Nappy Info

Please browse the information categories below for everything you need to know about the care and use of Green Kids nappies, what you will need to get started. More information can be found on our frequently asked questions page.

Green Kids nappies are known as pocket nappies, which consist of a waterproof outer layer and a soft stay-dry inner layer. There is a pocket opening at the back, into which you place the absorbent insert and/or booster.

Liquid passes through the stay dry inner layer and is absorbed by the insert/booster inside. The stay dry layer will feel dry even when the nappy is full, which provides superior comfort for your baby. The waterproof outer layer keeps the moisture in, and baby’s clothes dry.

Green Kids only uses sew quality Aplix grip tabs to fasten their modern cloth nappies, not Velcro. Aplix is much stronger than Velcro and gives superior fastening and longer life for your nappies. Aplix allows your nappies to be fastened easily to fit your bub, just like a disposable.

Green Kids nappies do not require a separate cover or liner!

Green Kids nappies come in two types:

Anytimes come in a range of colours and prints and are suitable for day or night use. The outer later is made from polyester PUL (100% polyester laminated with polyurethane), which is both waterproof and breathable. The inner layer is made from soft, suede cloth (100% polyester) which keeps your baby’s skin dry!
Please note that Anytimes Prints are limited edition, so get yours before they are gone!
Minkytimes are available in gorgeous colours and prints! Made from an outer layer of buttery soft, waterproof Minky fabric, and an inner layer of stay dry, stain resistant suedecloth. Minkytimes are perfect for use during the day, especially for showing off! They are also fantastic for use at night for even the heaviest wetters. These nappies are a luxurious addition to your nappy stash.
All Green Kids nappies are designed and made in Australia !

Why choose Green Kids pocket nappies?
  • They are very fast drying, either on the clothes line or in the dryer on warm
  • You can adjust the absorbency to suit your baby by using different insert/booster combinations
  • Green Kids nappies are fast and easy to put on your baby and fasten just like a disposable, with no fiddly snaps to adjust
  • The entire inner layer of stay-dry suedecloth means your baby never feels wet. Most Green Kids babies never suffer from nappy rash!
  • The single inner layer of suede cloth repels soiling and makes cleaning a breeze – no fiddly layers to clean
  • The removable insert ensures nappies and inserts will always get a thorough wash and dry faster
  • You can use Green Kids nappies as a two-in-one for newborns or light wetting babies – just lay the insert/booster on top of the suede cloth (instead of inserting into the pocket) and only change the insert when your baby wets.  This means you can re-use the nappy outer until it feels wet.  The only drawback to this method of cloth nappying is that wetness will be held against your baby’s skin, which can lead to nappy rash
  • Don’t be confused by terminology – inserts, boosters and soakers are all the same thing, though they are often made from different fabrics such as bamboo, cotton and microfibre.  However, they are all designed to absorb liquid in cloth nappies.  Liners are usually not the same thing, so check the specifications before you buy!  Green Kids 100% bamboo flushable liners are designed to collect soiling in cloth nappies for disposal into the toilet, and will suit any brand of cloth nappy

Green Kids nappies fit most babies from birth to toilet training!

Green Kids nappies have a unique design that allows them to fit most babies from birth to toilet training, depending on the build of your baby (approx 2.5 years or 15kg). This means that you should only have to purchase one complete set of nappies for your baby! Many babies will fit the nappies for longer than this, although it will depend on their individual size and weight.  Green Kids also offer Newborn and Toddler nappies if you need a smaller or larger nappy to suit your situation.  See our FAQ  for more info.
Fabric Information
Anytimes & Minkytimes nappies
Outer: 100% polyester laminated with polyurethane
Inner: 100% polyester suedecloth
Bamboo Inserts, boosters and wipes
60% bamboo 30% cotton 10% coolplus
Microfibre Inserts 80% polyester 20% nylon

Green Kids nappies come in one size that comfortably fits a large range of babies!

