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How To: Preparing your cloth nappies for use.
 12/27/2013  by 

how do i prepare my cloth nappiesPrepping your cloth nappies for use

Your very first step is to prepare your cloth nappies for use. This process increases their absorbency, relaxes the fibres and removes any residues left behind from manufacturing. Each manufacturer will have instructions relating to their cloth nappies.

There are two general ways to prep your nappies. Depending upon the materials in your cloth nappy, will determine the method used.

If you nappies are entirely synthetic, for example microfibre inserts and PUL covers, then you only need to washed once before use. 

If you have natural fibres, such as bamboo, hemp or cottons, there are two methods you can use.

The first is to wash cloth nappies 3 to 5 times. 

  1. For the first wash, use your normal washing detergent (Laundry) with warm to hot water, not greater than 60 degrees. Nothing that contains bleach or fabric softeners. Wash the entire nappy, including covers. Always follow manufacturers recommendations.
  2. Washes number 2 and on-wards do not need any washing detergent, but warm water will help the process of absorbency. You dont need to add the separate PUL covers at this point. They dont need to increase their absorbency! 
  3. There is no need to dry in between washes. 
  4. When you have reached your final wash, hang your cloth nappies out to dry.
  5. Now your ready to go!
The second is to soak overnight in the bath/bucket or sink. 
  • Only soak the inserts. DONT SOAK PUL covers! This can equate to the first few washes of the above, but saves water and power. Just be aware that it will take a few machine washes to reach full absorbency. Anywhere betwee 6-8 washes is standard.
  • After the nappies have been soaking, do the first wash. Use your normal washing detergent (Laundry) with warm to hot water, not greater than 60 degrees. Nothing that contains bleach or fabric softeners. Wash the entire nappy, including covers. Always follow manufacturers recommendations.

Now your ready to add some fluff to your little ones bottom!

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