cold water sterilising nappies!?

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  1. chichestermum

    chichestermum mummy of 2 :)

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    My nan came to visit the weekend and helped out with chores etc, she asked if i wanted her to wash nappies and she was in the kitchen for ages asking were my soaking tub and big pan was! i told her to throw them in the washing machine machine because 'times have changed since you had to boil your nappys and your disposable option was a paddi pad nan!'

    anyway she started going on about how they wouldnt be clean enough and i ignored her as you do when your nan goes off on 1 haha but what did sound good to me was her tip for sterilising nappies! she said she done this with mine once every 4-6 weeks or after a bout of illness she would put all my nappys in a weak solution of sterilising liquid and let them soak for a few hours before boiling them, this sounds like a fab idea since i use 40 degree wash for nappies. i looked on milton website and there is nothing that would cause irritation to botty and even so they would be washed afterwards.

    what do you think of this? good idea or terrible 1? lol
    i was thinking of hand rinsing nappies, soaking them in weak solution and then put them through the normal wash.
    xx
     
  2. mumeee

    mumeee mum of 1, expecting #2

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    Depends on the type of nappy. Anything made with cotton, no elastic and no PUL should be fine, no doubt the type of nappy your man used. However, you'll find with a lot of modern nappies that using anything harsh on them (anything containing bleach which Milton is, most sanitising agents, vinegar) will invalidate the warranty on them. This is because, for bamboo, elastic and PUL particularly, they can cause the fabrics to degrade.
     
  3. Rachel_C

    Rachel_C Well-Known Member

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    I'd be very wary of doing that - Milton takes the colour out of clothes so I'd imagine it would do the same to nappies, plus as the PP said it would invalidate any warranties. Modern machines and detergents are so much better than they used to use so I really wouldn't bother. If you have any issues, then reassess how you're washing but why add extra work for yourself if you don't have to? If you still want to add something, just wash at 60 degrees every now and then instead of your normal wash.
     
  4. LittlePants

    LittlePants Well-Known Member

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    A nappy sanitising powder will do the job better than milton, as as it;s designed for the job, should be a safer option. Don't use napisan though, as it's got some nasties in it- Something like BioD is god thougth.
     
  5. chichestermum

    chichestermum mummy of 2 :)

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    :dohh: lol i completely forgot about just using a nappy sanitiser! so much easier haha!
    i even have napisan in the cupboard so why i forgot about it is beyond me!
    didnt know it contained lots of nasties tho! i shall invest in a nicer 1. Thanks xx
     
  6. missmayhem

    missmayhem Mummy to 2 little cuties

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    my mum suggest when weaning start soaking bibs in sterilising liquid to stop them staining, good for stain removal
     
  7. chichestermum

    chichestermum mummy of 2 :)

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    ooo maybe that would work for banana stains! x
     

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