We highly recommend that you pre-wash your new nappies before use.
Prewashing your new nappy is recommended to remove any solvy (clear bits of plastic) that may be left under the embroidery, adhesive sprays or pen marks which may be present. Do Not try to remove the solvy by picking at it with your fingers or tweezers as you could possibly damage some of the delicate stitching. Please note that it WILL wash away.
Boosters have already been pre-washed and shrunk before sewing but we do recommend at least 3 more washes in just plain water as this will help increase the bamboo fiber absorbency.
Storing Soiled Nappies
Dry Pailing soiled nappies until wash day is recommeded. Simply rinse/scrape/wipe of any excess waste into the toilet and place into a clean dry nappy bucket or wet bag (nappy liners are an excellent way of making light work of removing solid waste). Nappies do not need to be soaked. Should you have to soak your nappy use only water as using chemical based soakers (nappy san etc.) will damage the materials, elastic and waterproof PUL layer over time. If nappies need to be rinsed to remove excess waste thats fine - just rinse, squeeze out excess water amd place in the nappy bucket or wet bag until wash day. If you are using MCN's on a newborn you may need to rinse NB poo off with water before pailing to reduce staining.
Washing Your Nappies
We recommend washing every 2-3 days max as nappies sitting with urine on them for too long may cause damage to the boosters and smells. For standard workhorses you can wash these opened right up, but for pretties or delicate nappies we suggest snapping them together and turning inside out so that the outer design is on the inside and protected expecially nappies with rhinestones attached. You could use a laundry bag also but sometimes your will struggle to get soiled nappies clean. Ruffles should be hand washed or delicate cycle in a laundry bag.
We suggest you do a cold pre wash first with no washing powder, followed by your normal wash and rinse. You can wash is cold or warm water and with other items like clothes or towels if you don't have a full load.
You should only use ¼ of the recommended amount of washing powder and wash at no hotter that 60 degrees (35-40 is best for keeping your elastics healthy). Smaller amount of washing powder is recommend as using to much will cause build up on the natural fibres and can reduce the absorbency of your nappy and booster.
*NOTE: If washing in a front loader we do recommend reducing your spin speed to 800 or less to preserve elastic and stop your minky going flat and dull.
Drying Your Nappies
Line drying outside in the sun with the inners facing up is the best way to dry your nappies. The sun is a natural sanitiser so it will help in removing any stains and smells you may have. When hanging your nappies on the line we recommend you drape them over the line with the inner facing out as it saves your elastic and stops the outer fading in the sun. Hanging from the top, bottom or the wings will cause your nappies elastic to stretch reducing the life expectencies in them. You can put your nappies in the clothes dryer on cool or warm occassionally and it will not do any damage. Placing them in the dryer will also help 'fluff' your nappies up again.
Absorbency and Smelly Problems
Should your nappies start to loose there absorbency, start to leak or smell we suggest you do a 'Strip Wash" as this will remove excess build up of detergents which is normally what is causing the problem. As BnB nappies are AI2's you do not have to strip wash the cover if you don't want to just the boosters.
Top Loader - you will need to wash your inserts on the hot cycle with approximately 1 teaspoon of dish washing detergent (without moisturises added to it) and no washing powder to your first wash, water only for second wash and you can add a capful of Canisten or Dettol to your third wash (optional), then a plain water wash again. If you still have any bubbles you will need to rinse until they are all gone.
Front Loader - DO NOT USE DISH LIQUID (you will have a bubble frenzy). We suggest using 1/3 cup bicarb soda instead of dishwashing liquid to your first hot wash, water only for second wash and you can add a capful of Canisten or Dettol to your third wash (optional), then a plain water wash again. If you still have any bubbles you will need to rinse until they are all gone.
If done regularly (as needed/monthly) it will help keep your nappies clean of excess washing powder build up, leaving them clean and fresh after each wash.
Ensure your washing power is free of bleach or enzymes as it will cause damage to the fabrics.
Use bleach or bleach like products “Napisan”, Vinegar, or Fabric Softener
Use barriers creams or zinc creams. If needed we recommend you use a nappy liner.
Use any sort of abrasive brushes or scrubbing brush.
Some medications contain an ingredient called 'Sorbitol'. This is found in childrens Panadol and will cause staining to your nappies. We highly recommend having some spare boosters to use for when medication is given or some good liners for your nappies.