Using and caring for reusable nappies

Reusable nappies can be an absolute dream to use! By sticking to a simple wash routine, you can easily incorporate them into your lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to get you started.


  • Always follow the wash care instructions on the label.
  • Wash reusable nappies a few times prior to use to increase their absorbency. 
  • If you are using a lower water temperature for washing, follow immediately with a 10 minute warm cycle to kill any bacteria left.
  • Use  disposable or reusable eco-friendly nappy liners to protect your nappies and to make the removal of solids much easier.
  • Line your nappy bucket with a laundry mesh and just pop the whole bag into the machine hassle free- this way, you won’t have to touch dirty nappies.
  • Use non-biological powder specially made for cloth nappies. Enzymes present in some bio detergents can corrode natural fibers.
  • Line dry where possible. The sun is a natural bleach and it kills bacteria too. If needed, tumble dry on low heat to keep nappies at their softest.


  • Don’t use fabric softeners or liquid detergent. They coat the fabric fibers which decreases the absorbency of the nappies.
  • Don’t use bleach or other harsh stain removers. They deteriorate fabrics faster and shorten the life span of cloth nappies.
  • Don’t boil or wash reusable nappies with the baby cycle - extremely high temperatures will wear them down quickly.
  • Don’t use bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. They can dissolve cotton and bamboo fibers.