General laundry help


We do not have specific cleaning instructions for toys and non-nappy items. However, usual laundry principles apply – time, temperature, agitation and enough great quality detergent.

Some items won’t take warm to hot washes, and instead, need agitation and spot treatment to get clean. Some items need professional advice.

There is no need to strip items. A short soak in a laundry booster that is suitable for the fabric type, prior to a warm-hot wash is sufficient. Non-nappy items don’t need to be sanitised as they haven’t come into contact with poo or pee.

To remove stains

To remove oxidisable stains, such as food or dirt, soak in laundry booster and follow with a long warm/ hot wash. Alternately spot treat with laundry soap (for example Sard or Sunlight soap) and follow with a long warm/ hot wash.

For delicate fabrics such as silk or wool, use laundry soap or enzyme-free liquid laundry detergent. Learn more about caring for wool.

Rust stains can be a challenge to remove and seem to be resistant to usual stain removal methods. Make a solution using 1 teaspoon citric acid and 1 teaspoon table salt dissolved in boiling water. Apply the solution to the rust spots. Do not use chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) on rust stains as it will oxidise the stain and make it worse.

For smelly items

For example, gym gear/work shirts: treat with laundry booster as above and for regular laundering use warm/hot water and the same amount of detergent in the wash as for nappies.

For greasy items

For example, work clothes: using enough detergent and a hot wash will keep them clean.

For mould removal

See the information on the Mould removal page and treat stains as above.

For makeup removal

Use an appropriate solvent stain remover (available in the laundry aisle at the supermarket) and a warm-hot wash (as much temperature as the fabric will tolerate). For makeup removal on towels, the sanitise cycle on a front loader with adequate detergent should remove any stains. Or use the stains method above in a top loader.

Dye run

See the information on the Colour Run page.


Remove covers and wash gently. A garden hose is helpful when rinsing.

Car Seats

Car seats are often made using fabric with flame retardant properties. Follow manufacturer’s advice for cleaning.