Industry standard recommends “dry-pailing” for used cloth nappies. A dry pail is a term used for an open aired bucket storage system which allows maximum aeration of your items until machine-wash day. Preferably a strong reusable plastic option allowing you to regularly also wash your dry-pail alongside your nappies.
In days gone by, cloth terry squares used to be soaked and bleached, sitting in buckets awaiting their main wash.
This practice is no longer supported nor encouraged for modern cloth nappies, as our machines will do the brunt of the hard work for us!
Dry-pailing avoids your nappy storage becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, so the drier the storage solution - the better.
You want to ensure high air flow and light space for your storage solution. You may have the slightest of odours with an initial change, but it is not common to have any foul presence left by your dry pail solution.
We recommend the Strucket as a handy solution for your soiled nappies. We advise having the inner strainer component elevated and sitting high against the outer bucket unit. This provides maximum aeration for your nappies between washes.
If you are opting to hand-rinse any soiled nappies after removing from your baby, the base unit of the Strucket will catch any drips.
Come wash day, you can then empty your dry-pail in to the machine. You may choose to give your Strucket inner a clean and air out.
Using dry-pail-liners, also known as large wet-bags, are not advised as a storage solution for your nappies. Wet bags are for temporary storage of soiled items for upwards of 24 hours (Eg Day outings, overnight stays, day care etc). It is not advised to hold a bulk amount of soiling and damp items in a sealed environment for longer periods.
Will my Dry-pail smell?
We recommend storing your dry pail in a highly ventilated and dry space, this will minimise any smells. We don’t find any lingering smells and it is not a common problem. You may like to drop some essential oils in the base compartment of your Strucket where needed.
It is not recommended to store your soiled items for longer than 2-3 days before machine washing.
Strucket can be used in a variety of ways, including: nappies, cloth pads, cloth wipes, soiled baby items, sanitising and stripping items or toys, soaking or bleaching items where you don’t wish to touch wet messes.
You can also use in the kitchen, outdoors, garden, beach, camping and more!
Simply moisten the stain and work the netted soap in to a lather on the stain. Then rinse. Not only will your item look fresh, but it will also smell fresh!
*For more delicate items such as cloth pads and nappy inserts, you may find removing the bar from the net more gentle on the fabrics.
Our natural fibre and polyester inners across our range of reusables may result in lingering markings on occasion over repeated use and this is not uncommon and indeed normal. You can rest assured that when following our recommend product washing guides, that items will be sufficiently cleaned.
Marks that can cause concern are potential mould spots which will appear as small spots in dark green/dark grey/black. This will be due to insufficient washing routine or when pads were not sufficiently dried before storing away in between uses.
We recommend using trying our Tuff Stuff bars for optimum stain removal, you can lather items and hand rinse or keep the lather on the items and add to your machine wash.
How washing alongside your Tuff Stuff will provide optimum results.
Your Tuff Stuff bar will arrive packaged in a net, of which can be used to help offer a deep agitation to soiled stubborn marks.
For more delicate items, such as cloth pads or various apparel, you may wish to remove the netting (or peel half back so you can still use the netting on the other half of the bar for other items) and then gently rub the non-netted side in to the marks to protect your fabric.
Tuff Stuff bars consist of the following ingredients:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Vegetable Shortening
- Essential Oils of Lemon Eucalyptus
The bars are vegan, non toxic and natural. Each bar is hand made in Tasmania, Australia.
Blended with Lemon and Eucalyptus, this bar helps lift stubborn stains and smells from all textiles, including: cloth nappies, cloth pads, clothing, carpet, upholstery, shoes etc!
This bar has reportedly successfully removed dirt, grease, oil, grass stains, red wine, blood and ink from textiles!
Kin Kin laundry range is a vegan, non-toxic, grey water safe option for your laundry. It is suitable for all apparel, including reusable nappies and pads.
For best results use Kin Kin in each cycle at 40-60 degrees. You can compliment your washing cycle with a booster.
For a more comprehensive washing guide for your Kin Kin, please review the detergent index compiled by Clean Cloth Nappies.
We offer a range of sizes to suit budgets and needs. The larger the size, the more discounted the detergent. The bulk drum of 20L being the most economical.
Ingredients:Coconut-Derived Anionic and Non-Ionic Surfactants (No Alcohol Ethoxylate, LAS Or SLS), Rainwater, Potassium Coconut Soap, Potassium Citrate, Enzymes, Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil.
Dr Bronner cleaning range provides a variety of uses- over 18 listed on the bottle alone. Dilute your castile soap in water for all needs. Dilution specific ratios are listed on the bottle labelling for reference.
The great things about this range include it’s Multi-purpose function and the fact it is non-toxic and unscented.
Certified Fair trade and made with Organic Oil.
100% Post-consumer recycled plastic bottle.
The Baby balm is great for nappy rash, teething rash and other potential nappy related sensitivities.
The balm is also suitable for all skin types of any age, to nourish, heal, moisturise, soften and can be used for the following: Cracked nipples, belly balm, baby massage balm, adult skin care.
It is suitable for travel purposes in its compact tub.
Our Dr Bronner Organic Baby Balm is ideal for use with our nappies. However, you may wish to consider using a reusable/disposable liner as balms may result in residue sticking to the inserts and will reduce absorption.
The reusable fleece liners are quick to clean in your machine cycles, which help protect your inserts from ay extended balm use.
Whilst Dr Bronner can be used for washing your general household laundry, it may not provide the best results for your cloth nappies given that the dosage would need to be high to provide a thorough clean of the layers.
We recommend Kin Kin for the nappies as the best non-toxic option.
You can use Dr Bronner for cleaning your pads if you are hand washing your pads, they are gentle on the fibres and work best as a soaking solution in between machine washing days, or if you are washing in higher temperatures such as 40-60 degrees.
No synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.
Stainless steel pegs are an eco-friendly solution to the typical plastic peg commonly used in households. Stainless steel pegs are hardier, stronger and can bear heavier wet products.
They will offer longevity and reduce plastic peg use and landfill contribution.
We offer two varieties available in packs of 30 pegs and come with a handy 100% natural jute bag which are compostable.
Grade 304 Stainless Steel – The “tough” grade for higher corrosion and rust resistance that can be left outside without being too bothered about this. *Not appropriate for coastal locations- see our 316 grade below.
Appropriate for windy conditions.
Size: 2mm x 60mm length
Grade 316 Stainless Steel – The “marine” grade and the toughest, anti-rust steel pegs available. Ideal for families who live near the beach.
Size: 2mm x 60mm length