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Washing new cloth nappies
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:09 PM
I'm new to cloth nappies, and after much research recently purchased 5 nappies to trial. I've got 3 tots bots easyfits v3, a pikapu and a BBH bamboo fitted.
The easyfits are second hand, so I'm guessing I can use these straight away? However the pikapu and BBH nappies are brand new and I'm wondering how I should wash these before we use them to maximise the absorbency etc? My main question is do I need to dry them between loads and use any of the enzyme-free detergent or not?
Also because I'm just starting with 5 nappies (which don't make up a whole load of washing) how should I go about washing them every 2 days? Would it be ok to wash them with my normal washing, despite the need to do a rinse, main wash and then another rinse at the end?
Also interested to hear any feedback about these nappies in particular, or suggestions for nappies that might also suit our needs. Bub is almost 6 months old and is quite long (about 97th percentile) and lean (50th percentile), so I'm curious to see how these might fit her. Our main criteria is that if possible the nappies are quick drying and not too fiddly to put together and put on, as bub is very wriggly on the change table at the moment!
Thanks so much for any help you can give me Sorry for all the questions - still a bit confused about everything, but eager to understand cloth nappies better and get rid of the stinky disposables!
Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:24 PM
I never bothered with the numerous pre-washes to 'boost absorbency', I felt they just waste water and you change them so often anyway so you may as well just use them straight away.
I did one prewash with detergent to remove residual manufacturing chemicals and then used them once they were dry.
As to washing them, I don't rinse before washing. I use a little squirt to remove solids then toss them straight into the washing machine. At the moment with two kids in nappies I don't need to bulk up my load but when it was only the one child I would frequently toss in some towels or clothing. I put my nappies through the intensive cycle with 10ml of Earth Choice laundry liquid and do a post wash rinse. I use about 30ml on the occasions I'm using a top loader.
If you're using Earth Choice detergent, get the 1L bottles, the 750ml ultra concentrated bottles quickly leave build up and the 4L bottle is actually a lower concentration than the 1L bottle (and about 4 times the price per litre!)
Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:11 PM
Thanks tamjk - really appreciate that information.
That's interesting about the 'Earth Choice' liquid. Good to know when you don't always have time to compare. I've also got a top loader. Do you know whether it's ok to use the 'Earth Choice' powder instead of the liquid? - just that we already have some powder. I'm guessing it is, but do you know if there is a benefit to using the liquid?
Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:41 PM
Does anyone have any feedback about Totsbots Easyfits V3 or Pikapu nappies?
Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:24 PM
Charlie's Soap is also pretty good for washing nappies in as it doesn't build up and you don't need to strip wash.
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