Washing & Care
Caring for your Bare Cub cloth nappies is similar to caring for many others on the market: most rules for washing your cloth nappies are universal. It is also a matter of individual preference.
Below is a guide to what we recommend you do - with a few rules of what not to do. Overtime you will develop your own way and work out what works for your child.
There are many options for preparing your cloth nappies for first use. It's very important that your nappies have been thoroughly washed before they are worn for the first time.
Your fabrics will become more absorbent over their first few washes. To maximise the absorbency you should prepare your nappies. Firstly, put the two bamboo fleece inserts in the laundry tub, or a bucket of hot water from the tap. Soak them overnight. Then in the morning, wash the inserts and covers on a normal wash cycle with a rinse. The cycle temperature should be 30-40 degrees (max 60 for inserts only). Use a full dose of detergent as specified on the detergent instructions.
If you choose not to soak overnight, that is fine. It will take a few washes for your nappies to reach their most absorbent state, but they are still very useable after their first wash. Just keep in mind that they may not last as long on your child for their first few uses.
Hang your nappies in the sun, and wait for them to dry.
1. Wash your cloth nappies on a cycle of 30-40 degrees, inserts only can go up to 60 degrees if required, with the recommended amount of detergent. Ensure your detergent does not have softeners or bleaching agents. Be sure to follow the instructions on your detergent. Use a full dose and the recommended temperature wash for your detergent.
2. Do a rinse at the end to help remove any extra detergent or leftover waste still in your nappies.
3. Hang your nappies in the sun.
4. Do not leave nappies longer than 48 hours before completing a full wash on them. Nappies left soiled longer than 48 hours will not be covered under warranty for signs of deterioration. If your nappies do not look clean or develop smells we recommend changing your detergent, washing on a warm cycle, using more detergent and ensuring there is enough water being used in the cycle. Many front loaders do not add enough water to the cycle. Be aware that nappies showing signs of stains and poor wash will not be covered by warranty as this is considered inadequate care.
Using the Dryer
Don't put your covers in the dryer
Depending on where you live, or the inevitable wet and cold of winter, you may need to use a dryer for your inserts. Although, we recommend you avoid it as much as possible.
if you must use the dryer make sure you take the following into account.
Inserts can go into the dryer, even on a hotter setting. You may even want to throw your inserts in for ten minutes after a day of drying to make sure they are really as dry as possible.
Nappy covers/shells should not be placed in the dryer. This will void your warranty
Extend the life of your Bare Cubs
What can you do to extend the life of your nappies?
1. Rinse nappies immediately after use to dilute the urine in them. Your child's wee will eat at the fabric and elastics, overtime eroding your fabrics.
2. Do not wash them on hot or put the shells in the dryer. Heat will erode the elastics and effect the waterproofing on your nappy shell. Putting them in the dryer also puts extra strain on the nappies as they are pulled at and tossed around. once again stretching your elastics. (N.B you can put your inserts in the dryer, see above)
3. Have a larger collection. More nappies shares the wear and tear. Washing them less often will make your stash of nappies last longer as a whole. Consider if you had a t-shirt or a pair of pants you wore and washed every second day for two years. thats 365 times through the wash and thousands of hours sitting in the sun to dry. It would be in a terrible state after two years. Reducing the number of washes by 1/3 or 1/2 will mean your nappies will stay looking great for longer and are more likely to last out to toilet training.
4. Follow our washing instructions. The wrong process of cleaning the nappies has the potential to drastically reduce their useful life. The washing process can add a lot of wear to nappies
What to avoid
Never use bleachDo not soak your cloth nappies after their initial use, ongoing soaking reduces their lifeDo not use fabric softener, it will make your nappies work less effectivelyDo not use zinc based creams without a nappy liner. Creams will block the fabric and reduce absorbency.
Alternatively, there are lots of options on the market for creams that will easily wash out of your nappies.
IMPORTANT: Washing your AppleCheeks covers with other covers with velcro fasteners may cause snagging and fraying of the overlocked edges of your diaper.
There is no one brand of detergent that will work for all families and all situations, but here are some general guidelines to help you pick the best detergent for you:
Do not use any detergent that contains fabric softeners or natural oils. This will coat the fibers of the diaper and cause repelling.Make sure you’re choosing a detergent that contains enough surfactants to get your diapers clean. Remember that diapers are heavily soiled items with multiple layers of fabric. The detergent should not contain sodium percarbonate or bleach.Know your baby: Are they sensitive to scented products? Do they react to certain ingredients? And avoid Detergents that contain enzymes as they can leave rashes on baby’s skin.
For a list of detergents reviewed by moms, please click here:
Important! Before your first use of your diapers:All diapering products should be prewashed at least once prior to use. Bamboo inserts should be washed three times on hot and dried once on hot to ensure optimal absorbency.Diaper CareStorage Between Washes
Soiled diapers should be stored in a water-resistant, odour-proof AppleCheeksTM Storage Sac between uses. Removing solid feces prior to placing soiled diaper in the Storage Sac is highly recommended. DO NOT RINSE DIAPER OR IMMERSE IN WATER prior to storage.
Water, as you know, eats away at EVERYTHING over time. Though we feel we have found the materials that are most resilient for the assigned purpose while at the same time being environmentally respectable and also soft and attractive, the fact is that the longer that PUL and elastic sit wet, the faster they will wear out, plain and simple.
The best way to preserve your diapers between washes is to keep them as dry as possible between washes, and to follow the rest of our care instructions.
We do have a beautifully soft and biodegradable flushable liner that is amazing for removing poop from diaper. Granted, it is a disposable product and a lot of you would say that this defeats the purpose of a reusable product, however, in the long term you will diapers that last and don’t need replacing as often.