Green Kids nappies have a unique design that allows them to fit most babies from birth to toilet training, depending on the build of your baby. This means that you should only have to purchase one complete set of nappies for your baby! For instructions and pictures showing how to use the baby on a newborn, please see Use Instructions.

For some babies, you may find that the nappies will fit at the largest setting between 8-12 months. Most babies will trim down quite a bit as soon as they begin walking or crawling, and the nappies will then go back to fitting them on a smaller setting.

The number of nappies you will need depends on how often you want to wash, as well as how old your baby is. As a rough guide, you will need 1 or 2 days worth of nappies (depending on how often you wash) plus an extra 5 for use while the nappies are washing and drying. The following table will give you a rough estimate of how many nappies a baby might use per day. Please note that the actual number of nappies may vary from day to day, and from child to child. The following is just a guide.  If you have twins or triplets, you will almost certainly be washing every day!  Therefore for twins, just multiply the quantities below x 1.5, and for triplets multiply x 2 as a guide.

Child’s age Nappies per day      Total nappies recommended if washing every second day
0-4 months 10 24
4-18 months 7 18+
18-30 months 6 18

We recommend that nappies be washed at least every second day, as this will reduce the possibility of smells, and ensure good hygiene in your laundry.

If you would like personalised advice on how many nappies you will need, or for a customised package to suit your needs, please feel free to email us  🙂

When buying a full set of Green Kids nappies, you can choose any style or colour from our range. Our Anytimes and Minkytimes nappies are made from 100% poyester fabric, which makes them very durable and long lasting nappies that can be used both during the day or at night.

Minkytimes are another versatile choice, as they are also made from 100% polyester and are therefore suitable for either day or night use. The fluffiness of the Minky may change over time, but this will not affect the performance of the nappies.

All Green Kids nappies will require an absorbent insert to place inside the nappy. We offer a range of inserts specially designed to fit your Green Kids nappies. These inserts vary in price, absorbency, drying time, trimness and price, so you can choose your inserts based on your situation.

Most babies will need:
Day time: 1 Bamboo Insert per nappy (regular or premium).
Night time: 1 Bamboo Insert (choose premium for heavy wetters) and 1 Microfibre or Bamboo booster per nappy.

If your baby is a heavy wetter and requires more absorbency, you can use our double premium bamboo inserts instead of the regular inserts, and also add an additional bamboo or microfibre booster to the combinations listed above. All Green Kids inserts have a star rating for the various features (drying time, absorbency and trimness), to make it easier to choose which will be best for your baby.

About Bamboo

  • Bamboo is more absorbent than both cotton and hemp.
  • Bamboo is luxuriously soft, wash after wash.
  • Bamboo is highly breathable and has naturally antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • Bamboo is a sustainable crop which requires no herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertiliser to grow (unlike cotton), so it is more environmentally friendly to grow and safer to use on sensitive skin.
  • Bamboo crops require far less water to grow than cotton.

About Microfibre

  • Microfibre is lightweight and absorbent fabric.
  • Microfibre is very trim and fast drying.
  • Microfibre combined with a bamboo insert is the perfect combination for a night time nappy. Just place them both into the pocket, with the microfibre closest to the suede cloth, and the bamboo towards the back and it should last all night!
Alternatively, any other absorbent material can be used in the nappies, as long as it fits into the generously sized pocket. This could be anything from a folded up flannelette flat or terry square, to a bunny rug, flannelette pre-fold or even a tea towel!

We recommend that you have a specific area set aside for changing your baby. This could range from a quality wooden change table with storage, to a simple change table, to even the top of a chest of drawers. It is ideal to have the change area at a height that means you do not have to bend too much, just to save your back. If you prefer to change your baby on the floor or on a bed, you could simply put the nappies and wipes into a basket, so it can be transported to wherever you are changing your baby.

