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Cloth Myths

Washing and Drying


  • You can safely use bleach on cloth nappies provided it has been diluted properly. Although it is possible that using bleach will mean your warranty is no longer valid from certain suppliers.

  • Steri-nappy is not going to destroy your nappies.....SOAKING in anything for an extended period (few hours or longer) will.

  • You can use mainstream detergents like Omo, Skip, Bio Classic etc on your nappies as long as it does not contain softener.

  • Detergents do not cause build up, soap does. They may leave residues but these are harmless and will wash out. 

  • Residue is something that is left behind. If residues built up then all our clothes would be gunky too. Detergent is designed and formulated to wash out.

  • Don’t be afraid of using enough detergent - rather get clean nappies and do an extra rinse vs having smelly nappies. 

  • A tablespoon of detergent won't clean anything! Especially not dirty poopy bacteria filled - nappies!

  • You don't get poopy clothes from washing in your machine

  • You can safely wash all nappies (yes also PUL) at up to 60C (be aware some retailers limit temperatures)

  • You can also wash your nappies in cold water and they will still come out clean. You might just need to use more detergent or a longer wash cycle.

  • Natural softeners are okay to use on natural fibres but no Stasoft and Comfort. You do not need softeners on synthetic fibers.

  • A few drops of tea tree oil is not effective to sterilise your nappies. You need about 30 drops per litre of water.

  • You can safely tumble dry your nappies on low - yes even the PUL. Just don't tumble dry on high heat.


  • Nappies do not need to be stripped on a regular basis. With proper wash routine, you never need to strip. If you get stink issues often, it means your washing routine needs tweaking.

  • If you constantly need to strip then change your detergent or washing routine because your nappies are not getting cleaned properly.

  • Also refer to the document on Stripping in the “Washing Your Cloth” section

Time and Effort

  • Washing nappies does NOT take hours of extra time! Really, the machine does it. Refer to Cloth Chores.

  • Yes, you can cloth diaper when working full-time.


  • Be realistic!! A cloth diaper is not supposed to be on the bum for 6 hours in the day! Not even a disposable should be on for that long. For hygienic reasons it is recommended to change cloth and disposables every 2-3hours - with a toddler as soon as they pee.


  • Cloth nappied kids are actually less prone to rashes vs kids wearing disposable nappies. This is bec ause cloth is more breathable than plastic.



  • It does not cost more in the long run after electricity, detergent and water is taken into account. See a breakdown of cost in the “New to Cloth” section

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  • The biggest myth is that cloth diapers aren't saving the environment because of all the detergent, energy and water used to wash them. Manufacturing disposables costs a lot more in terms of water and energy than washing cloth! Disposables also use up more natural resources (wood pulp) and contribute to chemicals sitting in our landfills for centuries.

  • Nothing we do has zero impact on the environment, but we can choose the options with less impact.

Types of Cloth Diapers


  • You do not need to have an entire stash of just one type of nappy. Also, there is no such thing as the 'best' nappy. All types work really well, it all depends on personal preference and your baby's build. Cloth nappies are made to fit different shapes and sizes.

  • One-size-fits-all is a misnomer. It should be one-size-fits-most. One size nappies generally don't fit newborns. All one-size nappies aren't created equal either - some are bigger, some are smaller.

  • Cloth diapering is as expensive or inexpensive as you decide to make it. You do not HAVE to buy expensive diapers. Nothing wrong with plain terry squares and covers. On the flip side, there is N=nothing wrong with expensive and beautiful nappies either. 

  • You also don't need to buy a full stash before you start cloth diapering. Start with one or two and buy more as you go along.

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