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How to strip wash your itti nappies

How to strip wash your itti nappies

Strip washing is done from time to time to deep clean your nappies, or of you have been using a detergent that irritates your babies skin or when your nappies are 6 – 8 months old as detergents tend to build up over time, or for leaking, crunchy or smelly nappies. Strip washing should be done sparingly (once every 6 months or so). Repeated strip washing will dramatically lower the life span of your nappies. For more information on leaky and smelly nappies see our FAQ section here.

Method One

Step 1

Take all your clean dry nappies and put them in the machine, with 1 teaspoon of non-moisturising dishwashing liquid, eg Dawn. Set your machine to a long washing cycle with high water level in warm water up to 40°C.

Step 2

Leave your itti nappies in the washing machine and just set your washing machine to another long rinse cycle up to 40°C, and repeat rinsing until there are no more bubbles in the machine. (Up to 4 rinse cycles)

Step 3

Dry your nappies and use as normal.

Method Two

Step 1

Add 1/4 cup bi-carb and 1/2 cup vinegar in at the start of the load. Set your machine to a long washing cold cycle. However we recommend the very occasional use of vinegar as it can destroy not only the PUL in the nappies but also the seals in your washing machine.

Step 2

Dry your nappies and use as normal.

In order to prevent any problems, the following tips might be useful.

– If you don’t have hot water connected to the machine use a bucket or tub to work the detergent in to the nappies then rinse in the machine. You will need 2-4 extra rinses until all the bubbles are gone. Front loader users may find soaking the nappies in a bucket with a solution of washing up liquid and water easier and less messy. You can then rinse the nappies in your machine. This strips any build up on the fabrics and does make the nappies look brighter and cleaner. – Always ensure your nappies are washed no longer than 48 hours after use, as after they are used, bacteria can breed on them, causing smells etc. Nappies that have been left for longer are harder to keep ‘fresh’ as regular washing is not then as effective. – Always ensure that you do a ‘rinse’ cycle prior to the ‘wash’ cycle in your washing machine. If you don’t do a rinse cycle first, the nappies are agitated around in dirty water, and the detergent acts on the water, as opposed to the nappies themselves. – Always ensure that in the rinse and wash cycles, that the water level is set higher than the nappies. Because nappies are designed to be absorbent, they actually soak up a lot of the water that fills the machine. This is particularly important for front loaders which typically use less water than top loaders. If your front loader does not have the ability to adjust the water level, ensure you always use the longest rinse and wash cycles possible. – Washing nappies in warm water provides a more effective clean. – Always ensure that the nappies are completely dry before they are used again. Completely dry nappies should smell fresh, rather than musty. – Sometimes, smelly nappies can result from not using enough detergent, so if the deep clean above does not help smell issues, try using more detergent instead. Typically, hard water areas do require more detergent to provide a thorough clean.