The great thing about pocket nappies is that you can simply put the insert into the nappy, and it is ready to use. If your change table has storage drawers, it would be ideal to keep the nappies and accessories in the top drawer for easy access when changing. If your change table does not have drawers, but has a shelf, the nappies can either be stacked on the shelf, or alternatively you could get a nice basket to stack them into before placing on the shelf. If the change area has neither, simply place the nappies and accessories into a nice basket and place on the floor next to the change area.

Please remember never to leave a child unattended on the change table, as they can easily roll off and injure themselves.

Wipes

You will also need some wipes, which can either be either bamboo wipes, cotton terry flannels or flannelette wipes. You will need approximately one wipe per nappy. Cotton terry flannels can be purchased from your local department store or supermarket and bamboo wipes can be purchased from Green Kids!  Mini wetbags are ideal for storing your wipes when you go out.  Just have one with pre-moistened clean wipes, and one for dirty wipes, then throw them in the wash with your nappies – easy!

Spray Bottle

A handy thing to have at your change area is a small water spray bottle, filled with water to squirt onto a wipe when it is needed. Some people add various essential oils, baby oil or top to toe wash into the bottle to give it a nice scent!  Please be aware that anything oily that stays on your baby’s skin can affect the performance of your Green Kids nappies.

100% Bamboo Flushable Liners P100
Green Kids 100% Bamboo flushable nappy liners make nappy changing and washing a breeze! Simply place inside your Green Kids nappy to collect soiling. Moisture will pass through the liner to the inserts, while the bamboo is soft and gentle on your baby’s skin. When your baby needs changing, simply gather up the liner and contents, and flush them down the toilet. The liners are 100% bio-degradable and compostable. Each liner is 19cm x 28cm and they can be cut or folded to suit any size nappy.  Please note that flushable liners are not suitable for septic tanks.

Green Kids one size nappies will fit most bubs from birth until toilet training. The one size nappies won’t be quite as trim as if you purchase a set of newborn sized nappies, but the savings can be considerable! However, if you would like a trimmer nappy for your newborn, please consider our Anytimes Newborn range, which suits babies up to approx. 7kg or 6 months. Please click on the link to the left, or read on to see how easy it is to use Green Kids one size nappies on your newborn baby 🙂

  • Use the newborn fold, which involves folding down the rise of the nappy to make it smaller. You can then use the extra piece of Aplix on the front of the nappy to fasten it. Please see pictures below. This fold is secure enough to hold the nappy on a newborn, as they don’t move around very much. As your bub gets older (8-12 weeks) you will need to move on to the regular way of using the nappies.
  • Microfibre inserts are perfect for newborns, as they are lighter than bamboo inserts. Although they are not as absorbent as the bamboo inserts, this is not quite as important in the newborn stage, as the nappies tend to be changed more frequently. These will help to provide a nice trim fit for the nappies. They can then be used later on as a booster in nappies for older bubs.
  • Make sure that the nappy follows the inner curve of the thigh when putting it on your bub, rather than straight over the top of the thigh. Also, make sure you stretch the back elastic nappy out quite firmly before fastening the nappy. There should be no gaping at the legs or back. This will ensure a nice, snug fit.
  • As your baby grows and needs more absorbency, change to regular bamboo inserts for daytime use and add a microfibre insert for sleep-time and night-time. This will provide additional absorbency while still keeping the nappy trim.

The Newborn Fold

Place the insert in to the nappy, and only pull it as far as the bottom of the Aplix, about 5cm from the end of the nappy. Lay the nappy out flat on the change table. open nappy
Bring the nappy up to your baby’s tummy, then fold down the front piece of Aplix to shorten the rise.
Pull one tab firmly over and fasten it to the suede cloth, ensuring that the nappy is snug around your baby’s leg.
Pull the other tab over and fasten to the front piece of Aplix, ensuring the nappy is snug around your baby’s other leg.

This picture shows a Green Kids nappy folded to fit a new born (left) and a slightly older baby (right). The nappies will fit even larger than this, as you just continue to adjust where the tabs sit as their waist grows.

