Washing and caring for your cloth nappies is no different than washing any regular laundry!
How to Prep your Mother ease Nappies
It’s important to prewash your nappies once before using them. This ensures that any residues on the fabrics are washed away before touching your baby’s delicate skin.
How to Prep your Nappies in 5 Easy Steps
- Open your package and admire your new Mother ease cloth nappies.
- Add no more than 10-12 nappies to your washer & dryer in each initial wash. Remember to check your lint screen before each wash & dry.
- Set your washing machine to a full wash cycle with a large size load for 10-12 nappies (smaller if less diapers). Use only HOT water.
- Add your detergent – see detergent disclaimer.
- Line dry or machine dry the nappies on a medium heat setting.
Wash and Care Instructions
- Wet cloth nappies go directly into the nappy pail, no rinsing is necessary. Soiled cloth nappies are rinsed in the toilet, then put into the nappy pail.
- When the pail is full, dump the cloth nappies directly into the washing machine.
- Pre-rinse or do a short cycle with warm water and detergent. Use the detergent you use for the rest of your laundry (without bleach). Avoid the use of fabric softeners, or use just a small amount (overuse may result in reduced absorbency).
- Wash the cloth nappies in a full cycle, at highest water level, using HOT water, and your household detergent (without bleach). Bleach is very harsh against your baby’s skin and may damage the cloth nappy’s fibres and elastics.
- The washed nappies may either be line dried or dried in the dryer on Medium.
Soiled Nappy Covers
Hand or machine wash with your nappies using laundry detergent and tumble dry on low, or line dry. Close Rikki covers (hook and loop) before washing or drying and/or use a small mesh laundry bag.
Bedwetter Pants and Training Pants – turn inside out to expose cotton for laundering.
Swim Diapers – hand wash in warm water and line dry. Do not wrap wet swim diaper in towel. Garment may bleed colour.
Breathable Nappy Pail Meshes and Wet Bags – wash in hot water and detergent before use. Colour may bleed with blue and red mesh pail bags.
(A) Wet pail or Pre-soak system – best for reduced staining
- Place Mother ease Breathable Mesh Pail Bag into nappy pail, add water and a teaspoon of detergent* and fill to desired level. Place used nappies into pail and let soak (soiled nappies are first rinsed in toilet). When ready to launder the mesh bag may be lifted out of the pail and placed over/near a drain. Empty the remaining water from the pail into the toilet. When much of the water has drained from the bag, place bag back into pail and transport to washing machine. Be sure to open the bag so that the nappies can work their way out during the wash cycle.
- Run a pre-rinse or short cycle with warm water with ½ oz laundry detergent.
- Wash the nappies in a full cycle, at highest water level, using hot water (140°F / 60°C), and the manufacturers recommended amount of laundry detergent. Avoid bleach as it can be very harsh against your baby’s skin and will damage the nappy’s fibres and elastics. Use Kind Fabric Softener to restore softness if desired. Avoid the use of commercial fabric softeners. Overuse will result in reduced absorbency.
- Washed nappies may either be line dried or dried in the dryer on medium heat.
For both wet and dry pail systems wipe pail clean regularly with warm soapy water.
(B) Dry pail system – most convenient
- Place Mother ease Breathable Mesh Pail Bag into nappy pail, add used nappies (soiled diapers must be rinsed in toilet). When ready to launder lift the mesh bag out of pail and transport to laundry machine. Be sure to open the bag so that the nappies can work their way out during the wash cycle.
- Run a pre-rinse or a short cycle with warm water and ½ ounce of laundry detergent.
- and 4. Follow Mother ease washing and drying instructions above.
For both wet and dry pail systems wipe pail clean regularly with warm soapy water.
Mother ease recommends the use of commercially available detergents made for hot water use such as Tide or Ivory Snow. Eco detergents: KIND Laundry Detergent or Green Works by Clorox. Nappies should be washed in water hot enough to kill bacteria: 140°F or 60°C
Helpful Notes and Hints
Waterproof Covers – Use over cloth nappies to prevent leakage. Can usually be used 3 to 4 times before washing, provided they aren’t soiled.
How to Prevent Odors and Staining with the Dry Pail System – Important: to avoid odours from setting into fabrics when using Dry Pail Method, do not leave nappies sitting in a closed pail for days at a time. Nappies should be able to breathe. Use a vented nappy pail and a breathable mesh pail liner to encourage air circulation. At the end of each day used nappy stored without pre-soaking should be run through a rinse and spin or equivalent machine cycle. Rinsed nappies can be returned to the pail or ideally spread/hung to dry. Remember set odours are difficult to remove.
Nappy Stains – Rinse soiled nappies promptly in the toilet using a nappy sprayer to minimize stains. Flushable Nappy Liners or Stay Dry Liners will also help. Should you have a tough stain, apply KIND Stain Remover or Laundry Miracle directly to the stain and gently rub until the stain has lifted. Repeat if necessary.
Hot Water – ensure more hot water gets to your machine by running the hot water tap nearest your machine until water is hot.
Creams – Sticky barrier creams used to help prevent nappy rash can leave residues making nappies water repellent. Flushable Nappy Liners will help prevent residue from accumulating on nappies.
Flushable Nappy Liners – To simplify the clean up of soiled nappies, flushable paper and bamboo liners may be laid into the nappies.
Nappy Rash – A number of factors can cause nappy rashes. The first thing to try is more frequent nappy changes. Should the problem persist, run another final rinse cycle and add a cup of white vinegar.
*Mother ease does not recommend the use of oxygenated products (hydrogen peroxide – OxyClean), chlorides (bleach), fluorides, peroxides nor any harsh solvents (sodium percarbonate). Do not rinse nappies in toilets containing automatic toilet bowl cleaners. Use of these products will cause fabric disintegration on all natural fibres evidenced by balding spots throughout one or all layers of the nappy and will adversely affect product longevity.
Laundry Detergent Disclaimer*
Mother ease does not recommend the use of boutique type detergents due to customer complaints. These include Charlies Soap, Allens Naturally, Nellies Soda, Rockin Green, Country Save, Laundry Tarts, any type of soap nuts, 7th Generation Soap, and Ecos.
Mother ease does not recommend any homemade detergents. Fat deposits from soap can accumulate in the nappy’s layers and cause water repellency.
Do not use laundry detergent products containing sodium percarbonate or hydrogen peroxide (alternative bleach). These ingredients are often listed. When combined with uric acid and ammonia a reaction occurs causing natural fibres to dissolve.
Note: Oversized large waterproof (nylon coated or PUL laminated) nappy pail liners should not be washed with cloth nappies. Due to the large size, they restrict water movement, interfere with effective detergent removal during rinse cycles and impede water extraction during the spin cycles.
At Mother ease, we offer the BEST warranty in the cloth nappy industry and proud to stand behind our products 100%! With our local manufacturing we are pleased to provide durable, well-designed cloth nappies, nappy covers, and nappy accessories:
Lifetime Warranty on our Snaps + Elastics
1 Year Warranty on our Poly Urethane Laminate (PUL)
1 Year Warranty on our nappies against defects in materials and workmanship
6 Month Warranty on our nappy covers against defects in materials and workmanship
This warranty is available to the original purchaser of our products from the date of purchase.
Except when caused by manufacturing defects this warranty does not cover leaking, nappy odour or normal wear and tear. Please be sure to follow our detailed care instructions paying special attention to the use of detergents. Warranty is void when detergents containing harsh solvents such as hydrogen peroxide or sodium percarbonate are used on nappies containing natural fibres (cotton, bamboo).