• Sarah from Cloth Tots

A lot of people have bad wash routines

Yep, we went there. It appears there are a lot of bad washing routines out there.

Actually, thats not fair, it appears there are a lot of outdated washing routines out there.


Maybe you received a wash routine when you first hired with your newborn? Maybe you just bought a few second hand nappies and googled a routine.

Added night nappies to your routine?

Changed washing machines or detergent and now you aren't sure what to do?


Over time routines can and should be tweaked and altered to pave the way for you to have reliably clean nappies and cloth wipes every time.


Some typical indicators that its time for a new routine might be:

  • A"Froth Out" on your main wash - Think way too many suds

  • Ammonia build up - Strong smell coming from your nappies, even after the wash

  • Staining - Some staining remains even after pre and main wash


So what are some "tweaks" you could be doing?

  • The simple one is to check your washing detergent. Does it have enough surfactants to clean properly? Do you need to add a laundry booster? Are you using enough or too much detergent in your washes?

  • Are you dry-pailing properly? We follow Clean Cloth Nappy recommendations which suggest dry pailing. This is a great way to ensure your nappies air out between washes.

  • Have you chosen the right wash cycles? If you are including night nappies, it’s important to ensure the actual wash cycle is minimum 60-mins. So this might look like a wash of 1hr 10 for your pre-washes

  • For the main wash, Clean Cloth Nappies recommends no less than 2 hrs, so most washes are between 2-4. Mine is just shy of 3. If this seems like a long time, you could do them overnight, on a delay, this way you can run the machine at off-peak times, and hang them in the morning.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Not sure where to go? This is where Cloth Tots comes in.

We can eliminate the confusion and pave the way for you to have reliably clean nappies and cloth wipes every time. We take the guess work out for you and give you a fully customised wash routine based on your washing machine and detergent choice. In situations where your detergent preference isn't appropriate for cloth nappies we can help guide your decision for an alternative. Our advice is based on Clean Cloth Nappies methods, so you know that we have the scientific backing to ensure an effective clean every time.

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