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FAQs


How much do reusable nappies cost?

Roughly a 10th of that of disposable nappies! See 'Real vs disposable - £££'
You also cannot count the environmental cost saving of landfill in the UK.

Also check to see if you local council offer a voucher towards the cost: https://www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk/apply/

How easy are they to use?

Super easy. Come in and let us give you tailored advice and a demonstration. Once you've put one on your baby, you'll see just how easy they are to use, and also very satisfying.

Do resuable nappies leak?

A correctly fitted nappy will not leak until it's absorbency is all used up. If you have any worries or problems, we can help you!

How do I wash them?

The basics are: 

  1. Use your normal detergent, no fabric conditioner. Fill the machine 3/4 full.
  2. Select the longest programme on your washing machine at 60 degrees, with an extra rinse before and after, and a spin under 1000 - this should total >3 hours
  3. Dry anything waterproof (wraps/shells) on a washing rack or line, away from a direct heat source, and anything else can be tumble dried on cool if you wish, or also on a rack/line

Some people prefer to use non-biological powder, and a freshener or mineral bleach too. This is your choice.

We would recommend not using soap nuts, as they don't clean quite as well, and not using Ecover as it seems to quickly form a residue/build up, and can affect elastic.

Some manufacturers' warranties specify non-bio or lower temperatures. Ensure you read the label before washing.

What about the poo?

Babies who are exclusively breastfed - their poo is water soluble, so can go straight in your washing machine.

Once they start eating solids, the poo needs to be removed before you wash the nappies - this is where a liner comes in handy.

Fleece liners are better for the environment, as they are reusable; they also have a 'stay dry' feel.

Disposable liners are NEVER flushable even if they state that they are *, but are particularly useful at nurseries, where staff can dispose of the poo by putting the liner directly in the bin.

*Talk to any plumber, or see this article from the BBC on flushing wet wipes (similar) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46188354

I need advice but I can't get to your shop

Send us a message. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

Alternatively, we recommend joining a facebook group such as 'Cloth bum mums' - https://www.facebook.com/groups/cbmadvice/