Strip & Sanitise Instructions (AU/NZ)

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


Important overall information

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

Once the stripping part has been done, 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 (only bleach and 90/95⁰C cycle sanitisation will achieve this) and kill any remaining bacteria, both of which can cause rashes once brought to the surface by the strip.

Important Strip information

Use a high quality laundry detergent powder or liquid eg. Omo/Persil, Biozet, Radiant, Dynamo, Cold Power etc.

For plant based/ Eco/ Sensitive detergents, used double the quantities listed. See the Detergent Index for those recommended.

Use a Vanish type product with enzymes eg. Di-San Laundry Soaker, Vanish Gold Crystal White, Sard, White King Oxy-Lift Triple Enzyme or Woolworths Select BOOST.
If plant-based products are preferred use Earth Choice Laundry Soaker and In-Wash Booster. Eco Store soaker is not suitable as it does not have sufficient sodium carbonate to work effectively.

Important Sanitisation information

If sanitising in a top loader, turn the machine on and pause the cycle, then bucket in water to measure the capacity. If the cycle isn’t started and paused, it will empty the machine automatically. Some machines won’t hold water.

Use the bleach sanitise option or 90/95⁰C cycle option to neutralise ammonia, the Canesten/Dettol sanitise option will not neutralise ammonia.

Important bleach information

Check that the bleach is still within expiry, bleach degrades to salt water over time and becomes ineffective at sanitising.

PUL (smooth) and Minky (fluffy) are colourfast and will not fade in the dilute bleach soak.

Important Benzalkonium Chloride (Sanitise Option 2) information

Benzalkonium Chloride (Sanitise Option 2) is a popular choice for hand dyed, bamboo velour, cotton outter or embroidered items. This option is NOT suitable for Septic Systems

Suitable products are Canesten, Di-San Laundry Sanitiser, Dettol Laundry Sanitiser, Coles Laundry Sanitiser can be used.

Important 90/95⁰C sanitisation cycle information

This option can only be used for inserts and flats, not for anything that is made of PUL or that has elastics.


Strip Instructions

Strip Option 1: Vanish + Detergent

Per 7L bucket

2 tablespoons of Vanish
2 tablespoons of powder detergent or 1/3 cap of liquid detergent

Soak…

Start with clean nappies
Measure the total amount of water (40- 60⁰C) needed, per bucket
Add the mix and dissolve well
Soak items for 2-4 hours
Stir occasionally
Drain and wring out 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.


Strip Option 2: Mix + Detergent

Per 7L bucket

2 tablespoons of washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1 tablespoon borax
2 tablespoons of powder detergent or 1/3 cap of liquid detergent

Soak…

Start with clean nappies
Measure the total amount of water (40- 60⁰C) needed, per bucket
Add the mix and dissolve well
Soak items for 2-4 hours
Stir occasionally
Drain and wring out excess water

Wash…

Transfer to washing machine for a water only wash cycle at any temperature to wash out the mix, using a regular length cycle.



Sanitise Instructions

Choose one of the sanitisation options below…

If sanitising in a top loader, turn the machine on and pause the cycle, then bucket in water to measure the capacity. If the cycle isn’t started and paused, it will empty the machine automatically. Some machines won’t hold water.

Sanitise Option 1: Dilute Bleach

Laundry bleach that contains 42g/L (4.2%) or 52.5g/L (5.25%) sodium hypochlorite is suitable for this method. The concentration of sodium hypochlorite is listed on the package. Check that the bleach is still within expiry, bleach degrades to salt water over time and becomes ineffective at sanitising.

Soak…

Use 10mL of bleach per 5L of water

Measure the total amount of water (cold) needed, per bucket
Dilute the bleach, in cold water in a separate container, add it to the total quantity of water
Add the clean or freshly-stripped nappies
Soak for 30 minutes 
Rinse with hot water
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  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: Benzalkonium Chloride

Canesten, Di-San Laundry Sanitiser, Dettol Laundry Sanitiser, Coles Laundry Sanitiser can be used. This option is NOT suitable for Septic Systems

Soak…

¼ standard measuring cup per 5L water

Measure the total amount of water (cold) needed, per bucket
Add the Benzalkonium Chloride product to the total quantity of water
Add the clean or freshly-stripped nappies
Soak for 30 minutes 
Rinse with hot water in the same vessel
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 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: 90/95⁰C Sanitisation Cycle

Most front loaders have a 90/95⁰C wash cycle. This option can only be used for inserts and flats, not for anything that is made of PUL or that has elastics.

DO NOT PUT PUL SHELLS, COVERS OR NAPPIES WITH ELASTICS IN A 90/95⁰C CYCLE

Start with clean or freshly stripped nappies
Add nappies and detergent to the washing machine and run the sanitise cycle.


These methods were adapted for AU/NZ, from the original US Fluff Love University information.