Cost Benefits of Using Cloth 

There is certainly no denying that there is a huge cost difference between using cloth nappies and using disposables. But just how much can you save over 3.5 years just by using cloth nappies?

Disposables*
70 disposable nappies per week for 3 months
49 disposable nappies per week for 9 months
35 disposable nappies per week for 1.5 years
Total nappies until 2.5 years of age – 5,530 @ average cost of 37.4c each
21 pull-up nappies per week for 1 year @ average cost of 98c each
Disposable wipes & nappy bags for 2.5 years
Total
$2069
$1070
$470
$3609
Green Kids nappies** (from newborn to toilet training, washing every 2 days)
24 Green Kids Anytimes one size nappies with 24 bamboo inserts + 
6 microfibre inserts for night-times
Washing costs (over 2.5 years)
10 bamboo wipes
Total
$ 738
$ 250
$ 40

$1028
The above calculations are averages only and may vary according to your baby & your particular circumstances!

That is a huge saving of $2581!!

This is based on having one child in Green Kids nappies. If you re-use the nappies on your next child, the saving will be even greater! Imagine all the other things you and your family could spend that extra money on!

So hold on to your hard earned money, and start using Green Kids nappies today!

To calculate the actual number of nappies you may need depending on your babies age, and how often you wish to wash, please click on the tab How Many Nappies on this page .

Environmental Benefits of Using Cloth Nappies

Cloth nappies have the major environmental benefit of greatly reducing amount of rubbish going into landfill. Disposable nappies can take up to 500 years to decompose!

This means, that ALL disposables that have EVER been used, still exist today in landfill. That is a lot of nappies!

Another major environmental benefit of cloth nappies is that they are reusable, and therefore minimize the amount of valuable natural resources that are wasted on disposable nappies.

It takes 1 of cup crude oil to make just 1 disposable nappy!

At Green Kids, we realise that there are environmental impacts evident for both types of nappy systems, as with most things we do. The main impacts of disposables occur in the production and disposal phases, while cloth impacts occur in the washing stage.

That is why we at Green Kids have worked hard to bring you modern cloth nappies, which have eliminated or greatly reduced most of the impacts of using cloth. There is no longer a need to use throwaway liners, bleach or fabric softener, and you only need to use a third to a half of the recommended amount of washing powder! As well as this, our unique one size design means you only have to buy one full set of nappies, rather than buying a full set of nappies in various sizes, saving more precious resources!

Unfortunately for disposable nappy makers, their job is harder, as there is less they can do to combat the huge amount of resources being used to make the nappies, and the enormous amount of waste being produced.

What you can do at home

If you follow the care instructions recommended for Green Kids nappies, you will be having minimal environmental impact. But, there are still other things you can do at home to even further reduce your impact on the environment:

  • If possible, use a front loading or AAA rated washing machine, as these use far less water.
  • Hang your nappies out to dry on the line where possible, rather than using the dryer. This not only reduces energy use, but also assists in sanitizing the nappies.
  • Wait until you have a full load, or wash every 2 days, rather than once a day. This reduces the amount of water, energy and washing powder you need to use.
  • Use environmentally friendly washing powders. Ones with low phosphorus levels are better for the environment.
  • If finances permit, install a solar hot water system. This will save energy by making the most of the natural energy provided by the sun.

So please rest assured that your choice to use cloth nappies for your baby will not only look after your baby’s health and save you money, but will also be looking after the environment, and ensuring a better world for your children.

*Disposable cost calculations are based on using a premium quality brand of disposable nappies, with nappy sizes of 4-8kg for the first 3 months (@30c per nappy), 6-11kg size from 3-12 months (@37c per nappy), and 10-15kg size from age 12 months until 2 1/2 years (@40c per nappy). These weight ranges are based on the average weight in kg from age tables in the Health West Child Health record book. Wipes are based on using one premium quality wipe on average per nappy change (@7c each and nappy bags are based on 1 bag for every 2 nappies (@3c each for 2.5 years.

