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.  

 

Quantities are for half a bathtub (80L) unless otherwise specified.

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

Strip Instructions

Strip Option 1: DIY Mix

1/4 cup Washing Soda ie. sodium carbonate (use a kitchen measuring cup)
1/4 cup Borax
1/2 cup of high quality powder laundry detergent OR 2 caps of high quality liquid laundry detergent (high quality detergents are products such as Omo/Persil, Biozet, Radiant, Dynamo, Cold Power etc).

For small quantities, use 2 tsp each of Washing Soda and Borax plus 4 tsp of powder detergent or ¼ cap of liquid detergent per 10L bucket.

Plant based/ Eco/ Sensitive detergents recommended in the Detergent Index can be used, double the quantity listed above.

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: Vanish + Detergent

1 cup of Vanish (use a kitchen measuring cup)
1/2 cup of high quality powder laundry detergent OR 2 caps of high quality liquid laundry detergent (high quality detergents are products such as Omo/Persil, Biozet, Radiant, Dynamo, Cold Power etc).

For small quantities, use 1/8 cup Vanish plus 4 tsp of powder detergent or 1/4 cap of liquid detergent per 10L bucket.

Plant based/ Eco/ Sensitive detergents recommended in the Detergent Index can be used, double the quantity listed above.

Use a Vanish type product with enzymes such as 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.

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 3: 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 morning.
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 Canesten/Dettol sanitise option will not neutralise ammonia.

 

Choose one of the sanitisation options below…

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.

4.2%
1/2 bathtub: 150ml
Traditional Top Loader: Small 100mL   Medium 150mL   Large 220mL
Smaller vessel: 10mL (2 teaspoons) bleach per 5L of water

5.25%
1/2 bathtub: 120ml
Traditional Top Loader: Small 80mL   Medium 120mL   Large 220mL
Smaller vessel: 7.5mL (1.5 teaspoons) bleach per 5L of 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: Canesten/Di-San Laundry Sanitiser/Dettol Laundry Sanitiser

1 litre of laundry sanitiser per ½ bathtub of water. For small quantities use ¼ c per 5L water. This option is not suitable for Septic Systems

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 95 degree wash cycle.
This option can only be used for inserts and flats, not for PUL shells or covers.

*AGAIN, DO NOT PUT PUL SHELLS OR COVERS IN A 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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