Washable nappies - how do you wash?

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Washable nappies - how do you wash?

Post: #168685 lovelygreenleaves
Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:00 am

I'm sorry if this post has already been done! How do you all wash your nappies? What temperature and do you wash them with other things? :flower:

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Post: #168693 Mr and Mrs luvpie
Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:55 pm

we wash ours on 40oC wash, normally on a quick wash and use half an egg cup of soda crystals, half of washing powder.

Seems to get them as clean as anything and prevents any build up of soap in them, if they are very dirty then it goes on a full rather than quick wash, we also normally wash them seperately, but that is purely logistic, they are stored in a big bin in the garden, when the bin is full that actually equates to a full washing load, but have no issues with throwing them in with the other clothes, with the exception of mrluvpies work shirts, but thats because they are the only things washed with only washing powder as they need to be kept white rather than greyish, if you see what I mean!

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Post: #168704 Penny Lane
Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:32 pm

40oC wash here too with own brand powder.

I hand rinse out the poopy ones first, I don't know if it's just my machine but if you leave the smallest amount of poop it seems to go all 'bitty' and sticks to all the nappies!
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Post: #171041 mrsflibble
Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:07 pm

yep, 40 eg wash, own brand powder, a mixture of white vinegar, water and essential oil in the conditioner compartment (good for towels too as it softens but doesn't mess up their absorbancy) and generally chucked in the dryer because i didnt have enough to wait for them to dry on the line.
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Post: #171046 Annpan
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:29 pm

I do 60ºC with own brand powder. I personally wouldn't wash them at a lower temp, and I do them on their own, with our wee wipes.
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Re: Washable nappies - how do you wash?

Post: #171049 lovelygreenleaves
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:46 pm

Annpan wrote:I do 60ºC with own brand powder. I personally wouldn't wash them at a lower temp, and I do them on their own, with our wee wipes.


I wondered about that, because I (perhaps mistakenly) think that 60 is better at killing nasties. I'd like to know whether it's really necessary though!

Also, I use a homemade washing liquid for clothes, it's perfectly fine for clothes, white towels etc, but is there any reason I should use something else for nappies?

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Post: #171221 MrsD'ville mkII
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:26 pm

Hello,

I wash separately, unless I just have a wet (rather than dirty) load and happen to have some rags or bath towels that need washing. I probably wouldn't wash naps with things like hand towels, napkins, wiping/washing up cloths, tea towels, that sort of thing. Probably unnecessary but it's just a hygiene thing. Usually though I just wash separately as it fits my groove :wink: I wash all naps at 60, and use the 'intensive stains' measure for dirty nappies. I also do two extra rinses afterwards to avoid detergent build-up.

After much faff-arsing about I have settled on using Bold 2-in-1. Between that and the rinsing I don't get that nasty nappy aroma in the drawer, and being clay-based it's good to skin and doesn't damage naps.

Edited to say i use the teensiest weensiest little dribble of washing liquid :drunken:
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Post: #172838 AnnaD
Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:59 pm

I do a 60 degree rinse followed by an intensive wash with Bio-D laundry liquid and their Nappy Powder stuff. It seems to work well for us, although they are starting to look less white than they used to. I'm not sure how to make them whiter without using mainstream laundry liquid. But they smell fresh so it's all good.

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Post: #172869 Mr and Mrs luvpie
Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:32 am

Annad, ours go grey through the winter, all they need is a lovely sunny day to get them looking bright again, normally, we loved it last spring when we could finally get them all out on the line again and really noticed the difference between the ones that had got out in th esun, and the ones that had only been dried indoors over winter.

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Re: Washable nappies - how do you wash?

Post: #172910 AnnaD
Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:51 pm

Mr and Mrs luvpie wrote:Annad, ours go grey through the winter, all they need is a lovely sunny day to get them looking bright again, normally, we loved it last spring when we could finally get them all out on the line again and really noticed the difference between the ones that had got out in th esun, and the ones that had only been dried indoors over winter.

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Excellent, that's good to hear. Ours are looking grey, so I'll make the most of any sunny weather :)

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Re: Washable nappies - how do you wash?

Post: #172926 MrsD'ville mkII
Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:04 pm

I've thought about this post a fair bit, and have now begun throwing wet nappies in with tea towels, rags etc. So far no-one's got the dreaded lurgy and it helps to reduce the loads of washing while keeping up the supply of clean nappies. Dirty nappies though, different matter!
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