HOW TO WASH REUSABLE NAPPIES
This guide provides care and washing instructions to keep your Peachi Baby reusable nappies clean and in the best condition.
PRE-WASH (for brand new reusable nappies)
Unsnap all poppers and put the nappies on a short rinse cycle with a small amount of good quality detergent. Once dry, they are ready for use but inserts will improve in absorbency, wash after wash.
WASH ROUTINE BASICS (for dirty reusable nappies)
WASH ROUTINE IN DETAIL
PREP - Place any solids in the toilet and give shells and inserts a quick rinse under a tap to dilute the residue. Carefully unsnap all of the snaps (poppers).
DRY PAIL - Store nappies in a dry pail between washes. This will prolong the lifespan of fabrics, limit smells and help to avoid any nasty build-ups. Do not leave longer than 2-3 days.
SHORT WASH - Once you have a full load ready to wash, run a short cycle with a half amount of detergent.
Drain the dirty water away before the main wash.
MAIN WASH - (with machine drum about 3/4 full) - Wash nappies using the full recommended dose of a good quality detergent (without fabric softeners or bleaches). Make sure you check the box as often the recommended dose is more than you would think! And you may need double the dose for some plant-based detergents.
Run a long cycle (40 degrees) to get the nappies thoroughly clean. If you want to wash the inserts at 60 degrees occasionally you can, but nappy shells are to be washed at no higher than 40 degrees to keep them in the best condition.
At the end of the cycle give the inserts a good stretch out whilst they're still wet.
DRY - AIR or LOW ONLY Tumble Dry for shells - Use caution if tumble drying shells, as high temperatures can delaminate the waterproof outer and void your warranty. Line drying is recommended for the shells, draped over the line fleece-side up, rather than hung vertically (to save the elastics).
Inserts can be dried at any temperature and are less ridged after a tumble dry.
Do not soak. Do not bleach.
Do not exceed spin speed of 800RPM when washing shells as this is bad for the elastics.
Do not run nappy shells through a hot wash over 40 degrees as this can damage the PUL waterproof layer and will void your warranty.
Inserts are expected to shrink a bit (approx 10%) due to the high natural fibre content - extra fabric has been factored into the pattern to account for this. Giving them a good stretch after washing / drying will help flatten them out.
if there's still suds at the end of the main cycle, run a rinse cycle or two until suds have gone and reduce your detergent slightly next time you do a main wash to avoid detergent build-up.
With a good wash routine you shouldn't get many stains. But putting nappies out in the sunshine can help to get rid of any stubborn stains. When sunning nappy shells just make sure to face them fleecy liner side-up, as the sunlight may damage the PUL and void your warranty.
NAPPY CREAMS & SENSITIVE SKIN
Nappy creams will require a warm to hot wash to remove oil and zinc residue (these impact absorbency). We recommend using a liner.
If your baby has particularly sensitive skin, consider running an optional short, final rinse to ensure all detergents are washed away and switch to a sensitive or plant based laundry detergent.
Biological detergents work best and Ariel Bio would be our favourite. Fairy Non-Bio is a good non-bio option. Unfortunately Ecover is generally not recommended as it doesn't provide a thorough enough clean.
Generally we recommend powders over liquid detergents.
In any case, detergent choice is your decision as you know what's best for your baby.
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