Washing your Nappies

  • All solids into the toilet
  • store in a dry pail
  • rinse in cold or 30 degree water before washing
  • Wash cold or warm no hotter than 60 degrees. Washing on 60 should only take place seldom. (preserves your elastics)
  • Use any detergent that doesn’t contain softener
  • if you use soap ie sunlight gel add a rinse after the wash and rinse cycle
  • Line dry or tumble on low to preserve elastics, High heat can cause your elastics to relax fast.
  • Do Not Iron your nappies it will ruin the elastics, if need be you can iron prefolds, flats or your inserts.


Night Nappies

  • Rinse in warm water straight off the bum
  • in fresh warm water soak for 30 mins
  • wring out and add to your dry pail / basket



Night nappies are smelling strong. Wash on 60 with extra detergent and do a double rinse. if this keeps happening after the soak as above use fresh water with a little detergent and give them a wash by hand quickly before putting in the pail.

Nappies have a strong ammonia smell soon after putting them on. Not enough detergent in your wash cycle. Give them a good long wash on 60 degrees with more detergent. If not hot connection do them by hand. Warm water helps dissolve the built up urine crystals. Then increase your detergent for future washes.

I do not recommend bleach with your Poopsy nappies, it will fade cottons and cotton velour and may discolor the hemp. some people have bleached successfully with no fading. However I do think bio bleach is a safer option should you choose to bleach your nappies. Swim outers don’t fade like the cotton ones and PUL ones like the AIO may be bleached safely. The amount of bleach I use (this I have done very seldom and may still fade your nappies) is half a cup 125ml bleach to half a tub full or a full large wash load of water in my 13 kg about 80ltrs. I full all the water add the bleach let it start the wash then add the nappies (in a top loader) in a front loader add the nappies let it full and slowly add bleach diluted with 2 ltrs water through the detergent tray. Always use cold water when using bleach.


  • Liners can help prevent your nappies from staining! It also makes getting rid of poo easier, not to be underestimated. (fleece liners help with the clean up process)
  • Boerseep rubbed on the mark and left till washing day will help it come off
  • RINSE WELL – Even if you are using a liner get as much poo off the nappies as you can before putting them into the nappy bucket by sluicing i.e. holding in the flush of the toilet.  Or consider getting a nappy sprayer to make rinsing time super easy.
  • SUNLIGHT IS BEST – Line-dry whenever you can. Not only will sunlight bleach stains out of your nappies but the UV radiation will help kill bacteria too
  • If you continuously use nappy creams, I suggest that you wash your nappies in a warm / hot wash.  The fats and oils in the creams will build up over time and you need a warmer wash to get this out of the fabrics.  Cold washing will not get fat out of the nappies.
  • If you don’t have a hot wash, you can hot soak (60 degrees but check with manufacturer) using laundry powder to help break down the fat in the nappies.
  • IMPORTANT: Barrier creams, oils and bottom balms will coat the fibers in your nappy reducing their absorbency and will cause them to leak. When using a barrier cream you must always use a liner (best is double fleece) but this does not guarantee that your nappies will not suffer from a build up. If you notice your nappies begin to leak or liquid just runs across the top and does not get absorbed, you will need to strip the oils / fats out of the nappies.
  • Don’t use fabric softeners as this leaves a residue, which coats the fabric fibers and decreases the absorbency of the nappy.
  • Don’t use bleach or other harsh stain removers. They will shorten the lifespan of your nappies (especially the elastic) and will void your guarantee.
  • Don’t use Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar to wash bamboo nappies as it can dissolve the bamboo fibers. Whilst a lot of nappy websites recommend using them to sanitize and soften nappies they will drastically shorten their lifespan and render some guarantee’s void.


Smelly nappies http://www.thenappylady.co.nz/smelly-nappies.html

Stripping http://www.thenappylady.co.nz/strip-wash.html