy several times before use, to increase its absorbency (especially with nappies made from bamboo or hemp).
- Never boil the nappies, in order to maintain their absorbency.
- Ban fabric softener, chlorine and vinegar from your machine washes. Dryer balls can also make the material softer.
- If you are using detergent, choose one without phosphates, enzymes, perfumes, brighteners or glycerin.
- It is better to dry the nappies in the fresh air (even better if it is out in the sunshine) than to put them in the tumble dryer.