sim wrote:HI and welcome!
Have a look in this part of the forum for advice on washing nappies.
When my son was in nappies (he's potty trained now) I didn't soak nappies at all. I dry pailed (tipped the solids down the loo). To wash I did a fast cold wash with no detergent then a 60 degree wash with a small amount of bold 2in1 powder and then an extra spin at the end to get as much water out as possible. This kept the nappies perfectly clean and fresh. Every few months I also did a strip wash (see the forum link above) on any nappies that had suspect absorbancy (usually his pocket nappies) or if his night nappies got whiffy - that was usually down to detergent build up from when DH did a few nappy washes in a row with too much powder!
I use a little vinegar in the softner drawer every now and again to get rid of smell build up