Is there a special way of washing our dribble bibs?
They are best washed under 40 degrees on a normal spin cycle with your preferred detergent. For best results, line dry the bibs which helps reduce pillage and shrinking of the cotton. They can be placed in the dryer, it is recommended on a low heat to avoid shrinkage of the cotton.
This is applicable for all our hand made items; dribble bibs, long bibs, burp cloths, square taggy with plastic clip removed, dummy clips (place in a delicates bag for wash) and maple teether tags that have been removed from the wooden teether.
For our feeding bibs, follow the labels washing directons.
Do I need to soak my cloth nappies and liners?
Prior to first use, soak the Bamboo Liners in plain cold water for 8 hours, then wring gently and dry thoroughly. Wash the Covers seperately in a regular wash with minimal detergents. We recommend a warm gentle wash only (40ºc) as excessive heat will degrade the fabric over time. Use a little washing detergent only.
Modern cloth nappies are easy because they don’t require bleaching, soaking, hot washing, ironing; or any of those mundane and time consuming jobs that make traditional cloth nappies seem like a chore. Once used, simply empty the contents of the soiled nappy into the toilet (or you can use a bio-degradable flushable liner for this if you don’t like the mess) and throw the nappy in a dry nappy bucket, or straight in the wash. Do not soak as doing so will only spread bacteria. For stubborn stains or potent wees, it is a good idea to rinse and ring out the nappy after use, before storing in the bucket ready for washing.
How do I wash cloth nappies and liners?
Firstly, please do not use bleach or nappisan, it is not necessary and can damage the waterproof lining. For best washing results, choose either a pre-wash (or rinse) then wash cycle (no soaking!). Cold or warm washing and drying your nappies on the line or in a warm dryer, will kill any germs. In addition, the bamboo fabric has its own natural antibacterial properties that will help keep the nappy from going moldy. Do not use fabric softener as this will damage the waterproof lining as well as decrease the absorbency of the bamboo fabric.
Wash wet and soiled nappies promptly – we recommend washing within 24 hours of use, to prevent the urine from corroding the fabrics and stains and odors from developing. Note: if your baby has particularly acidic (or stinky/concentrated) urine, please rinse your nappies immediately after use and before placing them in the nappy bucket. This will help prevent the urine from corroding the fabric. Regular wash in plenty of cold or warm water. We recommend cold to 40ºC, but not hotter than 60°C maximum as the heat will degrade the bamboo fabric over time. Note: many modern washing machines, particularly front loaders, do not use much water in the regular cycle at all. This is not enough to clean your nappies! The nappies will easily soak up such small volumes of water and there will be none left to clean them! Use the ‘extra water’ setting and try not to cram the machine too full.
How do I dry cloth nappies and liners?
Dry immediately after washing. We advise line drying as often as possible. To reduce the strain on the bamboo fabric and the elastic, remove the liners and hang separately. Hang your nappies and liners directly over the middle so there is an equal weight hanging on each side of the line. Using an electric dryer sometimes is ok. Use a warm setting only (not hot) to prevent the bamboo from shrinking or the waterproof lining to blister. Try to dry the absorbent liners ONLY in the tumble dryer and keep your nappy shells over a clothes horse (to protect the waterproof lining in the outer shell).
Ensure nappies are very dry and before re-using. If the bamboo fabric is cool to touch, it is not dry. Nappies that are not fully dry before use will not be as absorbent and may leak.
What detergent should I use?
Choose a very plain washing detergent – liquid or powder. Choose one with no whiteners, brighteners, softeners, perfumes or other added enzymes. Use only the amount of detergent as instructed; using extra will build up in the fabrics and reduce absorbency.
What is Strip Washing?
If your nappies are starting to smell when your baby does a wee or are only lasting a short time before leaking, it may be time to do a strip wash. Strip washing can be done in a few different ways but the idea is to clean out any built up detergents or nappy rash creams etc to restore the absorbency and remove any lingering smells.
