Washing Guidelines

Firstly … We built our products made to last. For years. Nothing but the best fabrics & materials on your babies bum! Not all nappies are made to the same quality as ours. Some cannot withstand high heat and will degrade quickly, however stick to our recommended routine & your beehinds will last for years. After years of personal trials, listening to scientific experts and our customers these guidelines will keep your nappies smell free, stain free & the most hygienic they can be. These guidelines are an adaption of Clean Cloth Nappies. For any troubleshooting please see our blog or contact our Customer Service team for assistance.

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Further Advice 

  1. Dry Pail Nappies
  2. Pre-rinse by hand or quick cycle (which empties the drum so the nasties disappear), then hold your pre-rinsed nappies until you have a full load
  3. Bulk up your load by adding clothes after the pre-rinse stage
  4. Wash every 2/3 days ideally, however you can extend this out if pre-rinsing nappies on a short cycle each day.
  5. Secure velcro laundry tabs before washing.
  6. Follow the full dose recommendations according to your detergent packaging for heavily soiled items.
  7. Wool covers need separate washing routine. See our Wool Advice page.
  8. A good wash routine will prevent your nappies staining or smelly however you may use a booster or stain remover such as Vanish or Sard Soap/Spray Stain Remover after the pre-rinse stage.
  9. With a great wash routine you should not need to perform a strip & santise, however if you find you have stinky nappies then get in touch with HQ.
  10. When you find your washing mojo don’t change a thing!

What Not to Do

  • Do NOT soak/wet pail any modern cloth nappy products
  • Do NOT use chlorine based bleach or fabric softener on your nappies
  • Do NOT let sit in the nappy bucket for longer than 3 days
  • Do NOT dry in a HOT dryer or leave in extreme summer heat
  • Do NOT wash nappies with towels, bedding or sheets
  • Do NOT use a short cycle for your main wash
  • 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 first wash – Just remember to their absorbency increases the more you wash it so you may need to change bub a little more often initially. For Nappy Covers, Shells, Swim Nappies & Wetbags just wash once and start using.

Before Using: Wash covers, nappies & inserts once in a long wash cycle (cold to warm, with small dose of detergent). Don’t forget to use the laundry tabs if you have velcro!

Extra Mile Prepping: (Optional to increase absorbency quicker). Soak in plain water overnight, then run your nappies through a  a normal cycle 3 – 5 times. (Use detergent in first cycle only). No need to dry in between washes. After these initial washes, simply dry your nappies and they will be half way through increasing their absorbency.


We recommend line drying your inserts, nappies & other items. Hang nappies with elastics horizontally or lie over a clothes horse to prevent elastics over stretching. You may use a tumble dryer on LOW temperature only. High temperatures will rise delaminating your waterproof fabrics which is not covered under warranty.


Caring For Your Wool Covers

Wool covers require some extra care different to your other nappies. . 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.

Click here for steps on how to lanolise your wool covers

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


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