How to Care for your Butternut Baby Nappies
Caring for your BUTTERNUT BABY nappies
These are not RULES- You are a grown up and can decide what works best for you, but below are our suggestions, recommendations and things to consider.
THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS
REMOVING SOLIDS (Dealing with Poo)
Regardless of which “storage” methods you choose, we highly recommend removing the solid matter immediately after changing whenever possible.....for obvious reasons (dealing with it fresh is far less unpleasant/there is less time for the Nappy to absorb stains and smells etc)
LINERS-these are optional and come in several varieties BUT definitely not a necessity.
- Disposable- flush-able. There are some liners marketed as "flush-able", BUT the council and any plumber will tell you they should NOT be flushed and should instead be treated same as the non flush-able kind below.
- Disposable - NON FLUSH-ABLE- these are often marketed as being “compost able”, while at the same time they are “NOT recommended for household compost!” Due to issues of contamination by human waste in compost!- so it seems to us that this option is not an option at all! You still have to remove the solids in to the toilet, then put the “liner” in the bin, ensuring it is well wrapped and sealed to control the smell!
- Reusable- these are a single layer fabric liner. (Some people make their own). These will be washed together with the nappies and re-used. The point being to keep a good portion of the “mess” off the nappy itself-making it easier to remove and flush (depending on consistency)
- Generally the waste can be simply tipped in to the toilet - stretching the Nappy helps if it’s wanting to “hang on”. If the waste is really stubborn, you can use a plastic (kept for this purpose only) spatula or scrubber. A quick rinse of any residue and ring out before putting in the pail/basket reduces the likelihood of stains.
While some people hold the Nappy in the toilet and flush- using the flushing action to clean and rinse the Nappy, be aware that you do this at your own risk! - If you fail to hold the nappy firmly you may be up for a plumber’s call out!
STORAGE OF USED NAPPIES WHILE AWAITING WASHING
The next decision is what you will do with your nappies while they await washing. We suggest you try different options to decide what works best for you!
- Dry Pailing (open air) – This is our recommended method and works on the principle that an open air environment with plenty of oxygen is less likely to grow bacteria and smell. It is also better for your nappies. For this you need a plastic or coated metal basket in your laundry. (Ideally you want more holes than solid area – the more airflow the better). Hang the separated parts of the nappies on the sides of the basket at first to allow them to at least partially air dry, moving them to the bottom of the basket as you add new nappies to the sides of the basket.
Dry Pails should not smell. If you find that they are, there are some great Facebook pages that explain the science and are really helpful for trouble shooting.
- Dry Bucket or Bag- being the exact opposite of the above. Simply place the used, rinsed nappies in a sealed bucket or watertight bag to await washing. This WILL smell when you open it, and lack of oxygen makes it a more bacteria friendly environment so needs to be at least pre-washed daily, but if you do not have a suitable place to keep an open air system, then this is the next best option
- Wet Pail- is exactly as it sounds. A nappy bucket with water in it to soak the nappies while they wait. Yes this is what our mothers did, BUT you need to be aware that
- the nappies they used were different and
- products available for soaking were different (meaning modern soaking products do not have the ingredients to inhibit bacterial growth as the older products did)
- our washing machines now are so much better
Wet pail is a hazard for small children and so must have secure fitted lid. It is also far more awkward to transfer from bucket to machine.
Whichever solution you choose, we suggest that you remove any inserts/boosters immediately and process separately. It is easier and better to wash the parts separated.
WHEN TO WASH:
How often? Again, this is up to you, although you should keep in mind that urine if left too long the fabric of your nappies will degrade, and stains will become set. As a general rule, washing every second day is pretty standard, although this will depend on how many babies you have in nappies and how many nappies you own! Your washing routine requires pre-wash and main wash. Many people chose to pre-wash daily and then do full wash every 2 or 3 days if you are not using enough nappies to make up your load all at once
HOW TO WASH
Washing itself is super simple!
- Pre-wash to remove the worst of the soiling – stop ammonia production and ensure your main wash begins with clean water.
- Main wash to get your nappies clean and fresh
- Tip nappies straight in to the washing machine and run through a short, warm (40 degrees) wash cycle, with ½ dose of washing powder. It is important to use a cycle that includes at least 1 rinse rinse cycle. Spin well
- You can now either continue straight to main wash, or drypail the nappies for up to another 2 days until you have enough to make up your main load.
- For this you should use the longest cycle your machine has, and ideally at 60 degrees but at least 40 (this is often called “cotton” or “heavy duty” cycle)
The important things to remember are:
- Don’t overfill the machine, or use an “eco water” setting. For best results it is important to have the water level matched to the level of the load. An important part of the washing is the nappies knocking against each other and the water being able to move. Too much water and the nappies will float around on their own and not rub against each other enough – too little and the nappies will jam together and not move enough.
- It is ok to add other items of laundry to this wash, but only things that are similar size (baby clothes, underwear, flannels for example are ok - but not towels and sheets as they will wrap the nappies and reduce the effectiveness of the wash)
- Use the correct amount of detergent for the size of your load! (You don’t need special detergent, just use what you use for your household wash and follow the manufacturers recommended quantity for “heavily soiled”). It’s important to use sufficient to clean your nappies, but equally important not to use so much that a residue remains in the nappy to cause skin rashes or reduce the absorbency of your nappies.
for any stubborn marks that you think might stain, you can give a quick rub with a bar of “SARDS” or “sunlight” soap or even hand soap, either before you put them in the bucket/basket or as you load them in to the machine.
- It is up to you (and the weather and where you live) if you prefer to hang or tumble BUT NOTE
- Note that the outer nappies should be tumbled only on a cool setting to protect the waterproofing and elastic.
- The boosters can be tumble dried on a normal setting.
- Similarly the waterproofing can be damaged by too much direct sunlight, so recommend hanging in shade if possible.
If you have any concerns or questions about the care of your nappies, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help!