smelly cloth nappies

Smelly Cloth Nappies: We discuss three main reasons why.

smelly cloth nappiesIn 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.

First reason

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.”

Tennille says, “For my smaller machine, 5 kg, I would use a little less than the recommended dose of detergent, but for my BIG machine, 10 kg, I use double the amount of detergent when the machine is full.”
Second reason
Not completely dry – If your boosters are not 100% dry they will smell the minute they get wet again. Bamboo will take will take longer to dry, but can be quicker if used in your AI2s or pockets.
Trudy says, “I found my AIO’s could take an entire day longer to dry because they have more absorbency in the shell. Microfibre and bamboo especially if inside a shell will take a very long time to dry.”
Tennille says, “My fitted bamboo nappies would take 2-4 days to dry during Winter in Perth. With no dryer and cold, wet weather it was a challenge. I would place them in the driest room of the house, hopefully where the sun was.”

Third reasons

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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!

Trudy says, “My second daughter had very acidic smelly wee. I changed her every hour on the hour at the minimum not just because of he smell but because the wee caused horrid nappy rash. I would recommend rinsing even the wee ones immediately after taking them off. If the wee is very acidic it can “eat” bamboo nappies and you will start to find holes and fraying in your nappies. As long as the wee is diluted quickly any damage will be minimal.”

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.”

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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.

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