It’s probably the most daunting part for most families - washing dirty nappies!

But honestly when we break it down it’s a very simple routine once it is in place and equates to a minimal amount of time in the laundry.



- natural fibres increase absorbency during the initial few washes

- wash once in warm water to remove manufacturing residue before use



- a dry pail is a basket with lots of holes for aeration

- wee nappies go straight into the dry pail

- tip or scrape as much solid poo as possible into the toilet

- rinse poo and night nappies before dry pailing

- wet pailing (soaking in a bucket of water) is strongly discouraged as it degrades the fabric and creates mould and bacteria



A two part wash system is recommended for best results


- use a short cycle with half dose of detergent recommended for heavy soiling

- a prewash every day/day and a half will prevent smells, ammonia and mould from developing

- the prewash cycle removes the bulk of soiling leaving the main wash to be done in clean water

- all nappies need to go through a prewash cycle

Main Wash

- Use the longest cycle on your machine with a full dose of detergent for heavily soiled load, up to 60°C

- Use good quality mainstream detergent

- a main wash can occur every 2-4 days

- correct load size will help with agitation and therefore ensure no stains or smells. Aim for 3/4 full in a front loader and a good water ratio in a top loader.



- line drying outdoors is environmentally friendly and economical

- covers/shells should be hung in the shade/inside

- dryer can be used on the lowest setting for shells, ensure elastics aren’t stretched until cold



- a thorough rinse should be done on nappies that are used for extended periods

- use hot water and detergent in the morning

- dry pail as normal



- hot water and good detergent will remove any residue

- use a liner if needed



- the use of chlorine bleach may void your manufacturer warranty if used incorrectly

- avoid fabric softener or vinegar. Fabric softener can coat the fibres causing them to repel. Vinegar may cause breakdown of the nappy components

- Napisan, stain removers and in wash boosters can be used, follow the instructions on the packaging.