**Cloth nappy washing power costs are based on using a top loading machine (1100W), washing every second day with an overall cycle time or approximately 1 hour (obtained from the Synergy website (http://synergy.marketunited.com/calculate.php) which was calculated at 24c per wash. Water calculation are based on a 5kg top load washing machine which uses 108L per rinse and wash cycle, and water costing 98.2c per 1000L (approx 11c per wash). Washing powder costs are calculated using Rockin’ Green powder at $4.95 for 90 washes = 17c per wash. This gives a total per wash cost of 52c, with an average of 3.5 washes per week over 2 1/2 years (455 washes). The total amount of $236 has been rounded up to $250 to take into account variations in washing machines and washing liquid/powder used.

Copyright Green Kids 2012. This information has been researched and written for Green Kids. Please do not copy or reproduce this document in any form. You may of course, link to our website, if you would like this information to be made known.

How to prepare and use Green Kids nappies.

  • Newborn to 3 months
  • 3 months to toilet training
  • What to do with the nappy when out and about
  • Troubleshootin

Newborn to 3 months

Place the insert in to the nappy, and only pull it as far as the bottom of the Aplix, about 5cm from the end of the nappy. Lay the nappy out flat on the change table. open nappy
Bring the nappy up to your baby�s tummy, then fold down the front piece of Aplix to shorten the rise.
Pull one tab firmly over and fasten it to the suede cloth, ensuring that the nappy is snug around your baby’s leg.
Pull the other tab over and fasten to the front piece of Aplix, ensuring the nappy is snug around your baby’s other leg.

This picture shows a Green Kids nappy folded to fit a new born (left) and a slightly older baby (right). The nappies will fit even larger than this, as you just continue to adjust where the tabs sit as their waist grows.

3 months to toilet training (approx 2.5 years or 15kg)

  • Fold up the insert and place into the pocket of the nappy.
  • Ensure it is pulled through all the way to the end of the nappy, and is lying flat inside.
  • Lay the nappy flat on the change table or mat, with the outside of the nappy facing downwards and the opening of the nappy away from you.
  • Lay your baby onto the nappy about half way up the nappy.
  • Pull the front of the nappy up and around your baby’s tummy and hold. Make sure the nappy comes up to the narrowest part of your baby’s waist.
  • Pull the side tabs firmly around to the front and attach to the front Aplix.
  • Ensure you stretch the tabs quite firmly to ensure the nappy is a snug fit.

What to do with the nappy when out and about

Remove the nappy from your baby. open nappy
Roll the end of the nappy up towards the top of the nappy.
Continue to roll the nappy until it reaches the end.
Bring one Aplix tab about half way over the nappy and hold here.
Bring the other tab over and fasten to the extra piece of Aplix. Place the nappy into a wet bag ready to take home.

 

Troubleshooting

If used correctly, Green Kids nappies should not leak. If you are experiencing leaking issues, please read the troubleshooting tips on the Care Instructions below for more info.

Before Use

Wash nappies and inserts in hot water (~60c) at least three times with half the regular amount of washing powder or liquid before use, drying in between washes.  Your new Green Kids nappies and inserts will continue to increase in absorbency for the first 10-12 washes. The absorbent inserts may seem a little big at first, but after these initial 3 washes, they will shrink to fit the nappies.  It is important that your new nappies and inserts are completely immersed in hot water for these washes. If you have a front loading washing machine that only uses a small amount of water, change the water level to high and add a towel to the machine to provide some weight.  Alternatively, soak and wash your new nappies in the laundry trough to ensure they are completely immersed.  All Green Kids products should have a care label attached, so please follow the instructions on the label.  Bamboo wipes are made from the same fleece as bamboo inserts, so their care is the same as inserts.

Washing

After use:
Empty soiling into toilet (older babies).
Store used nappies in a dry bucket until wash day. We recommend washing nappies at least every second day.  (If your baby is teething or taking any medication such as paracetemol, his or her urine can be very acidic, so we recommend rinsing your nappies and inserts in fresh water before putting into the pail to dilute the urine concentration).

