Maximising the Lifespan of Your Bamboo Cloth Nappy Inserts

Posted by Melissa Allison on

At EcoNaps, we understand the importance of providing high-quality, long-lasting products for your little ones. Our bamboo cloth inserts are designed to be durable and sustainable, however, proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure their longevity. In this blog post, we'll share some tips on how to maintain the life of your bamboo cloth nappy inserts:

Thirsty Inserts: Each EcoNaps Nappy comes with two thirsty inserts - one short and one long, both of which snap conveniently into your EcoNaps Nappy. Our Bamboo inserts are crafted from super soft and absorbent bamboo terry, comprising 85% Bamboo Viscose top layer and 15% Polyester backing. They are also OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified, ensuring they contain no harmful chemicals.

Expected Wear and Tear: As the insert is the part of the nappy that receives the most wear and tear, especially if you switch out inserts when the nappy is soiled, it's important to understand that inserts are going to wear out the fastest in your cloth nappy system. Just like tires on a car, inserts are expected to be replaced every so often.

Prompt Changing and Rinsing: Did you know that your child's wee and poo can degrade fabric? It's always best practice to change your child's nappy as soon as it is soiled and rinse the insert right away. Ammonia formed from urea within hours can degrade cellulose-based fabrics like bamboo, hemp, and cotton if not washed out properly and quickly enough.

Avoid Caustic Substances: Do not use bleach, whiteners, oxygen-bleach additives/boosters, or any caustic substances listed in our EcoNaps Care Guide, as these can degrade the bamboo fabric and cause them to lose their pile and possibly create holes in the outer layer.

Tumble Drying: Tumble drying will wear out your inserts faster. We do not recommend tumble drying our inserts or boosters per the EcoNaps Care Guidelines. Line dry only until completely dry.

No Fabric Softeners: Avoid adding fabric softener to your cloth nappy loads, as this can decrease absorbency and cause leaks. Instead, give your inserts and booster a gentle whack after they line dry to loosen the pile and create softness.

Follow Care Guidelines: Although inserts may start to look worn over time, you can maximise their longevity by explicitly following our EcoNaps Care Guideline. Following other brand care guidelines or those of outside organisations can accelerate the degradation of your cloth nappies and their inserts.

Replacement Kits: We offer convenient Convertible Bamboo Insert Kits to build your stash, available for purchase here. These kits allow you to easily replenish your supply of inserts when needed.

Handling Curly Inserts: If your insert is curly after a wash, gently stretch it out with your hands while it is wet and hang it vertically to dry on your washing line.

Functionality Over Appearance: Although your inserts might not look brand new, they can still be absorbent and function as intended even when they have some wear and tear. Don't be discouraged if your inserts have a few holes or look worn - they can still serve their purpose effectively.

We hope these tips help you maximise the lifespan of your bamboo cloth nappy inserts and continue to enjoy the benefits of cloth nappies with EcoNaps. 

Happy cloth nappy-ing!

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