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Care of All in One Nappies

These instructions give guidelines tailored for how to care for the "new generation" all-in-one nappies (often abbreviated to AIO). Modern all-in-ones are designed with speed of drying as a major feature, thus overcoming the major drawback of the original all in ones. Caring for all-in-ones is similar to other types of nappies, but our Do's & Don'ts and Tips will help you keep them in good condition and lasting for a long time.


1. Remove a wet nappy and remove any removable parts (e.g. additional boosters etc.) and place all parts in your dry nappy bucket or storage bag. If the nappy is soiled allow any solids to drop into the toilet. Using flushable liners and stretching the lining fabric will help. Any remaining soiling will probably will rinse off by putting the washing machine through a pre-wash rinse cycle. However, if you would rather clean further before storing and putting into the machine you can remove excess soiling by flushing the loo whilst holding FIRMLY onto a corner. Finally, put the nappy and insert into your dry nappy bucket.

2. On wash day I recommend running your nappies through a rinse cycle in your machine before washing. This can be a cold rinse.

3. Wash using a 60ºC wash cycle and rinse, though you may find a 40ºC cycle is sufficent. Use only a 1/2 - 2/3 of the recommended amount of detergent (for heavy soiling) to prevent build up of detergent on the fabric. There is no need to soak the nappies or wash hotter than 60ºC.

4. Ideally hang your all in one nappies to dry outside or inside in a warm place, but not directly on a radiator etc. When hanging to dry, place all in one nappies with the lining-side-up to allow the wetness to evaporate effectively. Any separate or flap out boosters/soakers should be allowed to hang loose from the nappy to speed up drying. The "new generation" all in one nappies (e.g. Real Easy nappies, Mommy's Touch, Imse Vimse, Tots Bots Easyfit) have been designed with speed of drying in mind and these will often dry overnight in a warm place. You can tumble dry your all in one nappies if you need to, but use the lowest heat setting to maintain their condition and ensure any Velcro tabs are folded onto the laundry tabs to prevent damage to the nappies.

A few DON'Ts

Caring for your nappies properly will keep them looking and performing their best. Below is a list of things that can harm your nappies and result in leaks.

  • Don't use a greasy nappy barrier or balm cream with all in one nappies which have a synthetic lining (e.g. fleece) as it will leave a greasy residue on the inner lining which is very difficult to remove. If using a cream is necessary because of severe nappy rash use disposable nappy liners to prevent cream getting onto the nappy.
  • Don't use any chlorine bleach products. Chlorine bleach is a strong chemical and will break down the fibres of your nappies as well as polluting the environment.
  • 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 hanging to dry instead.
    Don't wash or dry on HOT or HIGH HEAT! The PUL layer (waterproof outer) is meant for warm or low heat only! Preserve the life of your nappies by following this recommendation.

A few tips

  • Do wash your nappies after every use (i.e. do not add fresh liner or booster to used all in one nappy).
  • Natural-type detergents and soaps are not recommended for nappies containing polyester because of the soap build up they leave. This build up can cause repelling, leaks and rashes in sensitive skin. Cloth nappies do not require much detergent and too much can leave residue on the fibres, possibly causing your nappies to smell, leak, or leave baby with a rash. Use a standard or eco-friendly non-bio detergent.
  • Soaking dirty nappies (in a bucket filled with water & disinfectant or detergent) is not necessary and can cause smells to seep into the synthetic fabrics. A dry nappy bucket with a tight fitting lid works fine for storage, or a drawstring nappy storage bag is great when you have limited space.