How to Wash Reusable Nappies in 7 Easy Steps

Whether you’re fully committed to reusable nappies, or you’re teetering on the edge of a decision to take the leap, knowing how to wash them (and how easy it really is) is important. Although the process may be simple, you’ll want to make sure you get the wash and care routine right to ensure you keep them at their best quality, so you can use them time and time again.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to soak your Bambino Mio reusable nappies before washing them. It’s true that original cloth nappy designs were a bit of a hand full and did need soaking, wrapping and pinning multiple times and day. But these days, it’s much simpler than that!


Step by Step


1. Lift the nappy liner out of your reusable nappy (if you used one) and shake off the poo into the toilet. If you used a disposable liner, throw it away. Bambino Mio biodegradable nappy liners can be tossed in the compost heap if have one.


2. Put your dirty nappy (and reusable liner, if you used one) inside a nappy bucket with a tight-fitting lid. As mentioned above, there’s no need to soak them.


3. If you place a mesh nappy bag inside the bucket first, you won’t have to touch poopy nappies each time you put on a wash load. It also makes it easier to put them into the machine as they can be left in the bag!


4. If you’re out and about, it’s a good idea to take a wet bag with you to keep used nappies separate from the rest of your changing bag. Bambino Mio have some lovely designs that co-ordinate with the nappies.


5. When you’re ready to machine wash, use any non-bio detergent and avoid putting fabric softener in the machine as this can affect your nappies’ performance.


6. Use a 60-degree wash (or lower if they’re only wet, not soiled). Some antibacterial washing powders do a great job at getting your nappies hygienically clean at 30 degrees. You can follow with a gentle cleanser too.


7. Bambino Mio nappies can be tumble dried on a low / cool setting, but drying outside in the sunshine is better for the environment and does wonders for potential stains! Bambino Mio recommend air drying away from direct heat for best results. When hanging nappies, hang by the fabric core insert to avoid any damage to your nappies.

Reusable nappies undergo quite a bit of laundering in their lifetime – we suggest familiarising yourself with these Do’s & Don’ts to ensure you get the best performance from them. If cared for correctly, you should be able to re-use your nappy on your 2nd and maybe even 3rd and 4th child!


Do’s & Don’ts



  • Follow the wash instructions on the care label (also above).


  • Now preparation is key. Before you get those super cute nappies onto your baby's bottom you'll need to prewash your products at least once. This will make them more absorbent and super soft before you start to use them. The more you wash your nappies, the more absorbent they will get.


  • Fold back the hook & loop laundry tabs before you put them in the machine to avoid damage. It’s easier to do this straight after the change, before you put them in your dirty nappy bucket.


  • Use a nappy liner. This will not only protect your baby’s bottom by keeping it dry, but will protect your nappy too.


  • Use a mesh laundry bag. As already mentioned, this makes getting all the nappies into the machine a doddle and will save you from having to touch them!


  • Use non-bio powder. There is an enzyme present in some bio detergents which is corrosive to the fabrics reusable nappies are made from. Plus, non-bio is better for your baby’s skin.


  • Remember to fold back the hook and loop fastenings to protect them in the wash!


  • Dry your nappies on the line as much as you can. Sunlight will help keep stains at bay and UV radiation can also help kill bacteria! You can tumble dry the nappies on a cool setting if you must, but line drying will help save you money and the environment.


  • If you're using the Miosolo All-In-One nappy, pull out the absorbent core from inside the nappy and hang separately as this will help them dry quicker!



  • We’ve said this a couple of times now but it’s worth repeating – don’t use fabric softeners or bio detergent as these leave a residue which will decrease the absorbency and water resistance of your nappies.


  • You don’t need to soak your nappies but if you have a bad stinker on your hands and feel the need to, don’t use harsh stain removers or soak them for any longer than 12 hours. You just can use water or a mild solution of Bambino Mio’s own cleanser, Miofresh, which has been specially formulated for use with their nappies.


  • In addition to the above, avoid bleach – this is a harsh stain remover and will shorten the lifespan of your nappies.


  • Don’t be tempted to use pastes of wash powders and apply directly to stains, this is too concentrated and will again shorten the lifespan of your nappies.


  • Do not boil or use the ‘baby’ wash cycle on your machine. Please follow the washing instructions carefully. We know it can be tempting to put them on a hotter wash when they’re so stinky, but 60 degrees will suffice. If you are worried about bacteria, leaving your nappies in direct sunlight will kill it off, even in winter!


  • Avoid using oil-based barrier products – even with a nappy liner. These can affect the fibres of the nappy and reduce absorbency. Oil-based use will make your nappies void of their product guarantee.


  • When drying nappies, don’t place them directly on radiators or similar. The heat can damage the fabrics and elastic, affecting the functionality of your nappies.


If you have any unanswered questions, be sure to visit the ‘Reusable Nappies Guide’ on our website, where we answer some general FAQs.