Caring for your Bare Cub cloth nappies is similar to caring for many others on the market: most rules for washing your cloth nappies are universal.
Below is a guide to what we recommend you do – with a few rules of what not to do. Over time you will develop your own way and work out what works for your child.
There are many options for preparing your cloth nappies for first use. It's very important that your nappies have been thoroughly washed before they are worn for the first time to remove dressings and enable them to be absorbent.
Your fabrics will become more absorbent over their first 6-8 washes. To maximise the absorbency you can prepare your nappies. Firstly, put them in the laundry tub, or a bucket of hot water from the tap. Soak them overnight. Then in the morning, wash the nappies on a normal wash cycle with a rinse. Use a full dose of detergent as specified on the detergent instructions.
If you choose not to soak overnight, that is fine. It will take a few washes for your nappies reach their most absorbent, but they are still very useable after their first wash. Just keep in mind that they may not last as long on your child for their first few uses.
Hang your nappies in the sun and wait for them to dry.
- Nappies should be dry pailed in an open container available to light and air flow. Remove any soiling and rinse leftover solids from nappies.
- Pre-Wash your cloth nappies on a cycle of 30-40 (max 60) degrees with a half dose of detergent. Follow with a full intensive cycle with the recommended amount of a detergent (max 60 degrees). We recommend a good quality detergent (no soap flakes or similar). Eco detergents are not desirable as they are not as efficient at getting nappies clean. Be sure to follow the instructions on your detergent. Use a full dose for your machine and load size. If you find your nappies are not looking or smelling clean you may need to consider adding extra detergent.
- Hang nappies to dry. Avoid using the drier on covers.
- Do not leave nappies longer than 48 hours before completing a full wash on them. Nappies left longer than 48 hours will not be covered under warranty for signs of deterioration. This includes nappies that are prewashed and left. Nappies that are prewashed and stored should still be fully washed within 48 hours.
If your nappies do not look clean or develop smells we recommend considering the following:
- changing your detergent in particular if you are using an eco detergent.
- washing on a warm cycle rather then cold.
- using more detergent and ensuring there is enough water being used in the cycle. Many front loaders do not add enough water to the cycle.
Using the Dryer
Depending where you live, or the inevitable wet and cold of winter, you may need to use a dryer for your nappies. Although, we recommend you avoid it as much as possible.
If you must use the dryer make sure you take the following into account:
- Inserts: inserts can go into the dryer, even on a hotter setting (beware it may lead to excess shrinkage). You may even want to throw your nappies in for ten minutes after a day of drying to make sure they are really as dry as possible or to soften up the bamboo.
- Nappy Shells should not be placed in the drier. This will void your warranty.
What can you do to expand the life of your Bare Cubs?
Many parents ask how they can help their nappies last as long as possible. There are a few options to do this.
- Rinse nappies after use to dilute the urine in them. Your child's wee will eat at the fabric and elastics, overtime eroding your fabrics.
- Do not wash them on hot or put the shells in the dryer. Heat will erode the elastics and effect the waterproofing on your nappy shell. Putting them in the dryer is also extra strain on the nappies as they are pulled at and tossed around, once again stretching your elastics. (N.B. you can put your inserts in the dryer, see above.)
- Have a larger stash. More nappies shares the wear and tear. Washing them less often will make your stash of nappies last longer as a whole. Consider if you had a t-shirt or pair of pants you washed every second day for two years - that’s 365 times through the wash and thousands of hours sitting in the sun to dry. It would be in a terrible state after 2 years. Reducing the number of washes by 1/3 or 1/2 will mean your nappies will stay looking great for longer and are more likely to last out to toilet training.
- Follow our washing instructions. The wrong process of cleaning the nappies has the potential to drastically reduce the useful life of your nappies. The washing process can add a lot of wear to nappies.
What to Avoid
- Never use bleach. This will void your warranty.
- Do not soak your cloth nappies.
- Do not use fabric softener. Our nappies will stay lovely and soft without it, and it will make your nappies work less effectively.
- Do not use zinc based creams without a nappy liner. Creams will block the fabric and reduce its absorbency. A great cloth nappy safe cream is CJ's BUTTer. Alternatively, there are lots of options on the market for creams that will easily wash out of your nappies..
If you ever have any questions regarding the care of your modern cloth nappies, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org