Strip & Sanitise Instructions (UK)

Before undertaking an S&S, check whether the process is actually needed, see What To Strip? What To Sanitise? (UK) prior to starting. See Strip & Sanitise FAQ’s for the most common questions asked about the process.  

Choose one of the Strip options, then one of the Sanitisation options.

Strip Instructions

Strip Option: Laundry booster + Detergent

  • Per 10L of water
  • 6tsp laundry booster
  • 6tsp of powder detergent or 1 cap of liquid detergent

Use high quality detergents such as Ariel, Daz, Surf, Bold. See the Detergent Index for more options.

Use a laundry booster with enzymes such as Vanish Gold, Vanish Gold Crystal White, Vanish Oxi Action, Tesco Oxy or ASDA Oxy.
Do not use Napisan, this is not the same as Australian Vanish/Napisan and does not contain enzymes.

Soak…

  • Start with clean nappies
  • Fill the strip vessel with hot tap water (no more than 60 degrees C)
  • Add the mix and dissolve well
  • Add items, soak for 4 hours
  • Stir occasionally
  • Drain and wring excess water

Wash…

Transfer to washing machine for a water only wash cycle at any temperature to wash out the strip mix, using a regular length cycle such as Daily/Normal/Regular/Fuzzy Wash.

Once the stripping part has been completed, follow on with sanitisation. If sanitisation can not be done immediately after the strip, it can be completed the following day.
Sanitisation is a must after stripping to neutralise ammonia and kill any remaining bacteria, both of which can cause rashes once brought to the surface by the strip.


Strip Option: Grovia Mighty Bubbles

  • 1 pods per 10L of water

Soak…

  • Start with clean nappies
  • Fill the strip vessel with hot tap water (no more than 60 degrees C)
  • Add pods and dissolve well
  • Add items, soak for 4 hours
  • Stir occasionally
  • Drain and wring excess water

Wash…

Transfer to washing machine for a water only wash cycle at any temperature to wash out the strip mix, using a regular length cycle such as Daily/Normal/Regular/Fuzzy Wash.

Once the stripping part has been completed, follow on with sanitisation. If sanitisation can not be done immediately after the strip, it can be completed the following day.
Sanitisation is a must after stripping to neutralise ammonia and kill any remaining bacteria, both of which can cause rashes once brought to the surface by the strip.



Sanitise Instructions

PUL and Minky are colourfast and will not fade in the dilute bleach soak.
Use the bleach sanitise option or 90/95⁰C cycle option to neutralise ammonia, the Dettol sanitise option will not neutralise ammonia.

Choose one of the sanitisation options.

Sanitise Option: Dilute Bleach

Use bleach that contains 45g/L (4.5%) sodium hypochlorite or thin bleach that contains 15g/L (1.5%) sodium hypochlorite, concentration is listed on the package.
Check that the bleach is still within expiry as it degrades to salt water over time and becomes ineffective at sanitising.
Thin bleach is preferred over thick bleach. Thick bleach contains surfactants and requires a thorough hot hand wash to avoid excess suds before the subsequent machine wash, these are sold as toilet/bathroom bleach (check instructions for suitability).

4.5%
3 tsp (15 ml) bleach in 10L cold water

1.5%
10 tsp (50 ml) bleach per 10L of cold water

Soak…

  • Start with clean or freshly-stripped nappies
  • Add bleach to cold water
  • Add items, soak for 30 minutes
  • Rinse with hot water in the same vessel
  • Complete a long hot wash with no detergent to rinse out the sanitise solution.

Keep nappies immersed in the solution by covering them with a white towel.

Wash…

If stripping and sanitising was done, follow with 1-2 hot washes with detergent to thoroughly remove any strip residue. (eg. Cottons/Heavy Duty). Use amount of detergent for lightly soiled items.

If only santisation was done, follow with only one additional long hot wash with detergent (amount for lightly soiled items) to thoroughly clean the nappies.


Sanitise Option: High Temperature Cycle

Some front loaders have a 90/95 degree wash cycle.
This option can only be used for inserts and flats.
Do not put PUL shells, covers or nappies with elastics in a 90/95 degree wash cycle.

  • Start with clean or freshly stripped nappies
  • Add nappies and detergent (amount for lightly soiled items) to the washing machin
  • Run the sanitise cycle

Sanitise Option: Dettol Laundry Sanitiser

This option is not suitable for Septic Systems.

  • 4 caps in 10L water

Soak…

  • Start with clean or freshly-stripped nappies
  • Add laundry santister to cold water
  • Soak for 30 minutes only
  • Rinse with hot water in the same vessel
  • Complete a long hot wash with no detergent to rinse out the sanitise solution.

Keep nappies immersed in the solution by covering them with a white towel.

Wash…

If stripping and sanitising was done, follow with 1-2 hot washes with detergent to thoroughly remove any strip residue. (eg. Cottons/Heavy Duty). Use amount of detergent for lightly soiled items.

If only santisation was done, follow with only one additional long hot wash with detergent (amount for lightly soiled items) to thoroughly clean the nappies.