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Washing instructions


Storing dirty nappies until laundry day
Alt. 1.)
Rinse the used nappy in cold water and squeeze out the excess water properly. Put the damp nappies in a wet bag or a bucket and leave until laundry day. Do not leave for more than 3 days. Don’t add water.

Alt. 2) Dry pailing: If any poop, flush it down the toilet. Put the used nappies as they are in a wet bag or a bucket and leave until laundry day. Do not leave for more than 3 days.

The nappies and covers are usually washed at 60 °C in with a Zeolite free detergent. Once in a while you might want to wash at 90°C to give the nappies an extra good clean. Close the Velcro tabs on the covers before washing. Keep them snapped together when wet.

Hang dry is preferred. You can tumble dry on low temperatures.

Fabric softener
Do not use fabric softener because it leaves a coating on the fabric that prevents the nappies from absorbing.

Avoid using bleach on nappy covers and wraps. However, when required, you can use bleach on inserts and liners.

New nappies
Wash your new nappies before first use. This will increase the absorption. Nappy covers and wraps can however be used directly without washing beforehand.

Washing instructions

  1. When a nappys has been used, rinse it in cold water and squeeze it well.
    Tip: hold the diaper in the toilet bowl and rinse with the shower hose.
  2. Put the damp diapers in a bucket. You do not need to add extra water. The diapers can lie there for up to three days.
  3. Normally, the diapers and the diaper covers can be washed at 60°C. If necessary, the cloth diapers can be washed at 90°C to get them extra clean. Close the velcro fastening on the diaper covers and Snap Diapers. Tip: diapers can be washed with other items of washing.Do not use fabric softener as this leaves a residue on the surface of the fabric, which will decrease the absorbency.Do not use bleaching agents on the diaper covers. You can use bleaching agents on the diapers occasionally.In Sweden, there are basically two types of washing powders available. The general rule of thumb is that households with their own sewage system use detergents that contain zeolites and households connected to municipal sewage systems use phosphate-based detergents.
    1. Detergents containing phosphate: This type of washing detergent is gentler on fabrics, easier to rinse out but increases eutrophication.
    2. Detergents containing zeolites: Zeolites are small particles of aluminium that can ruin your clothes. Diapers washed frequently in detergents containing zeolites will be exposed to extra wear. If your household has its own sewage system, remember to rinse the diapers thoroughly and do not use the economy programme.
  4. We recommend that you simply hang up cloth diapers and covers to dry. You can dry them in the tumble-dryer but this puts more wear and tear on the fabric. Never dry ImseVimse items on a hot radiator or heated towel rail. Tip: if you use folding diapers, fold them as soon as they are laundered and dry – this saves time when changing diapers.Washing instructions – Imse Vimse wool diaper coversFor best results, Imse Vimse wool diaper covers should be handwashed using an olive-oil soap or wool shampoo. They can, of course, be washed at 30ºC in the washing machine. Tip: reduce drying time by wrapping the wool covers in a terry towel and squeezing out excess moisture. The wool covers will need to be relanolised once or twice a month with a wool cure.


A used cloth pad can be handled in different ways before being washed. Here are a few examples of how to take care of your cloth pads. Find a routine that works for you and your lifestyle.
Some people prefer to rinse their pads in cold water straight after use before putting in a wet bag or a bucket in the bathroom until it’s time to do laundry.
Another way is to put them to soak in bucket of cold water with a little bit of salt in it 24 hours before laundry. Make sure to rinse with cold water prior to this, otherwise the excess blood in the pads may stain the entire bunch of pads mixed with the water in the bucket. Stains can be worked on with a stain removal soap of choice. Put the pads in the washing machine and wash in 60 degrees. Some people prefer to use a washing bag for their pads. It is ok to wash pads along with the rest of your laundry. Avoid washing them with whites only though. You don’t necessarily need to rinse or soak the pads before washing them, it also works fine to simply store the used pads in a wet bag until laundry and then throw them into the washing machine. Find a routine that works for you.

Rinse or soak the pads in cold water after use or just let them dry as they are before washing. The pads are washed in 60° celcius and you can use your regular detergent. Do not use fabric softener since that will ruin the absorption of the pad. Try adding some vinegar in the rinse water. Let the pads dry hang. If you hang them in the sun for a day it will effectively help fade stains.

One often thinks that the pads will be completely blood stained, but normally there are surprisingly few stains. Some people are not very bothered about the occasional stain and if you’re using black pads you won’t see the stains at all. But if you’d prefer cloth pads stain free there are a few things you can do rid your pads of the staining.
Rinse your pads thoroughly directly after use in cold water to get rid of the excess blood. 24 hours before laundry put the pads to soak in a bucket of cold water and a little bit of salt. Persistent stains can also be worked on with a stain removal soap of choice. Wash the pads in 60° C and let them hang dry. If you leave them in the sun for a day it will help fade stains.

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