use & care
The Green Nappy will last longer and remain in good condition if you follow our simple instructions to care for the fabrics.
1. Shake, wipe or scrape any solids into the toilet. (You should do this with disposable nappies too - check the small print on their packaging!)
2. Put soiled nappies in a dry bucket with a sealed lid. Close the tabs to prevent covers from joining together in the wash. Do not soak the nappies. Alternate covers throughout the day unless soiled. When away from home, the nappy can be placed in a bag and added to your bucket later.
3. Gentle wash (cold recommended) within 4 days. Tip dry soiled nappies into the washing machine. No need to soak and no need to handle the nappies. If you have a front-loader, use plastic tongs. If the nappies are very soiled, an extra rinse before the wash cycle is recommended. Use a gentle cycle (eg "woollens" or "eco" setting) and a slow spin speed. "Heavy-duty" or "cotton" wash cycles are not necessary and may damage your nappies.
4. Use a gentle washing powder such as one labeled “earth-friendly”. Use half the recommended amount. Too much detergent is a common cause of smelly nappies. Do not use detergents or nappy-soaking solutions with enzymes or brighteners, as they leave a residue on fabrics reducing the absorbency and occasionally causing skin irritation.
5. Rinse well to remove all traces of detergent. Do not use fabric softener or vinegar rinses regularly as they destroy the waterproof qualities of the covers. If the nappies are adequately washed they are odourless. If they retain a smell, use less detergent and rinse them more (eg extra rinse before or after the main washing cycle).
6. Line dry in the sun. Soakers and covers don’t even need pegs, unless it is very windy. Nappies can be tumble dried if necessary however it is not recommended for covers and the more they are tumbled, the faster they will wear out.
Things to note
Hemp and Bamboo
These fabrics will increase in absorbency over the first 6-30 washes. They may also shrink a little. We have prewashed the hemp fabric once only. You may occasionally notice some small fibres on your nappies. These are not harmful but can be easily pulled out.
The fabrics used in your nappies tend not to stain. A few hours of sunlight is usually enough to remove any stains. For stained soakers, vinegar can be used for the final rinse (use the fabric softener dispenser for this). Vinegar should not be used on the waterproof covers, apart from an occasional strip-wash (see below).
This may happen if oil-based barrier creams are used making a water-repellent surface on the stay-dry microfleece layer. This can be removed by strip-washing (see below). Children who pass large amounts of urine, for example overnight, may require a booster for more absorbency. Soaking, frequent vinegar or bicarbonate rinses or using the wrong type of detergent (see below) can permanently ruin the waterproof qualities of the covers.
Too much detergent can build up in the nappies causing them to retain smells and leak. Check that detergent is used sparingly and that the nappies are rinsed thoroughly. Do not use bleach, whitening agents, fabric softeners, brighteners, enzymes or stain-guard products.
Strip–washing to remove residues
Occasionally the nappies may require a thorough wash to clean off any oils, detergent or other products that may have accumulated. This can be done using a hot wash with 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda and 1/2 cup vinegar, then a second rinse cycle with water only. This process is safe for both covers and soakers, provided it is only done occasionally.