Why do I need to sanitise?

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

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. But sometimes for one reason or another, it’s just not that easy to wash your nappies well. They get stinky, get stains, mould spots, or your child develops a nappy rash, redness or gets sick. Maybe you’ve purchased them second hand, or you’ve used a less than great detergent, for these reasons you need to sanitise.

Stain removal with chlorine bleach

Chlorine bleach oxidises and removes certain stains easily. The Clean Cloth Nappies™ Chlorine Bleach Sanitise information and tables provide the correct quantities to use and reduces the risk of user error. It is easy as this! Why do you need the correct quantities? So that the process actually works and you don’t damage your laundry.

How can I sanitise?

The two most effective, economical and accessible options for sanitisation are chlorine bleach or using heat sanitise cycle. These are the only methods which will oxidise ammonia. See our chlorine bleach and ammonia information to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

How do I use the chlorine bleach table?

  • Choose what you need to sanitise for.
  • 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 applications or problems are included in the chlorine bleach table?

There are 23 options to choose from, including ammonia (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.

Our Sanitise information is based on a variety of studies, microbiology and chemistry! See individual method pages for references.