I've Just put ds in washables ( about 3 weeks ago) and i've been using soda crystals, smartprice biological washing powder ( we're posh in this house) and about 6 drops of lavendar in the softener bit in the draw. I've been line drying them. tbh all I can smell is lavendar
When my friends dd annointed the seat in my car I discovered that neat dettox poured on neutralised the smell and made it evaporate dry, but not really an option for nappies.
thanks kitkat , tbh I did wonder what must have been going through your mind at BG!
I'm getting pretty fed up with them smelling especially after all the effort I put in yesterday trying to rinse them totally clean
I read (only yesterday) something about lavender oil and tee tree oils being hormone disrupters, I like you, was going to try putting some lavender in with the wash but am thinking twice but. But then, the Bold 2 in 1 I'm using is Lavender
Believe me u don't want to know LOL. The mildest was Baggy Gussets so actually I wasn't that far off!!
I haven't been doing the washables bit for long but there seems to be a definate improvement with the lavendar drops in the softener bit and the soda crystals, I just took some out that had the lavendear but not the soda crystals and there is still a faint waft. Have also noticed that asdas shea butter and cotton milk baby wipes(oohh ladeeda!) seem to neutralise the smell on the wrap at change time.
I had heard about tea tree but tbh the smell makes me gag atm.
Am going to email the nappy lady in a mo as I only bought 4 wraps and 8 nappies and I'm constantly washing, I also need to get a nappy bucket Any top tips on getting a cheap one??
ps I was also told not to use anything with a softener in it because of it stopping the absorbancy from being so good, I couldn't resist the thought of the smartprice bio powder when it had been roll backed to about £1.60 for 3kg
I have spent HHHHHHHHHOUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRS researching and it seems that Bold 2 in 1 is the only detergent with a softener that is totally fine to use on nappies, I think it's because they have a clay based softener which doesn't coat the fibres of the nappy.
BUT, having spent £8 on a bottle of Bold liquid I have found out today that you shouldn't use liquid, only powder. ALSO..... apparently liquid detergents do lots of damage to your machine, so shouldn't be used anyway . This nappy adventure has been an education that's for sure!!
Re buckets. I got a cheapy one from Wilkinsons yesterday, £1.50!! It's a bit small so will look to see if they've any bigger, failing that, I'll just buy another.
I got a white plastic bin with a flip top lid from Ikea, can't remember the name but its the mid sized one, cost about £4. We had one of the small nappy pails but it only fit about 5 nappies. The ikea one takes double that at least.
We use Ecover non bio, white vinegar in the fabric softener drawer and have never had any problems with wee smells so far. I have heard Bicarb of Soda is excellent for nappies too.
Hiya Heinz - clay based softener???? Blimey would never have guessed that one! Funnily tho I was just talking to my dad who is a Which magazine fanatic and he was telling me that most of the "new" cleaning products like cillit bang / vanish type things contain soda crystals as a major part of their make up and thats why they clean so well, I've been chucking soda crystals in my machine for years and he thought it funny that I was using them already instead of the "trust pink" stuff or whatever. I'm on an economy drive atm and soda crystals are only 60p a bag from asda.
Am I truly terrible for buying 2nd hand motherease nappies at 50p a go or am I losing the plot / going ott now??
going to get some white vinegar too - thanks wiggle!
Hiya - with the soda crystals you are sometimes left with a stain when it comes out of the wash - things like bolognase - hang it on the line and it will disapear - the uv reacts with the soda crystals apparantly