Washable Inserts Care
gNappies Washable Inserts are easy to care for if you treat them kindly. Avoid using any type of barrier/nappy cream as they are extremely difficult to remove and will affect the absorbency of the cloth fibers. Do not use bleach or detergents with added softeners or enzymes, as they will eat away at the fibers and your inserts will no longer function as well.
We recommend 2 different ways to store dirty Washable Inserts:
- Dry pail method - After putting any solid waste in the toilet, place soiled or wet Washable Inserts in a lidded pail. You can sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the bottom of the pail to help control odors. Baking soda is safe to use with your Washable Inserts. When it’s time to do the wash, simply empty the whole pail into the washing machine. Any large bucket with a lid will work as a nappy pail.
- Wet bag method - A wet bag is a waterproof, zipped bag that you fill with your wet inserts (again, removing solid waste into the toilet first). On wash day you can dump the contents of the bag into the washing machine, along with the bag itself.
Choose a detergent that is cloth nappy friendly. No added whiteners, brighteners or enzymes. Use only half the amount of detergent that you would use on a regular load of laundry, this prevents detergent build up (which can affect the absorbency). A little bit of detergent, hot water, and the agitation from your machine is enough to disinfect your Washable Inserts. It is very likely that your Washable Inserts will show staining. This is normal. Washable Inserts can be laid in the sun while damp to help fade stains naturally, without damaging the fibers.