Wash your nappies prior to undertaking a strip wash so that you are ‘stripping’ clean nappies. If your washing machine is a top-loader nappies can be ‘stripped’ by doing a hot wash with a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Keep rinsing until there are no more suds. However, please note that dishwashing liquid is not suitable for use in front-loaders.
An alternative way to do a strip wash if you have a front loader is with bicarb soda and white vinegar. Use half a cup of bicarb soda instead of detergent and add a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle (put in the fabric softener dispenser) and wash with hot water. Once again, rinse until there are no more suds.
After strip washing always hang nappies on the line to dry.
Some notes to remember:
- Strip washes should not be undertaken on a regular basis but rather as needed, usually about once every couple of months. Undertaking this technique too often will be detrimental to your nappies/PUL.
- Washing with only half the normal detergent will stop you having to strip wash as often.
- Strip washing should only be done when nappies start to smell or stop being as absorbent.
- Using liquid dishwashing detergent in wash can help strip wash but you must continue to use the rinse mode until there are no bubbles left.
- Dry in the sun as much as possible to kill all bacteria and help remove smells
- Do not use Napisan on your shells or boosters as it just clogs the material further and breaks down the nappy
What is the best way to look after amber jewellery?
- Because amber is soft and can be brittle, it’s important to be careful that it not come in contact with chemicals.
- Amber should not be stored with other jewellery where it can rub against other pieces, especially metals.
- Be sure to keep perfume, hairspray, and soaps like shampoo and conditioner away from the amber, and never place your jewellery in commercial cleaning solutions.
- Remove your amber jewellery when bathing. Also remove when applying sunscreen.
- To clean your amber, use a soft flannel cloth or an unused toothbrush dampened with clean lukewarm water.
- Dry in the sun or with a clean tissue or towel.
How long should amber last for?
In theory Baltic amber, if cared for, could last forever. However it is also extremely old and brittle, and eventually beads will break. Also over time the surface of the beads tend to get coated with soap scum and other substances and the beads should be cleaned on a regular basis. So if you clean your amber and are careful with it, it should last for years.
Supervision and Safety Note:
Our baby and children amber is individually knotted between each bead. Children under the age of 3 are to be supervised at all times when wearing the amber product. Amber is to be worn, not chewed. Amber necklaces should be removed while your child is sleeping.
Why organic cotton?
Organic cotton baby clothes are beautifully soft, durable and most importantly non toxic which makes it a perfect fabric choice for our robust and ever growing little beans. It also has the added bonus of being hypoallergenic which makes it beneficial for babies that may suffer from pesty eczema or for little ones with super sensitive skin that gets irritated easily and is beautifully soft option as sleep wear. Our skin is our largest organ and around 60% of what goes onto it is absorbed into our bloodstream so it makes sense then, to choose fabrics that are safe and as organic and chemical free as possible.
As mum’s, when we buy clothes for our little people we generally don’t think about how that piece of clothing has come to be, or the journey that the piece of fabric has been on. As organic cotton baby wear becomes more popular the health risks of conventional cotton are being exposed. That gorgeous little piece of baby clothing may look harmless but the cotton it is made from would of been grown from a genetically modified cotton seed that has been doused with harmful pesticides of which are determined by the World Health Organization as cutely hazardous and carcinogenic. And that fabric is sitting on our highly delicate babies skin. Then, the manufacturing process also uses it’s own array of chemicals to prime and finish the material such APEO which is a known hormone disrupter and in addition there are the finishing chemicals such Formaldehyde which is used to improve stain resistance, fireproof and soften the fabric. It’s lovely swag of health risks include burning eyes, nose, and throat, as well as difficulties with sleep and concentration. To top it off it is also a known carcinogenic.
Buying organic cotton baby wear or changing your lifestyle to being more ‘organic’ is not meant to be an overwhelming experience however with a myriad of factors sometimes it can be, remember though, that a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, start small and let the journey unfold. Your health and body will thank you.