Fresh as a Daisy - Part Five

CLEAN NAPPIES WITHOUT POISONING OUR WATERWAYS!

WASHING CLOTH NAPPIES
Using disposable nappies is unpardonable! Old growth forests are being wood-chipped, shipped overseas to be pulped & made into nappies, then shipped back, and sold in supermarkets for an exorbitant price. There is no legal way of disposing of them - technically you're not supposed to put them in landfill!
See also Really radical recycling!

Cut down on the number of nappies you use: INFANT POTTY TRAINING

WET NAPPIES:
Rinse out thoroughly as soon as changed. in half a bucket of plain water. Rinse in another bucket of plain water. Hang out to dry immediately.
The water can be used on flower-beds. If you cannot wash the nappy immediately, use a little plain bar soap on it during the first wash, & rinse TWICE.

SOILED NAPPIES:
Put solids into the toilet, if necessary scraping with a blunt knife.(This way you need use toilet paper only to wipe the knife - much easier than trying to clean the napkin with paper.)
Thoroughly wash nappy in a bucket of plain water. Tip this water into the toilet.
Then wash the nappy thoroughly with PLAIN SOAP & fresh water.
Rinse thoroughly in several lots of fresh water. A little vinegar or lemon juice in the last rinse will neutralise any alkaline traces from the soap. Hang out to dry.

If at all possible, deal with nappies soon as they become wet or dirty.
Frequent nappy changes are not only better for baby, but make the washing easier in the long run.
Don’t expect to get all stains out. Stains do NOT mean the nappy is not perfectly clean. The stains are the result of chemical reactions between the urine, faeces, & the cloth. It's a form of natural dye!

If you are not at home, or it is night-time, it may not be possible to deal with nappies immediately. However, do deal with soiled nappies the best way you can, using a friend‘s bathroom or a public toilet, before putting them in a plastic bag to deal with them later. At night, it still pays to scrape & wash them straight away. I KNOW! I've had five children, including twins! However tired you are, it's worth it, come the morning.

Soaking nappies just encourages bacteria to breed, no matter what the advertisers say. What IS important is to keep them covered until they can be washed, to keep flies away from them.

The fewer chemicals you use on anything that comes into contact with babies' skin, the better.

NB, If baby has an infection of any kind, dispose of the water, even from wet nappies, down the toilet instead of on the garden. Nappies need to be dried in the sun for several hours to sterilise them. If the weather makes this impossible, wash nappies as usual, but at the end of the day, or next day, put them all into a large saucepan or metal container, cover with cold water, and bring them to the boil. Boil for two or three minutes, then leave to cool down a bit before wringing them out & hanging them out to dry. Boiling is also a good idea if you have a long spell of wet weather & have to dry nappies inside or under a carport or verandah.
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