care of your nappy
There are a few points to keep in mind when caring for your Poppets Nest nappy, or any modern cloth nappy for that matter, basically the simpler the care the better!
NO BLEACH- NO SOAKING- NO NAPISAN- NO HOT TUMBLE DRY- NO SOAP FLAKES (eg. Lux)
Here are a some things we do recommend:
- Wash before use. A pre-wash or two in warm or cold water without detergent will help your nappy reach its maximum absorbency (usually reached at about 8 to 10 washes).
- Be sure to remove any solids into the toilet first (by shaking, scraping or rinsing), that way the nappy will wash up alot better and stain less.
- We recommend doing the nappy up loosely and pushing the outer of the nappy in (so effectively turning the nappy inside out) and washing it this way to preserve elastic and prevent any tangling. The nappy may also be fastened over the clothes line again to preserve the leg elastic.
- Use only a 1/4 to 1/2 of the washing powder you would usually add to a general wash. This helps prevent a detergent build up, that could affect your nappy's absorbency.
- Using a pre-rinse cyle is helpful especially with front load washing machines as it makes sure all the inserts are wet before washing begins.
- Warm or cold water is preferred when washing. The occasional hot wash (not over 60 degrees please) is fine for the minky and PUL nappies, but is not reccommended for the cotton prints.
- 'Strip wash' your nappy with a hot wash occasionally (again not over 60 degrees). This helps to rid the nappy of odours, built up detergent and stains. We suggest that the cotton print outer nappies be washed in a hot handwash, and that the water is directed on the insert mainly to prevent fading and damage to the fabric.
- Line dry as much as possible, with the nappy inner facing the sun. Not only is it the greener and cheaper option, it also helps remove any stubborn marks on the suedecloth (trust me, you'll be amazed at what the sun can erase).
- Rinse your inserts before pailing, especially when your child is teething or if you like to wait until there is enough nappies for a load. This will help prolong the life of the bamboo in the insert, as some children (especially when teething) have very strong urine that can cause the natural fibres within the insert to disintergrate, the same can happen if nappies are sitting for a while (eg. days) before washing. Personally, I wash the nappies in a warm wash with their clothes usually everyday.
- Use a liner when using a barrier cream or alternatively buy a modern cloth nappy friendly cream, to protect your nappy.
By following these recommendations you'll get the best out of your nappy, ensuring it remains in tip top shape for the next child!