Why do my cloth nappies smell?

Not using enough detergent, washing in cold water, and over or underloading your washing machine can all lead to smelly cloth nappies. If your cloth nappies have a barnyard or ammonia smell, or smell strongly of urine as soon as your child wees in them, it is time to reassess your wash routine.

All laundry, including nappies, should smell completely clean out of the washing machine. With adequate agitation, the right amount of quality detergent, some laundry booster/stain remover and warm-hot water (40-60⁰C), nappies should come out of the machine smell free.

If your cloth nappies smell, check that you’re doing the following:

Perfect your wash routine

Use our resources to get your nappies smelling great again.