reusable nappies, wee only, ok to wash as normal?

(10 Posts)
steviewonderful Sat 07-May-16 00:08:08

seems a bit over the top to soak them in nappy sanitizer first and wash them separately from other clothes, urine isn't really dirty like poo is.

I was at 40 degrees normally (will be doing separate washes at 60 degrees for nappies that have been poo'ed in)

Ditsy79 Sat 07-May-16 07:00:27

I washed all our nappies at 40 with a cold prewash. I tended to wash separately to other clothes but this was just because I washed 2-3 days nappies in one go. Most nappies nowadays do not recommend soaking or washing at high temperatures - I think it might affect the elastic.
We just used a big lidded nappy bucket, and lined it with a mesh bag, which makes putting nappies in the washing machine a lot easier.
There is a nappies section on mumsnet talk - in the products section. You may get more responses there.

43percentburnt Sat 07-May-16 07:11:14

You can put wee nappies in a normal wash, however if they are modern reusables you are not meant to use much detergent or they end up stinking! Especially tots bots...

I dry pail cloth nappies (wee and poo). We drape a muslin with a few drops of tea tree over the top of the nappies then put the bucket lid on. Then they are washed every other day (or daily now we have twins!).

We do a pre wash cold, then wash at 40 then a rinse. So the elastic doesn't get damaged we only do a 60 wash if they start to get wash powder build up.

skankingpiglet Sun 08-May-16 23:31:27

I've just potty trained so finally free of the nappy washing for another couple of months until DC2 arrives..., but I dry pailed too. If I had to soak them it would probably have put me off cloth napping tbh! I washed every other day doing a detergent-free short cold wash, 60 degree wash with detergent, then a rinse wash. All the pooey and wee nappies went in together along with the wipes, and I would have put other clothes in with them happily if there had been space, after all the point is they all come out clean. Then ideally out on the line to dry where the sunshine adds extra germ killing power, as well as stain removal.
If I was doing a wash of only wee nappies the only thing I'd do differently is miss out the first cold rinse as the purpose of that it to prevent stains setting, although the routine is so ingrained now I'd no doubt forget and just do it anyway!

Zeitgei5t Tue 10-May-16 19:16:11

I feel quite lazy, they get thrown in a bucket with wipes sleepsuits the lot, then one wash at 30 with eco balls. (Any higher damages the wraps and eco balls don't need high temps to kill bacteria)

AllMyBestFriendsAreMetalheads Tue 10-May-16 19:28:30

I do what skankingpiglet says. I often chuck a towel in after the first rinse because they're pretty much clean by then

ACubed Thu 12-May-16 17:29:42

I put mine (Misolo) in with regular washes, as I feel you lose a bit of the thriftiness if you wash them separately. How old is your baby? If you're just breastfeeding even poo-y nappies can go in the main wash as it's water soluble.

steviewonderful Fri 13-May-16 22:06:31

oh how I wish I was just bf

thanks for all your comments and I definitely like the idea of dry pailing!!

my baby is 6mo and blooming fabulous
onwards with my reusable nappy journey :-)
thanks again

poocatcherchampion Fri 13-May-16 22:11:27

I only do one wash day a week so the first wash is mostly nappies although I shove in what else I can.

I use the child setting on the machine which gas extra rinses and wash at 60.

If any nappies get chucked in another wash they go at 40. Even if there is poo in.

Its fine
The point of the machine is to get stuff clean

steviewonderful Sat 14-May-16 23:18:51

thanks poocatcher, anything that makes it simpler for me is a bonus :-)

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