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Care of BumGenius V4

Instructions on using and caring for your nappies are not routinely sent with orders. However, copies are available if requested. Please state in the "request information" box at the checkout what you require. All information is also available on the website.

Care of bumGenius V4

Caring for your bumGenius nappies is easy, but a few simple do's and don't will help to maintain their condition.

1. Take off a wet nappy, remove the insert and put it into your dry nappy bucket with the nappy shell. If the nappy is soiled stretch the suedecloth, and shake any solids into the toilet. Most should just drop into the toilet - if there is still a lot of soiling on the nappy you will find this will rinse off by putting the washing machine through a pre-wash rinse cycle. If you would rather clean further before putting into the machine you can rinse more poo off by flushing the loo whilst holding FIRMLY onto a corner. Put the bumgenius nappy shell and inserts into your dry nappy bucket.

2. On wash day it is recommended that you run your nappies through a cold rinse cycle in your machine before washing.

3. Wash using a 40ºC or 60ºC wash cycle and rinse. Use only 1/2 the recommended amount of non-biological detergent to prevent build up of detergent on the fabric. There is no need to soak bumgenius nappies, and they will last better if you don't. There is no need to hot wash them either.

4. Ideally hang your bumGenius to dry outside (weather permitting or course!) or inside in a warm place but NOT directly on a radiator etc. The shells will dry in a few hours. Inserts will take a little longer, though in a warm place should dry in a day. You can tumble dry your bumGenius nappies if you need them quickly, but use the lowest heat setting to maintain their condition. Always ensure the laundry tabs are fastened on the hook and loop version to prevent them sticking together and snagging.

5. To make bumgenius even easier to use store them snapped down into the desired position and ready-stuffed with the required level of absorbency.

A few DON'Ts

  • Don't use a nappy barrier or balm cream with these nappies- it will leave a greasy residue on the suedecloth which is very difficult, if not impossible, to remove. If you want to use a cream because of severe nappy rash use one of our bottom salves which will wash off nappies, or use nappy liners to prevent cream getting onto the nappy (ensuring you use enough liners to completely cover the nappy), or temporarily switch to a different nappy system to preserve your pocket nappies.
  • Don't use any bleach products. Chlorine bleach is a strong chemical and will break down the fibre in your nappies. If bumgenius nappies become stained, hang them in the sun, it can works wonders! Failing this, use a little spot on stain remover prior to washing, or try rubbing with soda crystals before washing as usual (available from the supermarket, cheap and eco-friendly). Ensure any stain remover/soda crystals are adequately rinse from the nappy before using on your baby.
  • Don't use fabric softener. It will coat the fabrics, making them water repellent and will cause leaks! Be aware that if you use dryer sheets in your dryer for other laundry this can coat your dryer and transfer to your nappies. If you encounter leaks, try hang drying instead.
  • Don't wash or dry on HOT or HIGH HEAT! Although tumble-drying is fine, do so on the "low" or "gentle" setting to preserve the waterproofing and elastic. The PUL layer (waterproof outer) may be permanantly damaged if you hang bumgenius shells directly on a hot radiator.
  • Don't use tea tree oil in the laundry with pocket nappies. Whilst some people recommend this, we have found that it may coat the nappy fibes and cause them to repel liquid (and leak) or retain odours.

A few tips

  • Do wash your nappies after every use(i.e. do not add fresh insert to a used bumgenius nappy).
  • Use sufficient but not excessive detergent. We recommend that you check the recommended does of your detergent for heavily soiled laundry for the level of awater hardness you have. Then use 1/2 to 2/3 of this recommended amount. This is because too much detergent can leave residue on the fibres, possibly causing your nappies to smell, leak, or cause a rash. Using too little detergent will result in inadequate cleaning of the nappies. We recommend an ecologically responsible detergent such as Ecover to wash bumgenius.
  • Soaking dirty nappies is not necessary (e.g. in a bucket filled with water & disinfectant or detergent). A dry nappy bucket with a tight fitting lid or a wet nappy storage bag works fine. Soaking may cause smells to set in to the nappies and may cause discolouration.

If you have any queries or problems please feel free to contact us.

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