Care Instructions for Cloth Nappies and Disana Wool.
MODERN CLOTH NAPPIES CARE
We recommend washing or soaking your RAWr Nappies or Disana Nappy System at least once before their first use, as you normally would when buying new clothing. The bamboo in RAWr Nappies can take up to 6-8 washes before reaching full absorbency, although they will work their super soaking magic very well even after their prewash.
Washing cloth nappies is just like washing any heavily soiled load of washing. Rinse dirty nappy thoroughly then wash in warm-hot water (not above 60°C) according to detergent manufacturer’s instructions. As your regular nappy detergent, try to use a product free from harsh additives like de-pilling agents, stripping agents, bleach, softeners and whiteners/brighteners.
No fabric softeners or vinegar.
Do not iron.
Do not dry clean.
1. If soiled remove into toilet using squirt hose or toilet paper.
2. Give nappy a thorough rinse and place into a dry pail/wetbag for up to two days, until ready to wash in machine.
3. Wash in clean washing machine up to 60°C on long cycle using detergent as per manufacturer’s instructions (if using a front loader set spin speed to 800rpm or less to reduce wear and tear on elastics).
4. Line dry, hang from middle of nappy to avoid overstretching leg elastic or lay flat in the sun (restrict to up to half a day in full hot sun to avoid damage). UV light has amazing ability to whiten so giving your nappies a sun-bake removes the need for any chemical bleaching.
- Wash or soak in water temps over 60°C
- Use spin speed over 800rpm
- Use bleaching agents/whiteners or brighteners
- Use detergents containing cellulase enzyme (may just be listed as enzymes)
- Dry nappy shells in a hot dryer
Not only will these things will degrade the nappies’ fabrics and elastic but doing so voids our manufacturer’s warranty. Check your detergent, especially if washing our certified organic blend fabrics as these fibres are untreated and stripping/depilling agents in many detergents will quickly strip the fibres out of existence.
RAWr Nappies supports the recommendations of The Australian Nappy Association (ANA), as found in this document: ANA Simple Washing Instructions
For more information on washing modern cloth nappies please visit this blog post.
*The detergents we recommend are readily available in Australia (this list is not exhaustive, if you choose to use something not listed here just check the ingredients do contain surfactants, and do not contain fabric softeners, bleach or cellulase if washing certified organic fabrics (often listed as just ‘enzymes’ on detergent packaging):
- Biozet Powder and Liquid Detergents
- Coles Smartbuy Liquid or Sensitive Powder
- Duo Front & Top Loader Powder
- Eco Store Powder – (Vegan, Cruelty Free)
- OMO Sensitive, Powder and Liquid Detergents
- Rockin Green Platinum Powder or Liquid Detergent – (Vegan, Cruelty Free)
- Trimat Advanced Liquid, Powder or Sensitive Detergents
- Trinature Pre Wash Soaker with Trinature Alpha Plus Washing Detergent in main wash – (Vegan, Cruelty Free)
Lanolising wool covers using the wash-soak method:
- Fill a basin with enough warm water to cover the soaker(s) and add the manufacturer’s recommended quantity of wool wash,
- Turn soaker inside out, submerge it in the wash water and gently squeeze the fibres to work the soapy water through,
- Leave it to soak for a minimum of 20-30 minutes,
- Remove soaker from the water and gently squeeze the excess water out.
- Empty the wash water out of the basin and add some hot water,
- Squeeze a pea-sized amount of lanolin out of the tube (if using Lansinoh or similar pure lanolin from the chemist). Otherwise, follow manufacturer instructions on the packaging and work it into the hot water until it has dissolved. Hint, use a little baby wash or gentle soap to help the lanolin emulsify and dissolve in the water.
- Add enough cool water to cover the soaker and bring water down to a warm room temperature,
- With soaker still inside out, submerge it in the cloudy lanolin water and gently squeeze the fibres to work the water and lanolin through,
- Leave it to soak for a minimum of 20 minutes or overnight if possible,
- Remove soaker from the water and gently squeeze the excess water out,
- Lay a clean, dry towel out flat and place soaker on top, roll the soaker up in the towel and gently squeeze it to remove as much extra water as you can,
- Place damp soaker flat in the shade to dry.
Once the lanolin is no longer working, ie. the cover is still a bit smelly after airing, or it gets soiled. Just give it another wash and lanolin bath. With full time use washing and re-lanolising should generally only be needed after a couple of weeks.