When I started cloth diapering, the most intimidating part for me was getting my wash routine right. There seemed to be so many factors to consider, and I was anxious that I’d get it wrong—that my nappies would end up smelling.
Then I realised that there might seem to be a lot of ‘rules’ about it, but it only takes a few easy-to-remember tips to keep your reusables clean and smell-free.
Everyone has their own idea of how to wash cloth diapers, but if you follow or guide below, your nappies should stay in tip-top shape (and smell).
Quick-fire nappy-washing tips
Top loader vs front loader
Depending on if you’ve got a top loader or front loader, you might need to adjust your wash routine slightly. It’s best to wash between 30°C and 40°C, but if your machine doesn’t get/make warm water, you can increase the wash time to make up for this. We recommend using your machine’s longest cycle; 2–3 hours is best.
Above all else, remember that it’s just laundry. You know how to do it and you’ve got this!