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  CARE INSTRUCTIONS

BEFORE YOUR FIRST USE: Please WASH your nappies! The wash instructions overleaf need to be observed to retain your product warranty and ensure that they get the best and easiest clean possible. The rule of thumb is to keep washing them until the “smell” clean. Approx. 3-6 times before the first use – drying them inbetween each wash. Both the organic and synthetic fibres in our nappies contain some manufacturing and transport residues that you need to remove before using to maximise their absorbency.

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1: Dry Pail
Dry Pailing is the term that MCN (Modern Cloth Nappy) people use to describe the act of NOT soaking their nappies! Until they have a load to wash, they simply store them in a dry bucket, with a lid, to keep the smell down and keep them out of the way!
Step 2: The Washing
Simply remove the inserts from your nappy and undo all the snaps (This extends the life of your covers). Then pop them into the washing machine with about ¼ of the washing powder you would normally use on a regular wash and rinse cycle.
Why powder? Please see the Do's and Don'ts below!

The Do's and Don'ts
  • Do wash your nappies after each use
  • Do wash them within 3-4 days of use
  • Do contact us if you have any problems or questions!
  • Don't expose your nappies to high heat for prolonged periods of time. (this means a heater or dryer, electric clothes horse, towel warmer and even line drying in the sun on hot days for extended lengths of time) as it can damage the elastic in your nappies and may cause the PUL Lining to de-laminate
  • Don't use detergents that contain dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and brighteners. Failure to do so will cause damage to your nappies and void your warranty
  • Don't use bleach, borax, Napisan or whitener’s. Oxidising bleaches can leave a film on your fleece causing it to repel moisture. They will also destroy the waterproofing PUL and elastic on your nappies and will void your warranty.
  • Don't use Fabric softener! The fabrics we have chosen for use in our nappies ensure that they stay soft and suple for their lifecycle! Using Fabric softner will void your warranty.

→ Enzymes, petrolium (Or glycerin) based detergents and fabric softner liquids all “waterproof” fabrics in the process of cleaning them. Even using too much powder does the same thing! This leads to more frequent nappy changes and leaks! If this happens, please use the “Strip Wash” Instructions below

Smelly Nappies when they are “Clean”?
Leaking Nappies when they are barely wet?
It may be time for a STRIP WASH!


Strip Wash Instructions
1. Hand wash your nappy inserts with regular dishwashing detergent (cheap stuff is best – make sure it doesn’t have any added moisturisers or the like) to remove any oils. Use the hottest water you can stand to have your hands in. Soap up each inserts, dip in the water and squeeze out like a sponge.
2. Put a small amount of detergent on the lining of the covers
3. Rub vigorously to scrub the lining
4. Turn the nappy cover inside out and repeat.
5. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.
6. Dry and restart use again!

Other helpful tips:

  • Use a liner to quickly deal with big messes. Flushable ones work well for breastfed poos that are very sloppy. Polar fleece ones (Like what are available at in the Love Bugz accessories range) work well for babies on solids or formula with harder poos as these will just roll into the toilet
  • Get rid of poos ASAP before dry-pailing
  • Expose your nappies to UV light after every wash – it is how they get sanitised and bleach stains!

Un-explained Purple, Burgandy or Brown Stains:  Notice that your nappies or inserts come out with dark stains on them after they have been dry pailed for a few days even if they only had urine on them? This is the Purple Nappy phenomena! This is caused by a chemical present in infant painkillers such as panadol. The only way to deal with this is by multiple washes and lots of UV light. The nappies are fine to use between washes, it is just a cosmetic issue and doesn't effect the function or lifecycle of the nappies themselves.