I was wondering if anyone had any eco friendly suggestions for washing my cloth nappies? At the moment I dry pail them with a few drops of either lavender or tea tree oil, then I wash them with eco balls at 60 and once a month I wash them with non-bio as Dd has sensitive skin.
The only problem with eco balls, apart from their lack of stain shifting, is the fact that my washer doesn't like them and I have to do a seperate cold rinse/wash/spin option which uses lots of electricity.
Has anyone used soap nuts as I would quite like to give these a go? Any other eco friendly/electricity saving suggestion?
I try to get the worst of the poo off by rinsing them in the toilet a few times and if they're really bad I sluice them in the nappy bucket. I then give them a quick cold rinse in the washing machine before the main wash (I read somewhere here on MN that an initial cold rinse helps!)
The ecoballs are quite good but they don't get stains out, you have to add a stain remover as well (I don't tend to bother!) It is recommended that you wash with detergent occasionally as well.
Personally I've found the ecoballs great as I have sensitive skin too!
I used to rinse them in the loo, then realised a cold pre-rinse in the machine was much more effective even if they'd sat for a couple of days. And figured 1 machine rinse probably = several toilet flushes!
might try those balls, just to get away from detergent!
I use soapnuts at 60° and find them no worse than detergent for stain shifting, especially wrt the bright yellow poos. They don't leave residue either and are brill for sensitive skin. I just add a glug of vinegar in the final rinse, though not always.
For stain shifting I line dry and get plenty of sun on them. Shifts even tomato sauce stains like a dream!
I used cloth nappies (bamboozles) for the first time with my DD(3 06nths/ yesterday, and did my first wash today-I used soapnuts and the nappies are currently line-drying. I'm amazed at the results-they seem really soft, fresh and clean with no stains (despite one of the nappies being soiled before the wash!).
I have used soapnuts for about 2 years now (although do slip into using non bio occassionally) and they don't shift stains but do the job. I add vinegar every time I remember as this is a discaler and have recently discovered the wonders of lemon juice although not tried it on a nappy yet. There was a rust mark on vintage cotton and I just applied it a couple of times during the day whilst on the line and it disappeared if using this method on a nappy I would be tempted to at least give it a good rinse afterwards though.