All About Cloth Nappies | Nappy Maintenance | New to Cloth

New Nappies

We recommend to wash all new nappies at least once and preferably 5-6 times to obtain maximum absorbency. The washing removes residues left over from the manufacturing process, travel dust and natural oils in fabrics like bamboo, hemp and cotton that reduce absorbency. It is also recommended to use any night nappies as day nappies the first few times until they reach maximum absorbency.

Storing Dirty Nappies

We recommend dry pailing. This is simply scraping off the excess poo in the toilet and putting the nappies straight into the nappy pail dry or after a rinse. We do not recommend soaking the nappy in water and detergents. Soaking requires lifting of heavy buckets, is a possible drowning risk whilst dry pailing is less effort and still as effective in preventing stains. Soaking in sanitising agents and bleaches not only can reduce the longetivity of the nappy; it wil void some warranties and the residues left on the nappy may irritate your baby’s skin. Always fold the Velcro fasteners back as soon as the possible to prevent snagging on other nappies in the bucket and wash.

Useful Nappy storing and cleaning accessories

Hand held water sprayers are available that can be attached to the toilet which can be used to spray off the excess poo straight into the toilet. A large reusable or disposable wetbag can be used inside the pail. Simply separate the boosters from the covers before putting them into the wetbag. Once ready to wash either shake them straight out of the bag or pail.


Wash early and wash often. To prevent stains you should wash them at least every 2-3 days. Pre rinsing in cold to warm water will help prevent stains from setting, however this is not necessary. We recommend running your wash at 60 degrees occasionally if not every time to kill off the bacteria associated with dirty nappies. If the temperature is lowered it is important to consider increasing the pre rinsing, washing machine mechanical actions and disinfectant in the detergents. Avoid using softeners, bleaches and nappy cleaning agents such as napisan. They can degrade the elastic, waterproofing and absorbency whilst residues left on the nappy can irritate your baby’s skin. Use of bleaches, napisan or stain removers will void the warranty of some nappies as they are known to degrade the PUL.


We recommend line drying whenever possible. The sun will aid in sanitising and bleaching the nappies. Regular use of a dryer costs in electricity and wears the nappies down much faster and can damage the outer PUL in some nappies. Occasional use in the dryer can soften boosters in particular bamboo boosters and the heating action can help prevent leaks through the PUL layer.

Use of Nappy Rash Creams

Nappy rash creams are designed to repel moisture and as a result they can coat the fibres of your nappy causing them to leak. If nappy rash cream is required then it is preferable to use a liner inside the nappy as barrier between the cream and the nappy.

Strip Wash

It is recommended to run an extra rinse cycle once in while to remove any build-up of detergents. If your nappies begin to smell of ammonia then run a hot wash without laundry detergent and a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent to degrease and break down residues in the fabrics. This also helps keep the nappies soft.