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Washing and Care Guide for your Cloth Nappies
 
Before use: Make sure you prewash your new nappies 1-3 times before use to remove any manufacturing residue. Wash in warm water for the first of these prewashes. It's not necessary to dry the nappies inbetween prewashes. Washing helps to increase the initial absorbency of the nappy and inserts (It is important to know that most nappies won't reach full absorbency until around 8-9 washes). 
 
Pailing: when a nappy is soiled, dispose of any solids in the toilet and remove any liners  (biodegradable liners can be flushed down most tolits). Then place the nappy in a dry, lidded nappy bucket or wetbag. Wash within 48hours ideally to avoid the nappies becoming stained or the fabrics deteriorating. 

Pre Wash: Be sure to close wash tabs on your aplix nappies
 (this avoids them sticking and pulling at other nappies during the wash) and ideally remove inserts from pocket nappies and all-in-two nappies for easier washing and drying.
 
Washing:  We recommend putting the nappies through a pre-wash rinse cycle (no detergent) before your wash. Then wash on a normal (cold or warm water) cycle. It is important that you only use ½ strength detergent when washing your nappies. Conventional washing powders can contain brighteners, softeners, perfumes or other added enzymesc and these can build up in nappies over time and eventually affect absorbency and cause nappies to smell. If you are using conventional washing powder and this occurs you can do a strip wash (outlined below). We recommend washing your nappies with detergent specifically formulated for cloth nappies or Eco friendly brands such Earth, Eco-Store, or Purity Sensitive which are available in the supermarket.
 
**Do not use any bleach, fabric softener, vinegar or whiteners such as napisan on your nappies as these are all detrimental to the nappy. ** You can however, use an antibacterial wash such as Canesten or Dettol, which are both available in the supermarket.
 
Drying: Line drying is not only good for the environment, but is great for your nappies. UV rays are generally enough to kill any germs and the sun is excellent at bleaching stains on your nappies. If weather is not permitting, nappies can be dried in the dryer on a low setting only – drying them on a high temperature may damage the nappy. If you notice that your nappies feel a little stiff after being line dried (this is especially common with hemp/bamboo), placing them in the dryer for a few minutes will have them feeling beautiful and soft again in no time.
 
Strip Wash: If you find that your nappies are suddenly leaking, or starting to smell – even after a wash – then it may be time to do a strip wash. Washing powder can leave residue in the nappy over time and a strip wash will remove this build up.  To do a strip wash, simply put your nappies in the machine and wash them on a warm cycle. Place a few drops of cheap, regular dishwashing liquid in with the nappies, and wash repeatedly until there are no more suds. 
 
Nappy Covers: In regards to Wool Covers, please note the manufacturers individual care instructions as wool covers are treated quite differently to other cloth nappies. PUL covers can be put in the wash with your nappies as per the above instructions. However, you may find your PUL cover is hardly wet or soiled after use and a quick wipe down or rinse under the tap and your cover is ready to use again.
 
Wetbags: As required, just throw them in the wash with your next load of nappies as above.
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