How To Clean Poo Off Reusable Nappies
Switching to reusable nappies not only benefits the environment by reducing waste, but also saves you money in the long run. However, proper cleaning is essential to ensure their effectiveness and longevity. Fret not, we’ve got you covered with practical tips and techniques on how to clean poo off reusable nappies effortlessly!
The Essential Guide to Removing Poo from Cloth Diapers
When it comes to keeping cloth nappies in good shape, having multiple methods is the way to go. Starting with getting rid of solid waste by shaking and then flushing or rinsing for maximum effect. These strategies will help ensure a hygienic end result.
Rinsing Techniques for Stubborn Messes
Bidet Spray - Using a handheld shower head or bidet attachment near the toilet: position the soiled nappy over it. Spray until thoroughly rinsed out and solid waste sprayed off. If there is any stubborn poo you could use some toilet paper for the last bits.
Poo Knife - A dedicated poo knife for scraping off solids directly into the toilet bowl for simple clean-ups.
Sluicing - For especially liquidy diapers, hold onto a clean corner of the nappy while dipping it inside a clean toilet bowl. Flush the toilet while holding onto the nappy firmly. The power of the flush will help remove solids.
Can you rinse nappies in your sink?
Yes you can however you must ensure you thoroughly clean your sink afterwards to ensure it is hygienically clean.
Handling Newborn and Runny Nappies
In theory if your baby is purely breastfed their poo is water soluble so you could leave the poo on the nappy and let the washing machine wash it away. However rinsing the nappy before placing it into the nappy bucket or wet bag is always our recommendation as this helps avoid staining and is better for the longevity of the nappy material.
Soaking cloth nappies isn’t usually necessary and could even be detrimental if done incorrectly.
Mastering the Pre-Wash Routine
To keep reusable nappies clean, setting a regular wash routine is essential.
Run a rinse or quick wash cycle before your main nappy wash. The rinse cycle removes any remaining urine or poo so that the nappies are washing in cleaner water in the main wash. You do not need to add detergent in this rinse cycle but you can if you prefer. This extra rinse cycle is just like previous generations pre-soaking nappies in a bucket but instead the washing machine is doing the hard work for you.
For best results, cloth nappies must be laundered at least every 48 hours.
Selecting the Right Nappy Liners for Easy Clean-Up
When changing a nappy, liners can make the task much easier. Paper and fleece liners are the most common options used.
The paper liner is ideal for removing weaning poo as it’s stickier than usual. Paper liners are disposable and are thrown away. Bambinex paper liners are the most popular and are suitable for all ages and styles of nappies.
Fleece liners on the other hand give more protection against stains and keep baby feeling drier. However fleece liners are not disposable and need the poo removing from them as above before they can be washed.
Effective Storage Solutions for Soiled Nappies
It is crucial for keeping your house clean and odourless until wash day to store used nappies properly.
Wet bags and nappy buckets are the main options for keeping soiled diapers secure until it’s time to launder them. Both are easily emptied on laundry day directly into your washing machine.
Washing Nappies: Dos and Don'ts
When it comes to laundering cloth nappies, there are some essential tips that can ensure their cleanliness and longevity. Stick with non-bio powder detergent then wash up to 60 degrees Celsius as per the instructions found on each type of nappy label or packaging.
It’s best not to use fabric softeners, two-in-one washing powders as these reduce absorbency for nappies!
Drying Strategies for Cloth Nappies Post-Wash
The correct drying techniques are essential to protecting the quality of cloth nappies.
Nappies can be air dried, put on a rack inside or an airing cupboard or - in cases when appropriate - placed in a tumble dryer on low. But putting them directly onto radiators may harm fibres or even burn the nappy. For longevity is is best if they're left out to air dry.
Maintaining Your Washing Machine's Hygiene
It is essential to clean your washing machine regularly, in order to prevent any grime or bacteria from accumulating. This is important to regularly do even if you are not using washable nappies.
Carrying out a maintenance cycle on the appliance every month will help keep it functioning at its best. To do this, consult your manual for detailed instructions on which cycle to run and how to clean rims & seals, filters, erase lint/build-up inside the drum, etc.
By keeping your washing machine spotless, not only can it work better but also assure that all reusable nappies are washed under hygienic conditions.