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Strip Washing

If you find your nappies are suddenly leaking or smelly you may find strip washing increases the absorbency and stops the smell. Strip washing is done from time to time to deep clean your nappies and eliminate any build up of washing detergent and/or minerals. If you find your nappies are constantly leaking after strip washing, there may be other contributing factors to consider. You’re welcome to contact us for advice regarding the performance of your nappies.

Strip washing should be done sparingly (no more than once every 6 months) as the hot water required to strip nappies will dramatically lower the life span of the absorbent fibres, elastic and PUL. If you have a good wash routine (using a good amount of detergent, rinsing well, drying in part sun or shade) you will not need to strip wash much more than once or twice in the time your baby is in nappies.

This is our extremely easy and successful method;

  1. Ensure your nappies are washed – you want to start with CLEAN nappies. If your nappies have any build up on the surface or stay dry layer scrub them with a toothbrush or nail brush with a small amount of dishwashing liquid and rinse off.

  2. Put all your inserts or nappies into a tub of HOT water. We find a baby bath or big plastic tub works well. You can use the laundry tub if you have a good plug that doesn’t leak!

  3. Add a generous squirt of dishwashing liquid or hair shampoo – the cheaper the better (this is a good opportunity to use up the horrible baby shampoo your great Aunt gave you!) and mix your nappies around in the water until a significant number of bubbles are formed. If you don’t get lots of bubbles you may need to add more detergent / shampoo. As the water will be hot you may need to use a broom handle or wooden spoon for this.

  4. Soak over night., before transferring your nappies to your washing machine. Wash as usual WITHOUT detergent.

  5. Run a 2nd rinse cycle at the end of your wash

  6. Dry as usual. You may find your nappies take much longer to dry

    that usual due to the increase in absorbency.


  1. Don’t strip your entire stash at one time or you may be stuck without nappies! Some people like to put a symbol with fabric marker on the nappies they have stripped or do all one type of nappy at a time (ie fitteds then All-In-Ones).

  2. There is no need to strip wash covers or shells. Remove absorbent inserts and wash alone!

  3. All washing machines work differently and you may find the results with your personal washing machine vary slightly with our method

  4. Nappies are not designed to last forever and strip washing will not perform miracles on nappies that have reached the end of their life span.


*credit to Nest Nappies