Before washing:
Remove absorbent insert.
Fold back laundry tabs.
Rinse soiled nappies in the trough, or with a Little Squirt (optional).

Washing:
Give the nappies an initial cold rinse only cycle with no washing powder/liquid.
Follow this with a full wash using approximately 1/2 the recommended amount of washing powder/liquid. Do not use soap based powders such as Lux Flakes, or any washing powders containing fabric softeners or oxygen bleach.
Line dry or warm tumble dry.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

PLEASE DO NOT USE BLEACH OR FABRIC SOFTENERS.

PLEASE DO NOT USE BARRIER CREAMS WITH THE NAPPIES as these may cause a water resistant build up on the nappies which may prevent them from working correctly. Barrier creams are those which are oil based, such as paw paw cream, or zinc and castor oil based creams etc. The inner stay dry layer of Green Kids nappies will minimise the chance of nappy rash, so most times you will not need a nappy cream. If your baby experiences nappy rash due to teething or illness, we recommend the use of water based creams such as Savlon, or powders such as Curash.

PLEASE DO NOT USE whiteners, washing powder with enzymes, vinegar or laundry additives when washing the nappies.  Cheaper washing powders/liquids are usually best, as they don’t contain these additives.  If you wash other family member’s clothes in your machine with laundry detergents that do contain these additives, you may cause repelling problems in your nappies, even if you don’t use the same laundry detergent on your nappies.

Green Kids recommend the Dry Pailing method to care for your nappies.

Dry pailing (the method outlined above) is a method of caring for nappies that does not involve any harsh bleaches or soaking, and is therefore gentle on both your baby and the environment.

The washing powder or liquid combined with hanging on the line or tumble drying will sanitise your nappies to ensure all traces of urine and soiling have been removed. Therefore, no bleaching or soaking of nappies is required. Make sure they are rinsed well and no detergent residue remains.

As the materials resist staining, you will find that on the majority of occasions the nappies will be completely stain-free after the hot wash. If on the odd occasion some slight staining is evident, simply hang the nappy on the line outside and let the sun do its work. We have not had a nappy yet where small marks have not been removed after a couple of hours in the sun!

We recommend washing nappies at least every 2 days, to ensure good hygiene in the laundry. Any clothing left wet for long periods of time will encourage growth of mould, so regular washing and drying is vital.

Troubleshooting

Leaks: When used correctly, Green Kids nappies should not leak. If you are experiencing leaking issues, please read the troubleshooting tips below to eliminate the following causes:

  1. Do not use barrier creams or lotions with Green Kids nappies, or any product that contains oils, including baby wipes. These items can cause a water repellent layer on the lining of the nappy, preventing it from working correctly.
  2. Do not use fabric softeners when washing the nappies, as these may also prevent them from working correctly.
  3. Ensure that you only use 1/3 to 1/2 of the recommended amount of washing powder/liquid. Using more than this can also cause a water repellent build up on the nappies.
  4. Ensure that the nappy is done up snugly around your baby’s legs, so there is no gaping. To do this, stretch the Aplix tabs out firmly when fastening, stretching the back elastic to ensure a snug fit.
  5. Make sure the absorbent insert is lying flat inside the nappy. It shouldn’t matter if the insert is close to the pocket opening of the nappy, as long as it is not hanging out of the opening.

If you have followed all the tips above and the nappies fit your baby snugly, check the inserts to see if they are soaked through or dry/partially dry when the nappy leaks:

  1. If the inserts are soaked through you need more absorbency in your nappy, so add a bamboo or microfibre booster to the pocket.
  2. If the inserts are dry or partially dry when the nappy leaks, you have a water repellent barrier in the suede cloth lining of your nappies, and there is a simple test for this  just lay the offending nappies out on your kitchen bench, and slowly pour a small amount (e.g. half a cup) of warm water over the white suede-cloth lining, then press your hand onto the lining. The water should soak through quickly, and not pool on top. If the water doesn’t soak through, then your nappies will need a strip wash to remove the chemical build-up in the lining. Instructions for strip washing your nappies are below. Before strip washing, brush the lining with a lint brush in both directions to remove excess lint from the manufacturing process.

