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Washing Care Guidelines

Recently purchased Modern Cloth Nappy but aren’t sure about the washing instructions? Check out these simple washing care guidelines below.

Preparing new nappies

New nappies should always be prepared before their first use. The shells need to be washed to remove any residue left over from both the fabric manufacturing and our making process, see below for washing guidelines. Inserts can take up two 6 washes before full absorbency is reached, you can either wash the inserts back to back 6 times or just change regularly for the first few uses. If you choose to wash continuously you do not need to dry in between washes.

Storing soiled nappies

Before storing soiled nappies, deposit any solids into the toilet and rinse the nappy. Rinsing helps to avoid stains from forming. Store the nappies into a dry pail or a wet bag until washing day (max 2-3 days). Do NOT soak the nappies, not only does it create a drowning risk but it also encourages bacteria growth which is bad for the material and elastics.


Washing MCNs can be broken down into two categories: pre-wash and main wash. For both wash cycles do NOT exceed a spin cycle over 800 RPM, going above this spin cycle puts undue stress on both the elastics and the materials and will void the warranty.


When you are ready to wash, run the nappies through your shortest wash cycle with half the dose of detergent that is recommended for a normal washing load. Follow the pre-wash with your main wash. 

Main Wash

Your main wash can be topped up with other small clothing items to obtain ideal agitation. Your main wash should be done in cold or warm water, with a max temperature of 50 degrees to avoid damage to elastics and fabric. Use the recommended heavy wash dosage for washing detergents. 

Do NOT use fabric softeners, whitening agents or vinegar.

As an industry member of the ANA, we recommend their Modern Cloth Nappy washing instructions found below:


For strip and washing guidelines as well as detergent index, head over to the cloth nappy help page, it is full of wonderful information:



Line dry in the shade, lay them horizontally and with the nappy inner facing up. Inserts can be dried in full sun or on a medium heat in the dryer.

For any questions or help, use the contact us page or send us an email at: info@princeandcub.com.au

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