Hemp is a sensitive fabric and care does need to be taken when washing and drying.
The more care you take, the longer your nappies will retain their shape and last.
1. Storing dirty nappies:
- Get yourself a nappy bucket. I got mine at baby city. One with holes works well. Even a laundry basket.
- Simply throw the dirty nappies in.
- Dunk and flush poo nappies in the loo before they go in to the bucket.
- Remember to give night nappies a good rinse in hot tap water before throwing in the bucket.
- Does the bucket smell? No, it shouldn`t. You can add some drops of lavender or tea tree to a tissue or cloth wipe and toss that in if you like. If you have a strong ammonia smell you need to re look at your washing routine. See below for some help.
- Please do not leave dirty nappies in a bucket for longer then 3-4 days. Mould can become an issue.
2. Washing hemp nappies:
- Check HERE for the correct amount of detergent.
- Use the cotton cycle. Main wash.
- Throw in a few towels with a emptier load. Nappies need agitation to get clean. Do not fill the machine completely. Aim for 3/4 full.
- No fabric softer, as it renders the hemp less absorbent.
- Cold wash your hemp nappies. Max 30`C.
PLEASE HAND RINSE ALL NAPPIES BEFORE WASHING OR ADD A PRE RINSE CYCLE TO YOUR WASHING MACHINE. If you do not do this you will be washing you nappies in pee water and you will end up with stink issues.
NIGHT nappies must be rinsed IMMEDIATLY off the bum in the morning before storing/washing.
- New hemp coloured nappies might run if you wash on hot.
- Do not mix your white or light coloured nappies with NEW hemp nappies when washing.Treat them like white clothes. Wash separately initially for a few washes with some towels just in case.
- Pokkelokkie`s hemp nappies are partially prepped meaning they do NOT need to be pre washed and can go OTB (on the bum) immediately. Please do not boil hemp in an attempt to prep.
- Hemp reaches maximum absorbency after 8 - 10 washes so just start using the nappies.
- Tumble dry hemp nappies on low only. I suggest line drying overnight and then tumble dry if needed.
3. Drying flats:
- Flats do not always remain a perfect square. But they should not change shape to the extent that you cannot use them. Take care of them and you shouldnt have any problems.
- Fold OVER the line and do not hang by the corners as this will cause it to stretch.
- Do not "shake out" the flat (to uncurl the edges) when wet before folding over the line.This will stretch it.Gently uncurl the edges as you fold it over the line
- Shake the flat out once it is dry to uncurl edges.
4. Tips to soften hemp:
- Pop them (already dry) in the tumble drier for 10 minutes.
- Give them a hot iron if you do not have a drier.
- Add one cup of vinegar to a normal wash in the sta soft drawer now and then as a softner.
5. Fleece covers
- Wash either with nappies OR clothes.
- Rotate 3 - 4 covers a day and air the one on the window between changes. Pop the cover in the wash when it starts to smell a bit.
Avoid clipping baby grows TIGHTLY over the crotch area of the cover. This may pull moisture through onto clothes. Boost you nappy if this happens.
6. PUL covers
- PUL is sensitive to hot temperatures.Please cold wash.Max 30`c in the machine.
- Wipe down between changes and air dry one on the window. Rotate 3 - 4 a day.
- Do not soak in water, as this can reduce the life of the elastics.
7. Stinky nappies?
If you start to smell a strong ammonia smell the minute baby wees in the clean nappy then you may have ammonia build up. This can be caused by an incorrect washing routine.
1. Check you are using the correct amount of detergent here and a recommended detergent. Soap nuts are not recommended.
2. Are you using the cotton/fuzzy cycle- long wash ?
3. Is your machine load full enough? Is it too full? Aim for 3/4 full.
4.Are you rinsing your nappies well enough before they are washed? This is KEY!
5. Are the nappies preloved? Were they stripped? If not they need a strip.See below.
Please e mail me if you are stuck.
You may need to strip if your nappies become smelly.
1. Wash your nappies. You must only strip CLEAN nappies.
2. Dissolve half a cup of bleach (Biobleach works well) to 1 litre water in a jug. Fill the bath with cold tap water enough to cover the nappies. Add the bleach and mix. If only stripping a few nappies then do this in a small bucket and use 1 - 2 tBlsp bleach only.
4. Put your nappies in the bath/basin and mix well. Soak for 30 mins.
5. Wash in the machine at 30 degrees.
8. Wool covers
- Wool covers are designed to work as a team with a hemp flat, prefold or hemp fitted nappy underneath.
- What you use underneath your wool cover is the foundation for the successful use of your wool cover.
Washing wool covers :
- Wash and lanolise (see below how to lanolise) every 2 weeks for the first 3 times.
- Therafter wash and lanolise once a month (unless pooped on then just handwash).
- If your woolie is dirty before the initial 2 weeks or at any point - just wash in warm water with a squirt of Woolite.
- Use Woolite (bought locally in shops) hand washing soap or a baby liquid soap - hand wash only. Be gentle. Dry flat on a towel outside in the shade.
Troubleshooting a damp cover/leaks:
Wool is not 100% waterproof like plastic it is a natural fibre and absorbs 30% of moisture that comes in contact with it and it slowly evaporates. If your cover leaks, it is possible that you are not using an absorbent enough nappy. BOOST. Add a hemp booster or a padfolded flat to the nappy. If a wool cover that you have been using successfully begins to leak, that could indicate that it is time to re-lanolize your wool.
How to lanolize :
Ingredients needed : Lanolin and baby liquid wash or wool wash.
1. Mix 10g lanolin (a teaspoon) (for 1 cover) with 50ml hot water in a small bottle so it dissolves in a small bottle (add half a tsp, per extra cover). Add a squirt of wool wash or baby liquid soap and mix. Shake to mix through. It should now be a milky suspension.
2. In the sink or a large plastic mixing bowl, add enough warm water to cover the wool soaker(s).
3. Add your lanolin mixture and mix.
4. Turn your wool cover inside out. Add the cover(s) to the bowl and swish it around gently. Gently press the wool fibres to ensure the mixture soaks through.Soak for 30 minutes.
5. Double over a towel on table. Take out the cover and gently press the water out with your fingers. BE GENTLE. Lay the cover on the towel and place another towel over it. Gently press to get some more water out.
6. Leave the cover (lying flat on the towel) until its fully dry , outside in the shade (not in direct sunlight) (this can take a few days). Do not hang!