Prior to Washing
After making sure that all solids have been emptied into the toilet run a cold pre-rinse or small cold wash in the machine. Breast milk only feces do not need to be removed from the diapers prior to washing as they are water soluble. To facilitate the removal of any solids, we suggest AppleCheeksTM Disposable Diaper Liners.
Run the heavy-duty/full wash cycle with hot water (60°C) and the manufacturer’s recommended amount of a residue-free, scent-free, softener-free, glycerin-free detergent on the double rinse option. If you use a top loader or a front loader, continue to use the manufacturers recommended amount of detergent. Do not use bleach on any AppleCheeksTM products and the detergent should not contain sodium percarbonate (the active ingredient in many oxygenated bleaches). Please use a ZERO-RESIDUE detergent. Detergent residue will lead to leaking, absorbency issues and stinky wraps. Please note that an extra rinse increases the life of the PUL dramatically.Please avoid the following your wash cycle, as they can lead to delamination of your PUL:
Fabric softenersNatural oilsPerfumesDyesUV brightenersStain guard ingredientsEnzymes (can cause rashes on some babies’ skin)Please be cautious about using vinegar and/or baking soda, as they can together or individually cause delaminationDrying
We recommend hanging your AppleCheeksTM covers and Storage Sacs to dry whenever possible as this will extend the life of your covers. Covers and Storage Sacs can be machine dried as well. The maximum suggested temperature is 50 degree C / 130 degree F. The best way to dry is at ‘delicate setting’ and then with air only (no heat). Inserts can be machine-dried on medium or hung to dry. Note that if you choose to hang your inserts to dry, a quick spin in the dryer while they are just a little bit damp will lead to softer, fluffier inserts.
We recommend not hanging your covers over a radiator or any other dry heat source as this will prematurely dry out your elastics, can lead to melted laminate, and shorten the life of your covers. Avoid contact with all bleaches and fabric softeners in any form. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight (covers only) and on high UV days. We recommend only line drying before 10am and after 4pm on sunny, summer days, and never in direct sunlight as this can lead to drying of the urethane laminate and cracking. Never use a fabric softener of any sort on your diapers as this will cause your diapers to repel all liquids and decrease absorption capacity. Avoid using dryer sheets in your laundry in general.
To store your covers between babies, vaccuum pack in a dark, climate-controlled environment, away from any heat source. This will not guarantee survival of elastics, however, the elastics can easily be replaced in our diapers.
Litte lovebum nappies come with an instruction card on how to wash and care for them.
Wash your muslin before its 1st use
Wash with like colours
Use only chlorine-free bleach if necessary
You can tumble dry your muslin on low heat
Do not ever iron or dry clean your muslin
Do not use fabric softener on your muslin
Washing your cloth nappies is really simple and straightforward, not too messy either. Follow our simple steps to get these beauts back on your little one’s bums. Wash nappy before first use, and of course between uses.
Remove any solids from reusable liners and/or nappies.Remove disposable liners and put them in the BIN (most disposable liners are NOT flushable, please check with the brand).Place in your storage bucket or nappy pail bag (we recommend lining your bucket with a mesh laundry bag) until you are ready to wash.
Place your mesh bag in the washing machine.Run a cold rinse cycle.Wash at 40°C using non-bio powder (as per washing guidelines on the pack). Do not use fabric conditioner.We do not recommend washing our nappies frequently at 60 degrees, to protect the longevity of the PUL and our planet. However, if you feel the need to wash at 60 (i.e. if your baby has been unwell), you should do this on a delicate wash.
We recommend air drying, as it’s more environmentally friendly. However, you can tumble dry on low when necessary.
Use a nappy bucket to store your used nappies before washing. There is no need to soak your nappies, simply store them dry in your nappy bucket until you are ready to wash. When washing day arrives, lift the laundry bag out of the bucket and transfer into the washing machine. Nappies will wash within the laundry bag so there is no need to handle dirty nappies.
It is important that you wash all Bambino Mio products in accordance with the washing instructions on the individual garment label. You must remove any excess soiling before washing your nappies. We recommend washing your nappies up to 60°C (we recommend 40°C) using the recommended amount of non-biological washing detergent. Do not use fabric softener when washing as this can affect the absorbency of your nappies. Please note that bright colours may fade over time.
We recommend adding 2 heaped tablespoons of miofresh natural laundry cleanser to your washing detergent drawer. This will help freshen and deodorise your nappies whilst washing.
To get the best out of your nappies we recommend washing regularly at 40°C with 2 heaped tablespoons of miofresh natural laundry cleanser and air drying them. Washing regularly at higher temperatures and frequent tumble drying can result in premature deterioration of your nappies.
Where possible, we recommend air drying your nappies away from direct heat. Your nappies may be tumble dried on a low/cold setting. However, continuous tumble drying and contact with direct heat may cause your nappies to prematurely deteriorate and can reduce the performance of your nappies. To reduce tumble drying time, add reusable dryer balls to your dryer to reduce drying time. Do not iron your nappies. Remember, if you are using the miosolo all-in-one nappy to pull out the absorbent core from inside the nappy as this will help your nappy dry quicker!
Buttons Diapers nappies and accessories come with an instruction card on how to wash and care for them.
Pèpi collection nappies and accessories come with an instruction card on how to wash and care for them.
Wipe clean only with a damp cloth
Wipe away any excess moisture and leave to air dry (avoid direct sunlight)
Wash your pads before their 1st use. Bamboo products need 2-3 washes to reach full absorbency.
Wash with like colours, please do not thumble dry any of our products, as it can damage the bamboo fabric.
Do not use fabric softener on your pads, as it can temper with their absorbency. Wash on 40degrees for best results, you can add them to your regular clothing wash in a protective washing bag.
Wipe clean with a damp cloth, or wash them with warm soapy water, and rinse well.