What To Strip? What To Sanitise? (UK)

The only time that nappies should be stripped and sanitised is if they have been washed inadequately , or if the nappies have been purchased secondhand.

Strip & Sanitise Methods

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There are two main reasons for this process:

  • The nappies have been washed for an extended time in weak or insufficient detergent and they have developed a stink/ammonia problem due to urine and faeces not washing out properly over a long period of time.
  • The nappies have been purchased pre-loved and the new owner wants to start fresh with super clean nappies.

There are two strip options and three sanitise options for those in the UK. Sanitisation must be done after stripping, to kill bacteria and yeast from ingrained soil in the nappy fabrics.

What To Strip? What To Sanitise?

Strip all absorbent materials; inserts, prefolds and flats.

PUL covers or pocket shells do not need to be stripped unless baby has a rash from the elastics.

Limit All In One (AIO) nappies to 4 hours.

All items should go into the sanitise solution, including PUL covers and pocket shells.


What is a cover, pocket shell, an insert, an All In One (AIO)?

Different nappy types with inserts

Wash Temperatures & Standard Measurements

  • Cold = Tap water
  • Warm = 40⁰ C
  • Hot = 60⁰ C
  • Sanitise = 95⁰ C

c= Standard 250mL kitchen measuring cup

Volume Converter

½ bathtub = 80 litres
Heavy duty bucket = 10L

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