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Washing your itti nappies

Washing your itti nappies

If your itti’s are brand new click here for washing instructions for first use.

We recommend washing your nappies at least every second day.

Washing regularly helps to prevent bacteria from building up, mould from developing and fabric from deteriorating. – Do not use bleach – Do not use soakers – Do not use Napisan – Do not use fabric softener – Use a low enzyme and low PH Level washing powder – Do not use vinegar (except for method Two of Strip Washing) – If using barrier creams, ensure you use a liner to protect your nappy fabric. Cream can become clogged in your nappy and cause them to repel urine and leak! You can find disposable liners here. Using any of the above items will compromise the water proofing, elastic and fibres in your nappies, which can cause rashes and may void your warranty.

Step 1 – Flush or rinse your itti nappies if needed

Urine should not smell. If you notice a strong odour when you change babies’ nappy, they may not be 100%, and may be dehydrated. The strong smell is ammonia in the urine. Rinse your nappy immediately to prevent staining and bacteria. And don’t forget to keep your itti bitti hydrated with lots of water! Then once rinsed, pop straight in the Dry Pail.  Flushable liners make number two’s very easy!! Just flush the liner and its contents into the toilet! There are few other techniques you can also use – depending on the poo. Soft poos are easily rinsed by holding under the flush of the toilet or by using a Little Squirt (a pressure hose that attaches easily to your toilet). If they are solid, they will just fall off into the toilet. Please don’t wash poo down the drain.

Step 2 – Store/Dry Pailing your itti nappies

We recommend Dry Pailing. It will prolong the life of your nappies and will save you lots of time!! All you do, is pop your dirty itti’s straight in the bucket (after rinsing) – no water, no soaking

! It is recommended to wash your itti’s every second day. Washing regularly helps to prevent bacteria from building up, mould from developing and fabric from deteriorating, prolonging your itti’s life. After Dry Pailing, your nappies can be placed straight in the washing machine. And that’s it!!! But of course there are a few exceptions… See here.

Step 3 – Pre-rinse your itti nappies

Remove nappies from your dry pail (separate liners) and put everything in the washing machine. Then do a cold water rinse cycle, set your machine’s water level to the highest level if possible.  If you can’t or you have a front loader, we recommend doing an extra rinse cycle prior to washing them.  Front loaders use less water than top loaders, and this will ensure the nappies do not soak up what little water is generally used by front loading machines.

Step 4 – Washing your itti nappies

Once the rinse cycle is completed you can now wash your nappies. We recommend ½ the recommended amount of MCN friendly detergent and a long washing cycle with high water level in cold, warm or hot water (30°C to 40°C).

Step 5 – Drying your itti nappies

The most economical, time saving and environmentally friendly way dry your itti nappies is by hanging them on the line. The sunshine also sterilizes them! If the weather is very hot hang your nappies in the shade to prevent fading and to keep them in great condition. Always remember to hang long wise (horizontally) to prevent the elastic from stretching. itti nappies are fine to use in tumble dryers but only on LOW temperature.  The hot cycle is not recommended as it will wear out your nappies quicker.

We also recommend a Maintenance wash

Once every 5-8 weeks do a hot wash (40°C max). There really is no need to regularly hot wash due to the quality of the modern fabrics used in itti bitti nappies. However, if you are using cold to warm water for most washes, you might find a hot wash or plain hot water soak (60°C max) just once every 5-8 weeks will help keep your nappies clean. This is especially important if you are using Rockin’ Green detergent as it seems to work better in hot water. Regular hot washing or drying of bamboo fabrics will shorten their lifespan.

Occasional care – How to strip wash

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 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 60°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. –