Kingfisher Interview Cloth Nappies Part 3- Cleaning

Kingfisher Interview Cloth Nappies Part 3- Cleaning

In February 2017, I was blessed to be asked by Lize-Mari Arthur from Kingfisher FM to take part in her “God’s Design” series. This would enable me to help educate people about Modern cloth and all the ins and outs. This blog is one I wrote for the series. At the end you will find links to the Facebook live videos and podcasts off the Kingfisher FM Facebook page and website. Enjoy Part 3!

In February 2017, I was blessed to be asked by Lize-Mari Arthur from Kingfisher FM to take part in her “God’s Design” series. This would enable me to help educate people about Modern cloth and all the ins and outs. This blog is one I wrote for the series. At the end you will find links to the Facebook live videos and podcasts off the Kingfisher FM Facebook page and website. Enjoy Part 3!

Hello everyone,

The first thing that came to mind when I first heard of cloth… was poo and smells. The second thing was steri nappy solution and having to stick my hands into a dirty bucket. Washing and caring for modern cloth diapers is NOTHING like that. It is very easy.

  1. You take off the diaper.
  2. If it is a wee… throw it in a dry bucket. Very NB that it is dry… no soaking modern cloth diapers. This can be a bucket or laundry hamper or even just place them straight in the machine. As long as the bucket is open to air, the nappies will not leave a huge stink.
  3. If your baby is exclusively breast milk feeding, you can simply add the poo nappies to the wee nappies because breast milk dissolves. If the diaper has a formula or solids poo in it… you flick, swish or spray it into the loo and drop the nappy into the dry bucket.
  4. Place all the diapers in the machine.
  5. Do a rinse cycle to rinse out urine and breast milk poo.
  6. You can now add clothes or towels to fill up the load and create enough agitation to wash the diapers, then do a long wash cycle.
  7. After the normal wash cycle you could need to do an extra rinse depending of the type of washing soap you are using. Sunlight gel does need an extra rinse to be totally removed.
  8. For stains… either place in the sun or use boerseep or sunlight bar soap.
  9. You can tumble dry your nappies on LOW heat. High heat can over time damage the waterproof layer of your nappies.

To save water, you can use the bath water from your baby (if you use organic baby products) to hand rinse your nappies daily. This means you will be able to skip your rinse cycle in the machine.

Why do we not soak? Modern cloth nappies are made of natural fibres that can degrade over time if you soak. In addition, the elastics on the legs and waist of the nappies can also degrade with soaking. To preserve your nappies either for multiple children or for resale purposes… please do not soak.

What type of washing powders can you use on modern cloth diapers? You can use any store bought washing detergent provided it has no fabric softener in. The fabric softener builds up in the pores between the fabric and reduces the absorbency of the nappy by preventing urine from being stored in those pores. If you use organic washing detergent, you can use the water out the machine to water your garden.

To save money, a lot of cloth moms use sunlight gel. It is extremely cost effective and not as harsh as some of the detergents.

How to make sunlight gel.

  1. Grate a 250g bar of sunlight laundry soap.
  2. Pour 2 litres of boiling water over it and stir to dissolve the soap.
  3. As an optional extra scent addition, you could add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or a few drops of essential oils.
  4. Once the soap has dissolved, leave for a few hours to set.
  5. Once it has set, squish the gel with your hands or a hand blender to break it up and give it a gel-like texture.
  6. For a 7kg front loader, you can use half a cup for regular laundry and three quarters of a cup for nappies. If you have a top loader or larger machine then you would need to use more.

Does it take more time to use cloth nappies vs disposables?

I wash an extra one full load per week using cloth nappies. This load is separated out over three wash days and the nappies are washed with clothes. The machine does the washing so that part does not cost me time. Hanging the nappies up to dry and putting them back together does take some time but in my view its time well spent. It is akin to moms that puree their own baby food, that also takes time but the reward is giving your baby a natural product and you know what has gone into it. You can save time by tumble drying your nappies but of course that comes with extra electricity costs.

Its as easy as that 🙂

What's this effective and cost-affective Sunlight Gel that Stacey from Smart Bums is talking about. Watch this!

Posted by Kingfisher FM on Monday, 20 February 2017



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