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    Default Soaking cloth nappies without a billion chemicals?

    I'm not a greenie, at best I'd describe myself as green-ish. I'm currently using biodegradable disposables and thinking of also using cloth nappies.

    Are there any products you could recommend to soak them in that aren't full of really harsh chemicals? In my mind the environmental benefit would be cancelled out if I soak them with bleaches etc and wash that down the drain! I'm currently using Eco Store laundry soaker and stain remover for the washers I use to wipe her bum, but as I haven't started on cloth I don't know how effective they would be on a nappy full of poo, especially rancid ones when she starts solids! I also don't have time to make up stuff, I just want to buy something from my local Woolies/Coles etc.

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    You don't need to soak.

    Put them in a dry pail with a lid (after rinsing off any poop in the toilet). Then stick them in a hot wash together, and line dry them in the hot sun. Some don't even hot wash... the sun will do most of your stain removal for you.

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    Yep we don't soak. Just rinse them off then pop them in the bucket and wash every second day. As Sassymummy said the sun will get rid of everything.

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    I have just started to use mcn's on my 4 week old bub. I rinse them off, dry pail, rinse cycle and then wash in cold water with a small amount of detergent - using one with no enzymes. No stains so far!

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    Oh and I agree with PP, sunlight is the key

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    Default Soaking cloth nappies without a billion chemicals?

    Yep definitely don't soak MCN's, it will ruin them. Plus it's not necessary.

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    Default Soaking cloth nappies without a billion chemicals?

    Hey missi mack, can I ask you what soap nuts are?

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    So just so I'm clear (it's important when poo is involved! ), you guys rinse off the worst, put in bucket with no water, and then just wash as normal?

    This appeals to me. I have hideous memories of my mothers Nappy Buckets Of Horror full of gross water, soaking away. Yuck. Stains don't bother me as much as the thought of them not being properly clean. I usually use Planet Ark or Ecostore washing powder

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    Default Re: Soaking cloth nappies without a billion chemicals?

    With newborn poo, it's so runny, I don't bother removing it from the nappy. Just dry pail and rinse cycle then wash cycle. I use the planet ark powder but 1/2 amount.

    With post solids poo, I use a flushable liner so majority of poo goes in toilet anyway.

    I have heard of people scraping poo off nappies, but I have never bothered.

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    I have a Little Squirt (basically a high pressure hose attached to the toilet) so any poo I rinse off into the toilet, and then just throw the nappy into a dry nappy bucket until I wash them

    I've been using cloth nappies for 6 years, on 5 kids... and have never soaked a single one and the only time I've had staining is when they've had panadol (yes, you can get panadol staining, lol, so use a liner if bubs has panadol)


 

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