Washing & Troubleshooting Advice
Please note: We now advise using the amount of detergent recommended by your detergent manufacturer on the packaging. If you are using a reduced amount and your nappies are clean then don't change your routine!
Additional Washing Advice
- If your washing routine is working, then don't change it!
- Washing nappies is a simple process if you follow the steps above! Don't over complicate it!
- Your nappies can be washed with normal clothing, simply add the clothes after the pre-rinse cycle.
- Do NOT use any detergents which contain fabric softeners, optical brighteners, bleach, enzymes as these can break down natural fibres like bamboo or leave a film over the fabric reducing absorption.
- For a partial list of recommended detergents check out our blog . If you aren't sure if a detergent is safe to use, please pop us an email.
- If you need to use a nappy rash or barrier cream that contains zinc or petroleum then ensure you use a nappy liner (flushable or micro fleece) to prevent residue sticking to your nappies which reduces their absorbency.
- Use the recommended dose of detergent on the detergent packaging.
Prepping Your Nappies for Use
Any nappies which contain natural fibres (bamboo/hemp) do require pre-washing to increase absorbency. They reach their best absorbency after 8 + washes, however it is fine to use them after the initial pre-washing. Just remember their best absorbency comes after 8 + washes!
To pre-wash your nappies, simply run them through a normal cycle 3 - 5 times. (Use detergent in first cycle only). No need to dry in between washes & no need for detergent. After these initial washes, simply dry your nappies and you're ready to go!
You can also soak your items over night in cold plain water, followed by a regular wash cycle, but just keep in mind best absorbency comes after the 8 + washes, so if you get any leaks over the first few wears this will be why!
No pre washing is required for PUL Covers, AI2 & Multi-fit Shells.
Further Washing Advice.
Wash every second day.
When soiled, simply empty solids into the toilet. To make life easier though, we highly recommend the 'Little Squirt
' or flushable BBH Nappy Liners
Place wet nappies directly into nappy bucket (no soaking)
If baby has very strong urine, give a quick rinse prior to putting into nappy bucket. This will dilute the urine in the nappy. Sometimes, strong urine can degrade nappies if they are left too long in the bucket.
We do not recommend soaking your nappies in any solutions (eg Napisan), particularly those that contain chlorine bleaching agents, as it will directly affect a nappy's lifespan. However, soaking in plain water is okay if this is your preference.
Once the nappy bucket is full (generally every second day) simply put the nappies into your washing machine and set your machine to do a pre-rinse cycle. Once the rinse cycle is completed you can wash your nappies. Any temperature up to 60 degrees celcius is fine.
Never use fabric softener at any time as it will leave a residual coating on the fabric fibres.
- Use the full dosage of detergent as recommended on your detergent bottle.
PUL covers are to be cared for in the same manner as your nappies, however we recommend washing them in a lingerie bag to keep them looking nice! Remember to always fold back the laundry tabs on your PUL covers, All In Ones & Swim Nappy. Do not expose PUL to heat over 60 degrees.
If line drying your nappies, to keep nappy elastic in best condition, try pegging your nappies on the line 'horizontally' rather than 'vertically'. This way, the weight of the wet nappy does not stretch the elastic whilst drying. Alternatively, drape nappies over a clothes horse instead. If tumble drying your nappies use the LOW setting only.
- Use Dettoll or Canestan very sparingly & generally these should only be used if gastro or thrush has been present in the nappies. Ensure you run additional rinse cycles to remove all residue of these products.
Caring for your Wool Covers
Wool covers require some extra care. In order for your wool cover to perform its best, it needs to be 'lanolised'. Lanolin is the natural oil found in wool that helps to keep sheep dry in the rain. The wool needs to have this lanolin replenished every couple of weeks to maintain its leak proof abilities. You can use 'Lansinoh' or any 100% lanolin usually sold at chemists. The lanolin in the wool neutralizes the urine, meaning your cover is self-cleaning.
You only need to wash your cover if it becomes soiled, stinky or dirty, or when it requires re-lanolising. If your baby is a heavy wetter with very strong urine, you will probably need to lanolise more regularly. We'd recommend lanolising about once per fortnight to once a month depending on how many covers you have in rotation.
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BeeHinds Wool Covers only need washing every few weeks providing they are not soiled and have been lanolised well enough. When you change your baby's nappy, hang the wool cover to air dry until you next need to use it again (it is best to alternate between covers when using wool).
Baby BeeHinds wool covers can be machine washed, on the gentle cycle, inside a laundry or delicates bag. Make sure you only use cold water to wash in (you could wash them in with your clothes). If you prefer, you may choose to wash by hand in cool water using soap flakes or wool wash (ideal). These are nice and gentle on the natural fibers of the wool. Once it is clean, rinse well under cool water, lanolise, and then hang in the shade to dry. Do not soak your wool covers in whitening or soaking solutions
For more troubleshooting advice on stinky nappies, leaks, stains check out our BLOG for lots of advice! Or give us a call at HQ on 02 4976 2729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help!