• Before the first use, soak inserts in warm water for 24 hours
  • Wash everything before first use
  • Dry in the sun (preferable) or cool tumble dry
  • Adjust snaps to fit as bub grows

With a little care, you'll be able to reuse them for years or pass them on (and make our planet smile).

Once the nappy has been changed, separate the inner from the outer, and either dispose of the nappy liner, or rinse and recycle as a nappy wipe.

Then remove solids. A popular option is a rubber brush, which is cheap, and easy to clean and disinfect. This brush helps remove the poo from the nappy, and ensures a better wash, and more effective use of the washing machine and detergent.

Put the cloth nappy into a dry bucket, pail, basket, whatever. If you have the room, get two baskets, ensuring both have plenty of airflow. Use one for dumping that day's used nappies into, and the other for storing the prewashed nappies in readiness for the main wash. Prewash cycle should be between 40 and 60 degrees with a half dose of your chosen detergent, once a day., followed by a 2-3 hour main wash cycle with a full dose of detergent every 2-3 days. Water temp again around the 40 and 60 degrees mark, with a 60 degree wash preferable.

Hang out in the sun to dry and disinfect. Alternatively, you can hang inside until almost dry, then run through a warm, not hot, clothes dryer. The sun is a natural disinfectant and whitener, great for helping remove stains.