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.  

 

Quantities are for half a bathtub (80L) unless otherwise specified.
The Vanish + Detergent mix contains ingredients that can be purchased from any supermarket. To strip with a pre-prepared option, try Grovia Mighty Bubbles.

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

Strip Instructions

Strip Option 1: Vanish + Detergent

1 cup of Vanish (use a kitchen measuring cup)
1 cup of high quality powder laundry detergent OR 4 caps of high quality liquid laundry detergent (high quality detergents are products such as Persil, Ariel, Daz, Surf, Bold etc)

For small quantities, use 6tsp Vanish plus 6tsp of powder detergent or 1 cap of liquid detergent per 10L bucket.
Use a product 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 Napisan and does not contain enzymes.

Soak…

  1. Start with clean nappies
  2. Fill the strip vessel with hot tap water (no more than 60 degrees C)
  3. Add the strip mix and dissolve well
  4. Soak items for 4 hours
  5. Stir occasionally
  6. 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 2: Grovia Mighty Bubbles

Use 3 pods per strip.

Soak…

  1. Start with clean nappies
  2. Fill the strip vessel with hot tap water (no more than 60 degrees C)
  3. Add the strip mix and dissolve well
  4. Soak items for 4 hours
  5. Stir occasionally
  6. 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.
Sanitise Option 2 is a popular choice for hand dyed or embroidered items.

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 below…

Sanitise Option 1: Dilute Bleach

Use bleach that contains 45g/L (4.5%) sodium hypochlorite or thin bleach that contains 15g/L (1.5%) sodium hypochlorite. The concentration of sodium hypochlorite is listed on the package. These are marketed as toilet/bathroom bleach but are suitable for laundry (check instructions for suitability). Check that the bleach is still within expiry, bleach degrades to salt water over time and becomes ineffective at sanitising.

*Please note 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. 

4.5%
½ Bathtub: 140mL
Heavy duty bucket : 3 tsp (15 ml) bleach in 10L cold water

1.5%
½ Bathtub 420mL
Smaller Vessel: 10 tsp (50 ml) bleach per 10L of cold water

Soak…

1. Start with clean or freshly-stripped nappies
2. Add either sanitise option 1 or option 2, to cold water
3. Soak for 30 minutes only
4. Rinse with hot water in the same vessel
5. 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). See the Detergent Index for quantities.

If only santisation was done, follow with only one additional long hot wash with detergent to thoroughly clean the nappies.


 Sanitise Option 2: Dettol Laundry Sanitiser

 Use 32 caps of laundry sanitiser per ½ bathtub of water. For small quantities use 4 caps in 10L water. This option is not suitable for Septic Systems.

*This option requires a total of 1.9L of product for ½ bathtub, which is more than 1 bottle.

Soak…

1. Start with clean or freshly-stripped nappies
2. Add either sanitise option 1 or option 2, to cold water
3. Soak for 30 minutes only
4. Rinse with hot water in the same vessel
5. 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). See the Detergent Index for quantities.

If only santisation was done, follow with only one additional long hot wash with detergent to thoroughly clean the nappies.


Sanitise Option 3: High Temperature Cycle

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

*AGAIN, DO NOT PUT PUL SHELLS, COVERS OR NAPPIES WITH ELASTICS IN A 90/95 DEGREE WASH CYCLE*

1. Start with clean or freshly stripped nappies
2. Add nappies and detergent to the washing machine
3. Run the sanitise cycle

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