Cloth Nappy Care

One of the main reasons why people will avoid using cloth nappies is the idea that the washing routines are so much hard work. Today I want to tell you about my wash routine and cloth nappy care and see if I can dispel that myth!

When we made the decision to use cloth nappies I went into it with the mindset that it is going to be hard work and that I will just have to suck it up and deal with it. I have been genuinely surprised at how easy I have found using cloth nappies. It really isn’t a burden at all.

It is as easy as this.

Baby needs a nappy change. So undo the snaps. Pop, pop, pop and they are off! If baby has done a poop, the solids are thrown into the toilet and the nappy gets a good spray with my shower head. Lucky my shower head has a long enough cord to reach the toilet. That was a happy accident. Pull out the inserts and place it all in a container until washing day.

If it is just a wet nappy then I pull out the inserts and place it into the container.

So easy!

Some people like to use a dry bucket and some use a wet bucket. I think it is a matter of preference. The idea of my nappies sitting in a bucket of water for 2 days doesn’t sit well with me, so I use a dry bucket.

I used to use the wet bag from Heart Bunny described in this post, but lately, I think with the extreme Durban heat, they have been starting to smell a bit funky by the end of the second day. So I have been using this purple basket instead. It is working well and there is no more smells. Hooray!

It sits right next to the changing station for easy access.

So what exactly is my washing routine? Also, really easy!

I wash a load of nappies every second day. It is not as bad as you think, and I’d rather wash more often than run the risk of growing mold in my beautiful nappies. (They are an investment you know!) Basically, cloth nappies have to have this wash routine.

Rinse  Wash with a rinse Extra rinse

So I put them in the machine, do a prewash without any soap (that counts as my first rinse), a normal wash at 40°C with about 60-80g of Ariel Auto powder (I couldn’t measure it exactly and I use the one without Downy) and a medic rinse. Some people prefer to do all the rinses separately. I don’t want to be attached to my washing machine for 2 hours, so I just do it all in one go. Also, all of my cloth wipes go into this wash with the nappies.

Then they either dry on our clothes horse or outside on the line, depending on the weather. My nappies don’t have any stinks and there are no stains on the fabric. I haven’t had to strip them or use any bleach. It is so easy! It is quite literally as easy as doing a load of washing!

So there you have it. How easy is that? I don’t want to sound like one of those crazy cloth nappy ladies, but the best part is hanging all those cute nappies on the line. Sheesh, they bring me a lot of joy, especially when I consider how much money we have saved using them!

Oh gosh, I think the crazy cloth nappy lady ship has sailed….









  1. Belinda Cal

    Thank you 🙂 So glad I came across your website.

    Can’t wait to use our cloth nappies 🙂 you made it sound super easy and not at daunting as some mommies have advised me.

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