How to Wash Cloth Nappies
There is no question that using cloth nappies is better for babies and better for the environment. Most parents are scared of using them however because they don’t know how to wash cloth nappies. Don’t let a lack of knowledge stop you from using cloth nappies. Learning how to wash cloth nappies isn’t difficult. Once you know how to keep the nappies clean, soft and chemical free you will be very happy with the choice to go natural and use cloth nappies instead of toxic chemical ridden disposable diapers. Washing out cloth nappies requires several steps in order to make sure they are clean and sanitized but still soft for little bums. Follow these steps to keep your cloth nappies clean and soft:
Start with a cold wash: You can pre-soak the nappies if they are really stained but most of the time that is not necessary. If you leave some types of nappies soaking too long you could end up setting the stains instead of getting rid of them. If you do want to pre-soak fill a pail with cold water and use a little vinegar and natural detergent on the stains. Then run the nappies through the washing machine on cold using about half as much detergent as you normally would for a load of clothes. Never wash nappies with clothes. Only wash nappies with other nappies and possibly some covers.
Always use natural detergent: Whenever you wash nappies always use a natural detergent that is extra gentle like Rockin Green. Other detergents are way too harsh for nappies. They can break down the nappies and cause them to wear out. They also can cause a lot of skin problems for your baby. Fragrances, chemicals, and cleaning additives used in laundry detergent can all trigger allergies in your baby as well. Only use a natural, fragrance and chemical free detergent.
Follow with a hot wash: After you have run the nappies through a cold wash run them through again but this time turn the washing machine to hot. The hot water will kill any germs and help sanitize the nappies. If you want to make the nappies softer add about half a cup of white vinegar to the hot water wash.
Rinse twice: After the hot water wash you want to be sure all the detergent is washed out of the nappies so run them through the rinse cycle twice. Then you can dry them and they will be soft, clean, sanitary and safe for your baby.