How to remove stains, smells and Sanitise™ cloth nappies and diapers

We want it to be easy to use cloth nappies, so we have developed the Clean Cloth Nappies Sanitise™ methods to help you remove stains and smells from cloth nappies and diapers using minimal effort, resources and money.

The Clean Cloth Nappies Sanitise™ information was developed and tested by qualified Chemists.

Why do I need to Sanitise™ my cloth nappies and diapers?

Ammonia and urine go hand in hand, you can’t avoid it occurring, but you can prevent it from causing problems by washing your nappies well to begin with. But even with the best wash routine and washing machine, cloth nappies and diapers can smell and get stained, because after all their job is to catch poo and urine.

Maybe you have bought them second hand, only have access to cold water or have been using a less than great detergent. Have they started smelling, become stained or mouldy? Does your child have a nappy rash, redness or is sick? The good news is it is easy to fix and get them back to stain free, and smelling great.

Sanitisation removes ammonia and any microbes which can cause problems like redness, rashes and fabric degradation.

How do I remove stains, smells and Sanitise™ my cloth nappies and diapers?

The two most effective, economical and accessible options to remove stains, smells and to Sanitise™ are chlorine bleach or a high heat cycle. These are the only methods which will oxidise ammonia. See our chlorine bleach and ammonia information to learn more.

PUL and items with elastics can’t be washed in a 90/95°C sanitise cycle because they can delaminate or become damaged, for this reason we recommend using the specific option listed on the chlorine bleach table for PUL and All in One (AIO) items.

Clean Cloth Nappies Chlorine Bleach Sanitise™

The Clean Cloth Nappies™ Chlorine Bleach Sanitise™ can be used to remove stains and smells from cloth nappies, diapers, clothes and laundry in general.

The Chlorine Bleach Sanitise™ table and information provides you with the correct quantities to use to remove certain stains, and smells easily. It reduces the risk of user error and it is easy! Why do you need the correct quantities? So that the process actually works and you don’t damage your cloth nappies, diapers, clothes and laundry. Don’t guess, it can result in disaster!

How do I use the Chlorine bleach Sanitise™ table?

We have created a chlorine bleach table which calculates the quantity of chlorine bleach you need to sanitise for a variety of applications and problems. It is easy to use and follow.

There are three ways to sanitise using chlorine bleach: using a bucket, in a Front Loader washing machine or in a Top Loader washing machine.

  • Choose what you need to sanitise for- eg minor stains, smells or mould.
  • Choose how you want to sanitise and % concentration of your chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite).
  • The result is the amount of chlorine bleach (in mls) you need, all calculated for you!

What options and problems are included in the chlorine bleach table?

There are 23 options to choose from, including ammonia smells (mild, moderate, extreme), cold water washes, mould (minor and significant), one cycle washes, second hand nappies, minor stains, major stains, bacterial infections (Staphylococcus, Impetigo, Salmonella, Listeria), fungal infections and more.

For full instructions on the Sanitise pages, please subscribe to become a Clean Cloth Nappies Member for AU$15/quarter or AU$30/year.

The Clean Cloth Nappies Sanitise™ information was developed by qualified Chemists. See individual method pages for references.