What To Strip? What To Sanitise? (UK)

With a good wash routine, there will never be a need to strip nappies.

Stripping nappies is an intensive process and is not recommend it as part of a regular routine or even occasional method of keeping nappies clean, it is unnecessary. The only time that nappies should be stripped and sanitised is if they have been washed inadequately for more than 2 months, or if the nappies have been purchased secondhand.

A Strip & Sanitise is an intensive clean that will reset nappies. There are two main reasons for stripping nappies:

  • 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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