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microfiber inserts going grey, how to wash them so they go white again?
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#1 tenar

Posted 27 January 2010 - 09:42 AM

The microfiber inserts for my BG pocket nappies are going kinda greyish.  Not a good look, though the outers are still looking fantastic.   This is only an aesthetic problem, the inserts still work fine (8 months continuous use so far).

How can I get them white again?  I tried bleaching some with White King, but they didn't really go noticably whiter (maybe a tiny bit?).  Does bleach not work on microfiber?  I am reluctant to use very strong chemicals, but this is bugging me.  Should I try napisan?  

Has anyone else solved this one?

#2 metime

Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:08 AM

I've used White King bleach on microfibre inserts, it doesn't hurt them as they are synthetic.  As long as you rinse them well enough there shouldn't be any issue as they don't touch the skin.

#3 lilyjay

Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:02 AM

Sunshine helps.

#4 LisaMaree82

Posted 28 January 2010 - 01:39 PM

You will never get them back to the white that they were I'm afraid.

Lisa

#5 ecb

Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:43 PM

My dad swears by blue-o to whiten your whites.  You could try that.

#6 emwill

Posted 28 January 2010 - 03:08 PM

Try Napisan as there is no elastic or PUL to damage  biggrin.gif

#7 purplebilby

Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:38 AM

modern cloth nappy instructions advise against using bleach/napisan. if you use them, they coat the fibres of the fabric and make them less absorbent. (i THINK that's what it says, i'm too tired to go hunting for the exact info, i know, my bad).

i felt using Napisan would be defeating the purpose of me washing the nappies in VERY MILD washing detergent (precisely to avoid harmful chemicals both for my child's sake and the waterways e.g the environment), plus stuff like Napisan gives me the worst headaches (so for my health too).

so it depends on how you feel about harsh chemicals.

use them - but be aware that the insert is in your baby's nappy - and have white inserts
or don't use them - and have off white inserts.

it's a choice, up to each parent.

#8 emwill

Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:19 AM

QUOTE
modern cloth nappy instructions advise against using bleach/napisan. if you use them, they coat the fibres of the fabric and make them less absorbent.
oh i didn't know that good to know!

#9 Guest_Cali~_*

Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:07 PM

As you said, it's only aesthetic, so why does it matter? Who is going to see them and judge?

#10 tick

Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:56 PM

I bought some second hand nappies and the microfibre inserts were really stained - somehow someone else's stains bother me more than our own ones!  I soaked them all in napisan and they came up quite nicely - after the soaking I gave them a bit of a "mini-strip" with some dishwashing detergent in a bucket, just to remove any leftover residue.




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