Smells: The most important thing to remember to keep the nappies smelling lovely and fresh is to always give them an initial cold pre-rinse before washing. This helps to remove most of the smells before the full wash. Hanging the nappies on the line in full sun is another great way to keep them fresh.

If you find that the nappies do start to smell, it may be due to a build up of washing powder which can lead to retention of smells. In order to fix this, simply give the nappies a ‘strip wash’ as outlined below.

Some babies do go through stages where their urine will have a stronger smell than usual, and if this occurs, you may need to occasionally add a little antibacterial rinse to the final rinse of the wash, such as Cannesten or Dettol rinse. These are avaliable from the laundry isle of most supermarkets and will help to ensure that the nappies remain lovely and fresh.

Cleaning Aplix Tabs: If the Aplix tabs become clogged with lint or threads, they can be cleaned by using tweezers or a fine comb to carefully remove it.  This will ensure the tabs are locking together firmly.  Please always separate the tabs carefully to avoid tearing the fabric or stitching, and this will extend the life of your nappies.

‘Strip’ Washing

If you haven’t give your new nappies their initial hot washes, please do that before strip washing your nappies, and they should then work correctly. However, if you have used barrier creams on the nappies, or have a build up of washing powder/liquid which is causing the nappies to repel liquid, you may need to give the nappies a ‘strip’ wash. This involves washing the nappies in hot water (50-60c) through a whole cycle with no detergent, then washing again with some regular dish washing liquid, followed by several rinses until the water runs clear with no more bubbles. If you have a front loading washing machine, please set the water level to high or add a towel to the wash, as your nappies must be immersed in the water to be washed properly.

If you continue to have leaking issues, keep strip washing until the problem is resolved, but if you are using a washing detergent with fabric softener and/or your washing machine has fabric softener residue in it, you may inadvertently be adding it again every wash without realising it. In this case, you may need to hand wash your nappies in the laundry trough to ensure all chemicals are removed. If you live in a hard water area, you can also try soaking your nappies in hot water with 1/3 cup bi-carb soda (baking soda), then rinse very well in hot water. This neutralises the ph of the water and helps to remove any remaining residue in your nappies. It also helps to rub the lining of the nappies while hand washing to remove any chemical build up before rinsing.

If you have any questions about the use or care of your nappies, simply email us: admin@greenkids-drytimes.com.au

Getting the most out of your Green Kids nappies

To help you get the best use out of your new nappies, we have the following tips:

  • Front loading machines tend to be a little rougher on nappies than top loading machines, so you may need to wash the nappies on a ‘gentle’ cycle. Make sure the nappies are immersed in water when you wash them, by setting the water level to high and including a towell in the wash.
  • Try washing using warm water (~40-60c) rather than hot as some machines use water that is extremely hot which can speed up the wear on your nappies.
  • Many washing powders contain high levels of non soluble particles, which can increase wear on the nappies, particularly in a front loading machine. Try using a laundry liquid instead, or a powder containing no insoluble materials.
  • Try to bring the nappies in from the line as soon as they are dry. Leaving the nappies in full sun for days at a time may also speed up the wear on the nappies.
  • Only dry the nappies in the dryer on warm or medium setting, rather than hot.
  • Wash the nappies regularly, at least every 2 days. Leaving them sitting in the bucket longer than this may reduce the life of the nappies, and it’s not a good idea to leave them wet for long periods either, as this encourages the growth of mould.  If your baby is teething, rinse the inserts & nappies in cold water before putting in the pail to dilute their strong urine.
  • Do not use any of the following when washing your nappies; bleach, fabric softener, washing powders with enzymes, soap based powders (eg. lux), tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, vinegar or whiteners.