For all those newly initiated washers of cloth nappies with soapnuts, here’s a little how-to that should help you get rid of all stains and odours!
Step 1 – Preparing your nappies
When using the real/cloth nappies if they are cotton, hemp or bamboo wash them 3 – 4 times before use to improve absorbency (no need to dry them in between washes). You may also want to wash the covers.
Step 2 – Storing soiled nappies
When baby soils his nappy, change as usual with real nappies and then place soiled nappies into mesh bag in bucket (so you don’t need to touch it) and when the bag is full simply pick up bag and deposit in machine. For poopy nappies, dispose of poop/disposable liner in toilet, place soiled nappy in mesh bag in nappy bucket, change as usual.
Step 3 – Soaking
Washing real nappies is a breeze with soapnuts!…
- You can just run them through a cold cycle first (recommended so urine and the bits get washed away).
Step 4 – Washing
Then wash using manufacturer instructions. Some nappies can be washed at 40 degrees, some at 60 degrees, so just check the wash instructions before washing. If you have an HE (high efficiency) / A rated machine we recommend using soapnut powder or soapnut liquid instead of soapnut shells .
Washing with Soapnut shells: Simply put five soapnut shells into wash bag, soak them for three minutes in hot water, then put soaked nuts into drum with cloth nappies. Wash as directed.
Washing with Soapnut powder: Simply put two tablespoons of soapnut powder in a sock and tie a knot in it, put in drum of machine with cloth nappies. 2 tablespoons of soapnut powder will last for 3 washes.
Washing with soapnut liquid: Once you have made the soapnut liquid (see soapnut liquid recipe), pour 1 -2 cups into drum of washing machine, add wash load, and wash as normal.
For any stains: Try a natural stain remover like our 100% Natural Stain Remover.
Adding a Fragrance: You can also add essential oils to your wash or onto the soapnut wash bag if using one. Fave oils seem to be Lavender & Tea Tree. Or alternatively spray some floral water onto drying nappies for a gentle fragrance.For more information please visit: http://www.soapnuts.co.uk