April 4, 2010 at 7:00 am #251810
I have read you can effectively soak nappies in borax. I use the Coles smart buy nappy soaker, but would like to use something friendlier all round
So what do you use?
LizApril 4, 2010 at 7:20 am #459163
I’m fairly sure my kids used to soak them in wee 😉April 4, 2010 at 7:33 am #459164
ha ha Jaymes!
wizzbef, I didn’t ever buy napisan when my kids were little and just used white vinegar and washed them in HOT water (the only time I ever washed anything in hot water) in the washing machine. They were dried in the sun and never stained. I had a couple of red nappies that made the rest pink in the wash but then they returned to white after the next soak.April 4, 2010 at 8:15 am #459165
I used to soak them in water! No need for anything else!
DebApril 4, 2010 at 9:06 am #459166
If you are using modern cloth nappies then it is recommended that you don’t soak in anything (with a few exceptions, such as if your toddler is taking panadol or teething in which case a water soak can help to counteract the acidity of the urine at these times)
It’s called dry=pailing. Just rinse off any solids into the loo and put the nappy in a bucket until wash time.
It works because of a variety of different reasons. One is that the fabrics in modern cloth nappies are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal – hemp and bamboo have these properties inherent in the fabric. Another reason not to worry about soaking is that urine itself is sterile when it exits the body – it’s the bacteria in the air that come into contact with it that can cause problems. When my kids just had a wet nappy, i threw it straight in the wash with whatever else was going in the next load.
The third reason not to soak is all about washing machines. Modern washing machines are fabulous at removing grime and grease without any trouble. Back in the day when terry cotton squares or flannel nappies were used a lot, many people didn’t have washing machines and it took a whole lot of elbow grease to get stains out of nappies. There was an obsession with ‘white equals clean’ and soaking was part of that culture.
These days, we know that stained doesn’t mean dirty. That sunlight kills bacteria. That urine is sterile. That our washing machines do the hard work for us. And that pouring all those chemicals down the drain is a terrible thing to do to our environment.
AliApril 4, 2010 at 9:33 am #459167
As Ali Celt said. I never soaked my modern cloth or white terries. The only time I ever got stains was when ds ate an enormoous amount of beetroot. LOL
Nappy buckets full of water are also a drowning danger for young children.
Dry pailing does not smell either. I thought the nappy bucket would reek but I was pleasantly surprised.April 4, 2010 at 10:26 am #459168
I have used cloth on 6 kids over 13yrs, I use a little squirts to remove poo and then wash. I only soaked one childs in chemicals when he got a nastie tummy bug when in nappies, I do get staines when they eat something interesting I use lemon juice and sun to remove if they are bad. As urine brakes down it turns into ammonia a natral cleaning agent.:geek:April 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm #459169
Another dry pailing, cloth using mum here 🙂April 5, 2010 at 1:30 am #459170
Yep. I used to dry pail too.April 5, 2010 at 5:56 am #459171
yep me too, unless teh bath wasn’t drained, then i’d chuck them in there first. but no chemical soaking at all, the sun does the best job 🙂
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