If you’ve asked Google how to prepare new cloth nappies, he probably told you to wash them anywhere between 3 and 10 times. But if you’re anything like us (impatient) and don’t like the idea of wasting a whole lot of water to prepare a nappy for first use, this blog post is for you.
The main reason that multiple pre-washes has been traditionally suggested was to increase the absorbency of natural fibres (bamboo, hemp and cotton) prior to first use. Well, the nature of natural fibres hasn’t changed and it’s true that it does take multiple washes for these fabrics to reach peak absorbency… BUT, we’re not big fans of washing stuff 10 times before it can be used. Especially not gorgeous new cloth nappies that you just want to put on your baby!
So here’s our cheat’s way to prep your cloth nappies.
1. Soak boosters overnight in hot water* in a tub or bucket of water.
2. Wash with half a scoop of detergent and line dry.
A few extra points:
We’ve used this method of preparing nappies for a few years now and can attest to its efficacy, but if you’re still a little nervous about putting a nappy on for night use that hasn’t been pre-washed 10 times, put that particular nappy in the wash with your clothes each day until you’re satisfied it will get your little one through.
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