People say that using cloth nappies is cumbersome and takes time. That might have been true for the generation of our grand parents but cloth nappies have come a long way since then. Over the last ten years, cloth nappies companies – most of them founded by mothers – have set out to design nappies that were washable AND easy to use.
Washing cloth nappies is easy and doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Follow our simple 5 steps to washing cloth nappies:
- Pop the poo in the toilet. You should do this anyway, even with disposable nappies. It avoids nasty smells in the bathroom and is more hygienic. Rinse the nappy briefly under water. Wring.
- Place the wet nappy in a bucket. Every now and then, add a few drops of natural disinfectant like tea tree oil and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in the bucket. You can choose to wet or dry pail (have water in the bucket or not)
- Pop the wet nappy in the washing machine. Cloth nappies can be washed along with the rest of your laundry. Once your baby is over 3 months and apart from special circumstances, a 40 degrees wash is sufficient.
- Dry as you dry the rest of your laundry. Some nappies are quick drying, others take a little bit longer. If you choose to tumble dry, you might reduce the lifespan of your nappies, especially the wraps.
- Fold. Nappies are simple, that’s easily and quickly done.
Done! Some clean cloth nappies, ready for the next time.