Care instructions :
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. I wash every 2 days or so.
I dunk and flush poo nappies in the loo off before they go.
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:
3. Drying flats:
4. Tip to soften hemp:
5. Fleece covers
6. PUL covers
PUL is sensitive to hot temperatures.Please cold wash.
You can wipe them down between changes and after a day of use I hand wash mine with some sunlight in the basin and hang on the line.
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.
2. Is your machine load full enough? Is it too full? Aim for 3/4 full.
3.Are you rinsing your nappies before they are washed? This is KEY!
4. 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 (Jik 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 and mix well. Soak for 30 mins.
5. Wash in the machine at 30 degrees.
8. Wool covers
Your wool cover has been lanolised 2 times meaning it can have a slightly oily feel but is waterproof.This will reduce with time. Just use it.
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.
If your cover seems to be wet and 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.
The covers do not need to be washed after every use. Just allow the cover to air dry in between uses. If you notice the cover is not as leak proof as before, it is time to lanolize. I find you need to lanolize about once a month.
How to lanolize :
Ingredients needed : Lanolin and baby soap or wool wash.
1. Mix 10g lanolin (per cover) with 50ml hot water so it dissolves in a small bowl. I use a fork to mix it. Add a squirt of wool wash and mix. It should now be a milky suspension.
2. In the sink or a large plastic mixing bowl... add enough luke warm water to cover the wool soaker.
3. Add your lanolin mixture and mix.
4. Turn your wool cover inside out. Add the cover to the bowl of water and lanolin 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 to dry (lying flat on the towel ) outside in the shade (not in direct sunlight) for a few days. Do not hang!