Live Help!

Care of Pocket Nappies

10 CommentsFriday, 10 July 2015

I've put together a help video which shows you how to care for and wash your pocket nappies, which covers all our best sellers including Bumgenius, Little Lambs and  Charlie Banana. It's a really straight forward process, but if you're unsure of what to do then I hope this video and guide can help point you in the right direction.

  1. Dispose of paper liner (if using) or shake solids into toilet.
  2. Remove insert from pocket before storing both parts.
  3. Always change the outer after each use, don’t just add a new insert and re-use.
  4. Always dry pail pocket nappies – if put to soak they will lose their waterproofing.
  5. On wash day - Run a cold rinse cycle to remove excess soiling and urine.
  6. Wash at 40oC or 60oC if heavier soiling, using a machine no more than 3/4 full and approx half of the recommended amount of detergent (based on the dose for a full load).
  7. Hang to dry. They should not be dried directly on a radiator as this will ruin the outer – you can put the inserts next to a radiator, and outers on a rack close to the radiator, but not directly on it. If you have to tumble dry this must be on the LOW setting.
  8. Once dry store your pocket nappies stuffed with a fresh insert so they are ready to use.
  9. If putting cream on baby’s bottom you must use a paper liner to avoid a greasy residue ending up on the fleece lining of the nappy which is very difficult to remove.

Thursday, 19 November 2015  |  9:21

Very nice video and tips thank you! I just started with my 14 month old and feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'll go wash his nappies now!

Rachel Smillie
Wednesday, 10 August 2016  |  14:26

What washing powder can I use on my nappies? I currently use Ecover non-bio. We have quite hard water, can I use a fabric softener if it's all natural and not chemical?

Thank you!


Thursday, 11 August 2016  |  9:13

We are happy with just about any detergent as long as it's not Ecover. We recommend a non-bio powder. You should never use any fabric softener as it coats the fibers and makes the nappy less absorbent.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016  |  23:02

I've got some Bambino Mio wraps & the waterproof lining seems to be disintegrating? What have I done wrong please? :-(

Wednesday, 23 November 2016  |  19:49

Hi Louise. A number of things could have happened. Used too much detergent, bleach or a strong detergent/stain remover. They could have got damaged in the washing machine cycle catching on something. Did you dry them on a heat source such as a radiator?

Saturday, 16 September 2017  |  10:27

Thank you, this is really helpful! First time cloth user and I've been feeling too unsure to use them, until now.

Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  11:56

You're more than welcome :)

Monday, 5 March 2018  |  10:09

Is it okay to use a short wash cycle if you’re only washing a few nappies? We’re clothing at night currently and I wash every 3 days as I don’t like to let them sit and it seems a but wasteful to run a full wash cycle. Our machine can do a 55min wash.

Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  21:23

No not really especially with night time nappies as they will be holding the most urine and the strongest most concentrated urine. Can you wash alternate days but wash with other house hold washing? Do a rinse and spin cycle first and then add in other items. I used to add in hubbys football kit as that was one of the washing loads that benefitted from a longer and hotter wash.

Nappy help & expertise since 1999