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I am using cloth nappies and at present I am soaking them in Napisan or a cheaper brand one and then washing with Aware soap powder from Planet Ark and putting vinegar in the rinse cycle.

 

What I was wondering was: Do you need to soak in the Napisan? or Is there a Natural Alternative?

 

To be honest we still get stains on our nappies regardless of the napisan so I am wondering why I am bothering. I am a dry pailer so is this why I get stains.

 

Any help would be appreciated. Silly me should have been finding out about this ages ago but noone I know even uses cloth nappies let alone uses natural products. We only use bicarb and vinegar here for cleaning and all natural products for everything and I hate buying the napisan but DH thinks it is the only thing that will clean her nappies.

 

Jacqui

Madeline (1yo)

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TreeHugger

Hi Jacqui,

 

I'm a bit confused when you say you soak in Napisan and then further down say you drypail??

 

I too use cloth and when we take off a nappy we remove any poo with a Little Squirt (like a mini high pressure cleaner that attaches to the loo) and put the nappy in a bucket. The bucket has nothing but nappies/wipes and covers - ie. no soakers or water. When the bucket is full I place all the nappies in the machine and do a prerinse. I then add about half the recommended amount of detergent to the machine and some vinegar (approx 1/3 cup) in the softener dispenser. The vinegar removes all traces of detergent and also acts as a disinfectant.

Once the nappies are done, I hang them in the sun, which acts as a natural sanitiser and bleaches the nappies, so any stains will fade or diappear.

 

I haven't used soakers for about 12 months now and my nappies look just as good as they did when we used the soakers.

 

Good Luck

 

HTH

 

Tracee

 

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Lisa_S

Napisan is a bleacher/whitener/stain remover thingy isnt it?

 

That would be bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) as an alternative. Vineger is good for greasy poos too.

 

We rinse off nappies if its a runny newborn poo, or shake poo in the toilet if its a more solid older baby poo, then we chuck it in a bucket with a lid. (Dry pail)

 

Then we run a cold wash cycle to rinse the nappies, then we run a normal hot wash with a large cup of bicab instead of laundy detegent. 1/3 to 1/2 cup of vinega goes in the softener dispenser tray instead of softner. We have had ZERO problems with stains.

 

It also helps if you line dry in the sun as well!

 

But yeah, you can soak nappies in bicarb and water if you need to. Just don't do it for fitted nappies that have coloured patterns, they may fade the patterns/color!

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Soaking in bicarb can also detiriorate the elsatic in fitted nappies too, so just be careful.

 

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sandy73

Jacisam,

One of my dear friends (who has 4 kids), has used as many natural methods as possible, with raising her kids.She would use diluted vinegar in the nappy bucket then use a boiled up mixture of lux flakes and eucalyptus oil as the nappy wash. not sure whether she was using hot or cold water, but she seemed happy with this method

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KristyMum-

I second everyone's replies esp Whizz kidz

 

I too dry pail and don't usually have a prob with stains.

The other reason the Little Squirt helps w stains (apart from the pressure of the spray) is that it's cold water which means it doesn't set the stains. (remember when you get blood on something you're meant to soak or rinse in cold?) well same for poo.

 

Never used Napisan this time and can't see any difference either what I'm doing works just as well if not better and is nil chemical. (well the evil stuff anyway!) We like to use essential oils too.

see here

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/CFForum/vi...47&Topic=154514

for ideas on what other ways to wash/oils etc...

 

(HTH and hope you get many other replies as I think ??? I remember you posting in the other board and I suggested try here? SO I hope you get lots of feedback!!!)

 

Cheerio

Kristy

 

Happy Parenting!

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Guest Jacisam

Thanks everyone for your reply.

 

Whizz Kid: I dry pail in the bucket and then when I put them in the washing machine I soak in warm (for some reason my machine doesn't work on hot) water with the napisan and washing powder and leave it to soak for a min of a couple of hours. Then rinse as normal with the vinegar. I mostly dry on the line and yes this helps with the stains thank goodness.

 

So if BiCarb affects the elastic in the nappies, I am presuming it will do the same to the plastic pants? Is this correct? Maybe I will have to wash them separately if this is the case.

 

Lisa_S: Thanks for the info on using BiCarb. I might give it a go. I use BiCarb for all my cleaning and it is good stuff so I guess there is no reason why it wont work on the nappies.

 

Sandy73: Thanks for passing the info on what your friend does. It is good to hear about people using cloth nappies and cleaning the natural way. If only more did this our environment would be a better place.

 

Kristymumto3: It wasn't me on another board about a cleaning nappies question. I think the only thing I have replied to is: Do you use cloth nappies and what do you think..sort of thing. I think you replied to my question about other covers available. I read the thread regarding the essential oils and you recommended Fendi post on this board for info so maybe you were thinking of her. She is actually a good friend of mine in real life. I always thought you were supposed to wash nappies in hot water not cold like you have mentioned. Now you mention it though it would make sense with the stains. I think I will rinse the pooey ones straight away and then wash them in cold water instead and give the bi-carb a go with some of the essential oils.

 

Girls all your suggestions are fabulous and it is great to get advice from others who are doing the cloth nappy route. I find it weird that so many people say it is too time consuming when we have found it to be really easy and quick even with dealing with the washing side of things. The thing I love the most is seeing those lovely white (some slightly stained) nappies flapping on the line.

 

Once again thanks.

Jacqui

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KristyMum-

Hi Jacqui

 

There are some pretty cluey people round here aren't there! I'm always learning something new and thinking wow, glad someone knew THAt one!

 

You're right - was Fendi :) re the other post.

 

re the cold water thing - the cold water is about the Little Squirt for squirting off poo etc doesn't set the stains so that when you wash them in HOT water, there is no 'stain' to set iykwim?

So Little Squirt is cold water, washing is hot (for me anyway)

Sorry if what I wrote was a bit wiggled up but hope makes sense now :)

 

Happy Parenting!

Kristy - cloth nappy nerd (27)

Michael - awesome Daddy & partner of 13 years (29), Brooke James Grace 27/08/99, Jake Graeme Neville 17/11/01 , Zeke Machaiah Vincent born 27/03/05, less than 30 min labour - welcome little man!

 

This message was edited by KristyMumTo3 on Tuesday, 19 April 2005 @ 5:58 PM

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Guest Jacisam

Kristy you make perfect sense.

 

I tried just rinsing one of the pooey nappies with cold water today and I will wash it with warm water and see if that makes a difference. Unfortunately my washing machine no longer likes washing on hot water and I am not sure why.

 

Thanks for all your help.

 

Jacqui

Madeline (1)

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mias_yummy_mummy

Hi ladies

 

I'm going to give the dry pail, then wash in bi-carb and vinegar a go, but I have a question.

 

How long do you leave the nappies in the dry pail before you wash them. Do you wash everyday, or every couple of days.

 

And is it right that you just put the wet ones straight in the dry pail, but rinse off the pooey ones first before putting in the dry pail.

 

 

 

Cheers

Me 27

DH 28

DDog 7

 

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mias_yummy_mummy

double post sorry.

 

This message was edited by razydog on Wednesday, 20 July 2005 @ 8:52 AM

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Victory

I wash mine every 4-5 days with no dramas at all. I just chuck the wet ones in the bucket under her changetable. I rinse the pooey ones with the 'Little Squirt' then put them in the bucket next to the toilet.

 

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