Stripping Washable Inserts
Occasionally Washable Inserts will seem to become less absorbent. This can be due to detergent build-up or from the use of barrier/nappy creams (which we do not recommend using with Washable Inserts). You can strip your inserts to get their absorbency back up.
How to Remove Detergent or Hard Water Build-Up
For detergent or hard water build up, you can boil your Washable Inserts. Put them on the stove top in a large pot and boil for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes check the water. If there is any film or residue on the water, repeat the process until the water boils clean.
How to Remove Nappy Cream Build-Up
Barrier/nappy creams can quickly decrease absorbency in Washable Inserts, regardless of brand. If you need to strip your Washable Inserts of nappy cream build up, apply a dot of washing up liquid on each insert and scrub with a soft brush. After you have done this, wash them in the machine on hot, without detergent. Check the machine after the cycle has completed. If there are any bubbles still present, run them through another hot wash without detergent until there are no more traces of bubbles. Then dry them normally in a hot dryer.
If you need to use a nappy cream on your baby, use in conjunction with flushable Cloth Liners, strips of cellulose that lay on top of Washable Inserts and protect the cloth from damaging effects of nappy creams. Flushable Cloth Liners also help with removing solid waste.