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Prewashing Cloth Nappies

14 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015

It is VERY important that you prewash your nappies before you use them. If you don't prewash them, they will not be absorbent enough and they will leak. We recommend that you prewash them twice before use. This can be done at 30/40 degrees centigrade and you only need minimal detergent. There is no need to dry the nappies in between the two pre-washes.

The nappies will reach their full absorbency after approximately 5 washes but 2 prewashes is enough to get started.

If you have coloured nappies and/or wraps you should wash dark/strong colours separately to whites/lights incase of colour running as not all items are colour fast. While one item in a brand might be some others aren't. You need to prewash all absorbent parts of your nappy system. The absorbent parts include, nappies,boosters, fleece liners and muslins. You do not need to prewash the wraps.

Alondra Vargas
Wednesday, 26 October 2016  |  17:53

I bought a set of nappies from you last month.
Now I am prewashing them and I wonder if I can mix the bamboo nappy and light accesories as boosters and muslims with the onesize pocket nappy (bright colors: yellow, jade and spice).

Thursday, 27 October 2016  |  9:46

Normally they are colour fast but to be on the safe side keep the bright colours separate until you're confident they aren't bleeding colour. Could put a muslin in with them to check.

Julicille Amper Nogalada
Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  16:45

i just ordered some Little Lamb Onesize (OSFA) V2 Pocket Nappies and some fleece liners and I just want to ask in advance on how should i prep them. Can I just was them all together (shell, inserts and liners)? or i have to wash them separately? thanks

Saturday, 7 April 2018  |  21:04

yes you can prewash them altogether.

Natalie Breedt
Monday, 2 July 2018  |  13:40

Should I prewash Muslims several times or is once enough?

Friday, 24 August 2018  |  14:01

Yes always prewash any absorbent part 2-3 times before you get started.

Claire Boys
Saturday, 18 August 2018  |  12:15

Can you wash new with your “used” wash after the prewash cycle

Friday, 24 August 2018  |  14:22

Yes you can do. Lots of people like to do the prewashes separately though as new nappies don't need much detergent as the wash is more about getting water through the fibres to make them more absorbent.

Monday, 20 August 2018  |  0:01

When doing a prewash, does it need to be the long 60degree cotton wash or will 2 x 40degree quick washes do the job?

Friday, 24 August 2018  |  14:23

Hi Maria,
2 quick washes will be fine.

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