Washing and Care Guide

Washing cloth nappies can seem a little daunting to start off with but once you get into the groove it will become a lot clearer. With a good wash routine your nappies will stay sparkling clean and last through multiple children.

If you are finding problems or having trouble with your wash routine please reach out to us, we would love to help!



Washing guide

Drypail - Storing dirty nappies before washing

Store dirty nappies in a basket with plenty of airflow until prewash, no need to rinse wee or BF poo. Discard any big solids and give a quick rinse/scrub.
  1. Wee nappies and BF poo nappies can go straight in basket
  2. Discard any solids and give a quick rinse/scrub if needed
  3. Store nappies for no longer than 1-2 days before prewashing
  4. If using night nappies store for 1 day max.

Prewash - first wash to get rid of soiling

A prewash is a first wash prior to the main wash. It gets rid of all the soiling so that nappies are not being washed in dirty water. Prewash within 1-2 days. After prewashing, store nappies in a clean drypail until the mainwash day.


  1. Short cycle from 30 - 60 mins
  2. Temp 40° to 60°
  3. Prewash every 1-2 days
  4. Prewash everyday if using night nappies
  5. Store prewashed nappies in dry pail to wait for main wash (no need to dry)

Mainwash - second wash for efficient cleaning

The mainwash is a long wash with all the prewashed nappies from the previous 2-3 days*. This is where the actual cleaning happens. 

- Choose a long cycle with good agitation such as Cotton for approx. 2.5 - 3.5 hrs
- Temp 40° - 60°
- Use the full recommended dose of detergent
- Make sure the machine is fully loaded (3/4 full when wet)
- Add other laundry items no larger than a hand towel if not full enough

* You can choose to prewash and mainwash back-to-back or prewash everyday for 2-3 days then mainwash. If you are using night nappies we recommend prewashing everyday. 


  1. Line dry in shade
  2. Inserts can be tumble dried on LOW to MED


Your nappies are now ready to be used again! 


Care recommendations

- If using plant based detergent consider using 1.5 - 2x the recommended dose
- Wool Covers need a different wash routine see here
- No bleach or softeners
- No soaking or wetpailing
- No vinegar or baking soda
- Don't stretch or pull elastics when warm
- Tumble dry on Low
- Line dry PUL items in shade


Manufacturers Guarantee

It is important to note that manufacturers recommendations can vary greatly and must be considered if you would like to be covered by the guarantee. 


Clean Cloth Nappies

We support the CCNDU washing recommendations. For more information see www.cleanclothnappies.com


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