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Using the sun to remove stains and bleach your nappies naturally

What is the cheapest, most effective and easily available way to get rid of stains and keep your nappies looking clean and bright? The sun! The sun has been used for centuries to remove stains.

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Drying cloth nappies in winter

It's really frustrating when the seasons change and you discover that the reusable nappies that used to take a few hours to dry in summer, now seem to take DAYS! So what can you do to make sure you don't run out of nappies, and your house isn't overtaken by half-dry washing?

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Can I use soap flakes to wash modern cloth nappies?

Have you ever wondered why most cloth nappy manufacturers recommend NOT using soap flakes to wash nappies?

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How long should I expect cloth nappies to last?

This is quite a popular question, especially as many of us hope to use our cloth nappies for more than one child. It should not be assumed that nappies will last indefinitely or be able to be used on several children without showing wear.

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Lanolising & caring for wool covers

Being a natural fibre, wool is very breathable and is a great cover over a fitted nappy for nights especially. A wool cover works by absorbing any moisture not absorbed by the nappy itself and evaporating it. Lanolising wool covers will increase their water resistance and will also help neutralise any odours.

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Panadol staining

Have you ever discovered a dark grey/brownish 'tide mark' stain on your nappies or inserts? This is often called 'Panadol staining', but what causes it and how do you get rid of it?

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Vaccinations & Cloth Nappies

We've seen quite a bit of advice around recently suggesting that parents who use cloth nappies should switch to disposables when their child is receiving their vaccinations.

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Thrush & Cloth Nappies: dealing with yeast infections

While you're treating your child for a thrush/yeast nappy rash, it's also important to treat your nappies as candida albicans can stay in clothing/nappies.

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Prepping Unbleached Cotton Prefolds

So you've got some brand new unbleached cotton prefolds, but they're not soft or absorbent. How do you prep unbleached cotton prefolds so they're ready to use on your baby?

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Mould & Cloth Nappies

Mould is a type of fungi that reproduces by making spores and LOVES damp and poorly ventilated areas. Mould spores can be airborne and can lie dormant waiting to germinate, grow and spread until they find the perfect conditions. You don't want this to be on your nappies!

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Using Homemade Detergent on Cloth Nappies

There are several recipes for DIY or homemade laundry detergent around the internet. They use 'natural' supermarket ingredients and are easy and cheap to make, so we definitely see the attraction. However, we generally recommend NOT using homemade detergents on your modern cloth nappies.

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Fabric Softeners & Cloth Nappies

One of the big ‘no-no’s about washing cloth nappies is using fabric softeners, which seems a shame, since a soft nappy sounds like a good thing…

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