Thankfully, caring for your Knickernappies products is just as easy as caring for the rest of your laundry!
How do I wash Knickernappies diapers?
Simply run a cold rinse to wash off most of the ickies and prevent stains from setting. Then wash on hot with 2 or 3 Tablespoons of detergent*. Then either dry in the dryer or hang dry.
First wash before use: no special instructions for the first wash, but I highly recommend drying in the dryer the first time and once a month or so afterwards. This does help to seal the PUL nice and tight.
*For detergent, the actual amount that is best for you may vary depending on machine and water quality. Most people find that 2 to 3 tablespoons works for a top-loading machine and about 2-3 teaspoons for a front-loading machine.
Do not use most free & clear detergents. Also do not use Dreft or ALL Baby. In general, these will cause buildup.
Allen's Naturally, Country Save, Mountain Green, Tide, Tide Free, and Planet all work well. Also, diaper-specific detergents such as BumGenius Detergent, Tiny Bubbles, and Rockin' Green are safe to use.
Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
Do not use rash creams as they can cause buildup and leaking. A light layer of coconut oil on the skin is fine to use. Also, Maalox is a common remedy that is fine to use with cloth diapers.
Do not use bleach as it can cause the PUL to fail. Bac-Out and Oxyclean can be used occasionally to prevent odors and staining.
Do not wash in water temperatures above 150 degrees F. High heat can harm the waterproof layer and can warp snaps.
You may dry them in the dryer or hang them to dry. If you choose to hang dry, go ahead and machine dry them once in a while to keep the PUL sealed.
Do I need to prep my Just-Hemp inserts?
Yes, the hemp for the Just-Hemp inserts is not prewashed so it will need 3-4 washings separate from your diapers. You may wash them with other laundry (towels, clothing, etc) as long as the detergent recommendations are followed.
It can take up to 8 washings for hemp to be fully absorbent. You may use the inserts prior to this, just remember that they aren't fully primed so you may need to change diapers more often.
Do I need to prep my LoopyDo inserts, SuperDo inserts, or Stay-Dry Hemp Doublers?
No. The hemp in these inserts has been prewashed so that it won't leave buildup on the microfiber or microfleece. These can be washed immediately with the rest of your diaper laundry. However, it will take 4-6 washings for these to become fully absorbant. You may use them in the meantime, but understand they aren't at their peak yet!
Can the Doorknob Diaper Pails be washed with my diapers?
Yes! Just wash and dry with your diapers.
How do I wash the nursing pads and menstrual pads?
Nursing pads can be washed with your baby's laundry or with your own. We do not recommend washing with diapers for sanitary reasons. No special instructions apply.
Menstrual pads, however, can be washed easily with diapers. You may want to rinse them first with cold water to prevent stains from setting but you can also skip this step. Simply toss them in the diaper pail, wash and dry with diapers. If you don't do diaper laundry, then they can be washed with towels or whatever laundry you feel comfortable washing them with. Use 1/2 the amount of detergent you'd normally use to keep your pads absorbant.