But what about the poo? That is the biggest question we get when faced by new which are exploring the idea of cloth nappies. Cloth nappies are a wonderful eco-friendly alternative to disposable nappies, but let's be honest, dealing with the poop can be a bit daunting, however don't fear - it really is a lot simpler than expected. With the right technique, cleaning cloth nappies can be a breeze. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Babies under the age of 6 months and not yet on solid food do not need any pre-treatment and nappies can be placed straight in your dry pail. Your washing machine will do all the work as the poo is completely water-soluble.
- For babies which have started solid food, drop all solid waste into the toilet and give a light rinse, no need to scrub. This can then be placed in your dry pail.
Pre-treat any stubborn stains with a stain remover if this still remains after your pre-wash, this is an optional step as good detegents and warm/hot cycle temperatures will normally remove any stubborn stains with ease.
If you are still on the fence, there are a couple of products which will make cleaning your cloth nappies a whole lot easier;
- Disposable liners - these simply lay inside your cloth nappy and when baby does a poo remove the liner and place it in your rubbish bin. You can find these HERE.
- Reusable microfleece liners - as above these are designed to catch any poo for an easy clean, these are a washable option that you can find HERE.
- Silicone brush - this will help remove poo quickly and easily so you don't have to touch anything. These are available from your local reject shop or Kmart.
Cleaning cloth nappies may seem overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes just another part of your daily routine. With a bit of patience and the right technique, you can keep your baby's bum happy and the environment happy.