What's so good about cloth nappies?

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What's so good about cloth nappies?

Postby kizzles » Tue Jan 16, 2024 11:03 am

What are the benefits of using cloth nappies?
Can you also tell me some techniques for looking after cloth nappies to ensure their longevity and performance?

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Re: What's so good about cloth nappies?

Postby clothmama » Tue Jan 16, 2024 12:20 pm

Hi Kizzles, welcome back :wave:

There are several benefits to using cloth nappies. Firstly, they are more environmentally friendly than disposable nappies as they can be reused many times. This helps reduce waste and the impact on landfills. Secondly, cloth nappies are often made from natural materials, which can be gentler on a baby's sensitive skin and reduce the likelihood of nappy rash. Additionally, using cloth nappies is more cost-effective in the long run, as they can be washed and reused, saving money on constantly purchasing disposable nappies. Lastly, cloth nappies come in a variety of cute and stylish designs, making nappy changing a more fun experience.

Proper maintenance and care are essential for ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of cloth nappies. Here are some things you might try:

1. Prepping: Before using new cloth nappies, it can help to wash them a few times to increase their absorbency.

2. Stain removal: To tackle stubborn stains, you can try using a natural stain remover such as baking soda, lemon juice, or sunning the nappies outdoors to naturally bleach them.

3. Stripping: Over time, cloth nappies may accumulate detergent residue, which can affect their absorbency. Stripping involves deep cleaning the nappies by using (preferably natural) products such as vinegar to remove this build-up.

4. Drying: Proper drying techniques are crucial to prevent mold and mildew growth. Hanging the nappies in direct sunlight can help naturally disinfect and remove stains while ensuring thorough drying.

5. Storage: When not in use, store cloth nappies in a dry and well-ventilated area. Avoid using airtight containers, as they can trap moisture and lead to unpleasant odours or mold growth.

Each cloth nappy brand and material may have specific care instructions, so always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for the best practices in maintaining your cloth nappies.

Good luck and please do let us know how you get on :thumbsup:

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