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Wash Care for your JannaNanna Cloth Diapers

          Our cloth nappies are made with you and your family in mind. I designed and tested all of our products and materials extensively on my own children before our brand and products became what it is today. This gives me peace of mind as I know that what I am putting out there is the best that I can give you.


          From time to time production flaws do happen or we miss something in quality control. If you have ANY quality concerns, flaws or issues with your products do not hesitate to contact me on 066 253 8789 so that I may assist you in finding a solution to the problem.


          If there are obvious product issues upon receiving your items they must be reported within 7 days from receipt of those items. If something goes awry with one of our items within the first 30 days, from purchase, contact me immediately so that I can mend or replace that product. Everyone's lives and wash routines will be a little different and thus can affect the wear of nappies differently. Know that with a little extra care your JannaNanna nappies can last many years on more than one child without the function of our nappies being compromised! 

About Our Cotton:


         Very Importantly Note, that we use very high quality 100% locally milled and knitted cotton fleece for all of our absorbent products. Cotton takes quite a few washes to become fully absorbent, especially our delicious squishy and super absorbent natural cotton. Although we do give it a good long hot wash and tumble dry before making your lovely items, this specific cotton still takes at least 8-10 washes before reaching its maximum absorbency.


         If you put our natural cotton straight onto the bum after purchasing, your nappies will most likely leak as the cotton wont absorb the urine well. Please don't be alarmed. Chuck the items in with the regular washing a couple of times and it will reach full absorbency before you know it! 


General Nappy Wash Guide:


  • Take the nappy off the bum & rinse poop off your liner using a bidet or other hand held sprayer or using the swish and rinse method in the toilet. Then wring the nappy out and place it in your dedicated, ventilated nappy wash basket in a ventilated room.


  • If there is no poop then place your nappies directly into the dedicated, ventilated nappy wash basket in the ventilated room.


  • We recommend that, at the end of each day, you rinse your nappies in one of the following 2 ways: Either chuck into your washing machine and give a pre-rinse on cold OR chuck all your nappies into old bath water, swish the nappies around and then give them a good twist to get all the excess water out. Whereafter placing the rinsed nappies back into your dedicated, ventilated nappy wash basket in a ventilated room.


  • If you have dedicated night nappies they must be rinsed immediately with warm water or as soon as possible once they come off the bum. Night nappies tend to get ammonia buildup if not rinsed in this manner which will cause a terrible stink in your nappies and can cause burns and rashes on your little one’s sensitive areas.


  • Next is wash day! Once your dedicated, ventilated nappy wash basket is nice and full and you still have one day’s worth of nappies left, you can put all your nappies and covers into your washing machine, making sure that your machine is about ⅔ full. When the water is in your machine, it should be what is called a “soupy consistency”. If your nappies vs water ratio is too much or too little there will not be enough agitation to get your nappies nice and clean. If you don’t have enough nappies then you can throw in a hand towel or two to help with agitation, you can even put your pre-rinsed nappies in with your regular laundry as long as you use the longest cycle.


  1. A pre rinse and spin on cold is recommended

  2. Use any household washing detergent that does NOT contain fabric softener. Softener will build up in the absorbent fibres of your nappies after extended use and make them less absorbent.

  3. Baby detergents and gentle detergents do not clean soiled nappies sufficiently

  4. Use the recommended amount of detergent for your machine for a heavily soiled load of your specific detergent

  5. If you are washing on cold wash only you can increase your detergent a little

  6. We recommend a regular 40 degree celsius wash for your nappies 

  7. Followed by a long cotton or regular cycle on your machine

  8. Followed by a rinse


*Washing on cooler temperatures (30 deg or less) will keep the longevity of colour in your nappies

**Washing on warmer temperature (40 - 60 deg ) will more thoroughly clean your nappies in a shorter time


After washing, rinse and spin you can dry your nappies in one of 2 ways:

  1. Tumble all cotton parts on low heat in the tumble dryer and hang the covers and nappy shells in a ventilated area in the shade

  2. You can hang all of your nappy parts in a ventilated area in the shade, Cotton parts may be hung in direct sunlight, bare in mind that the sun fades certain dyes and fabrics ( due to cotton being a natural absorbent fiber it will take significantly longer to dry, especially fitted nappies and inserts)


Stinky Issues:


Although following a good washing routine should mean that you never have any stink issues with your nappies, it can still happen that from time to time your nappies might need a little freshening up. And there may be a time when you find yourself asking if you need to do the dreaded bleach strip on your beloved nappy stash


To freshen up your nappies you can:


If your nappies still smell terrible, I mean really terrible, after being washed or after being wee’d in or in the washing basket then it may be time to strip. The only other time you will need to strip is if your little one has a fungal / yeast infection as bleach and heat is the only proven way to kill the fungal spores. 


For more on bleach stripping your nappies you can go to

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