In this lovely and short article, Trudy takes us through the 3 main reasons for smelly cloth nappies. Trudy and Tennille add their own experiences and practical solutions.
Not enough detergent – depending on the hardness of your water where you live you may need a little more detergent. Also look at the size of your machine, a regular load is generally based on a 6 kg machine.
Trudy says, “My machine is 10 kg and if the machine is full I use twice the amount of recommended detergent in the wash. You really need to alter the amount of detergents according to your load size to help prevent smelly cloth nappies.”
Highly acidic wee – wee can be make really smelly cloth nappies, especially if it is acidic or bub is unwell. Rinsing your cloth nappies immediately and changing more often will assist with the offensive smell. Also sticking with natural materials, like cotton, hemp or bamboo will assist in decreasing smells. Microfibre is notorious for holding onto smells!
Tennille says, “My Buddha Boy had really smelly, acidic and loose poos that would hurt his tush. We switched to cotton prefolds to assist with clean up and smelly cloth nappies. Luckily we did, as our Last Boy had smelly acidic wee that would cause blisters on his privates. Those prefolds came in really handy again, as we bought more to assist with more nappy changes. They dried quickly, opened up to assist with breeze circulation and were quick to use.”
We truly believe that unless you have a buildup then strip washing will do no good at all. Strip washing will NOT help with smelly nappies, it does nothing more in that regard than simply washing does. The wind and sun are the best sanitiser and deoderiser you will come across for nappies.
Please let us know if we can be of any further help.
The Cloth Nappy Doctor