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Strip Wash: The Bath Method

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I have used tots bots nappies with all of my children and, apart from the odd leak hear and there, they have always been my go to nappy, but with Beatrix it’s been different. Not one of my old nappies has lasted longer than 30 minutes, all my new ones have been fine, but the old ones just didn’t work. This means that a good two thirds of my nappy collection have been unusable. So last week I decided to take action and do something about  it, I need these gorgeous prints for the summer.

A friend suggested a strip wash using the bath method to ‘rest’ them. I have done strip washes before but never in a such a intense way. It took a whole day and night…

Step 1: Clean nappies – Start with clean nappies, just wash them as you normally would

Step 2: Soak – Fill your bath about halfway and add you mixture 1 cup of detergent and 4 cups of stain remover. I used my normal detergent and Tesco oxy remover, always check that your stain remover doesn’t contain napsin

Step 3: Add nappies – Put the nappies in and give it an occasional stir, leave them for no longer than 4 hours. Drain the water and wring out any excess water from the nappies

Step 4: Machine wash – Move your nappies from the bath to the washing machine and put them through a normal wash with just water

Step 5: Cold wash – Move your nappies back to the bath, I know my washing machine is no where near my bath either! Soak them in cold water for 30 minutes with a laundry sanitiser, I used the Dettol version. You will need a litre for a half a bath tub of water

Step 6: Rinse – Drain the bath and use warm water to rinse the nappies, then Wring out any excess

Step 7: Wash – Move your nappies back to the washing machine and give them 2 – 4 long hot washes, I did two washes at 40 that lasted around 3 hours each.

Step 8: Dry – Dry as normal, ideally outside.

The result- IT WORKED. My nappies are now fluffier and lasting longer, so far no leaks 🙂

This is the method I used but there are many more available with different recommendations. It is always worth checking the manufacturer suggestions first.

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