Wash Care Instructions

Caring for your SugaBums Organic hemp nappies:

  • SugaBums nappies are ready to go OTB (on the bum) when you receive them as they’ve already been prepped (washed & pre-shrunk)
  • HOWEVER they only reach their MAXIMUM absorbency potential after 10 washes
  • Dirty/ Urine soaked nappies can be stored in any dry nappy bucket, simply throw into the bucket.
  • Soiled nappies should be rinsed off of all Poo before adding to the bucket.
  • Night nappies should be given a good rinse in hot tap water before throwing into the bucket. Hot water breaks down the urine crystals preventing ammonia build up & stink issues.
*Should you have a strong ammonia smell you need to re-evaluate your washing routine and give them a good strip to eradicate the ammonium build-up.

Washing hemp nappies:

  • PLEASE RINSE ALL NAPPIES BEFORE WASHING OR ADD A PRE RINSE CYCLE TO YOUR WASHING MACHINE. If you do not do this you will be washing your nappies in urine water and will end up with stink issues 
  • Check HERE for the correct amount of detergent required
  • Use the cotton cycle or the longest wash cycle on your washing machine to wash the nappies as this will give them the needed agitation time to clean them correctly.
  • Do not use fabric softner, as it renders the natural fibres less absorbent.
  • Cold wash your hemp nappies. Max 30`C. Your SugaBums coloured nappies might run if washed on hot.
  • Do not mix your white or coloured nappies with new hemp nappies.
  • Great care has been taken to reduce the possibility of the colours bleeding but it could still happen.
  • Wash separately initially for a few washes with some towels just incase.
  • Your nappy load should be 3/4 full, if your load is less a few towels may be added, as nappies need agitation to be washed clean.
  • You can add an additional rinse cycle at the end to ensure all detergent is removed.
  • Please bare in mind that flats do not always remain a perfect square.
  • Trick when hanging them is the hang them half over the line and not pegged at 2 corners
  • Should your flats lose its shape, gently stretch the fabric back into a square shape when wet or alternatively you could iron them.
  • Hand washing - bucket and plunger method

    Flats and Covers
    • Submerge flats & covers in cold water (<30') and plunge 50 times to get rid of the urine.
    • Drain the water and remove the covers.
    • Fill the bucket (with flats in) with warm water (enough to cover your nappies),
    • Add detergent enough for 12-14 flats and plunge 100 times.
    • Drain and fill again with cold water.
    • Plunge another 50 times to ensure all the soap is rinsed out.
    • Drain and wring out.
    • Shake (with caution not to pull flats at 2 corners) to get excess water off and hang to line dry.
    • Covers: Quickly wash with a little bit of soap and water, rinse, towel dry and then hang to dry.
    • Thank you to Hippie Safari blogspot, Read more here:

    Drying hemp flats:

    • Drying of your flats can be done on your washing line or drying rack.
    • Take care to not hang your flats on the corners but rather hang over the line to dry., while uncurling the edges. This will prevent your flats from becoming stretched at the corners.
    • If your nappies become a bit hard and stiff you can pop the already dried hemp flat into a tumble drier for 10-15min.
    • To remove stains, add sunlight soap and dry your nappies in the sun.

    Caring for your Little Lamb nappies:

    • Dirty nappies can be stored in any dry nappy bucket, simply throw into the bucket.
    • Soiled nappies should be rinsed off before adding to the bucket.
    • Separate any washable boosters, inserts or liners
    • Close the velcro tabs over on themselves ensuring the velcro tabs are closed tightly on the nappies.
    • Once the wrap velcro tabs are closed, turn the wraps inside-out.
    • Boosters and inserts are best removed from pocket nappies prior to washing.
    • We advise washing at 40˚C. 
    • Do not use fabric softener in your nappy wash as it will coat the fibres and inhibit absorption.
    • Your Little Lamb wraps can be wiped down between changes if they're not soiled then hung out to air dry and rotated between changes about 3 - 4 a day

    How do I remove stains?

    • The sun is truly magical! It does a great job in removing poop stains,  especially exclusively breastfed yellow poop stains. Not only will sunlight bleach stains out of your nappies but the UV radiation will help kill bacteria too.
    • After you washed  your nappies, dry them facing the sun. If your nappies are properly cleaned, the stain will usually disappear after being sunned once, some  stubborn stains might need a bit more sun exposure.
    • You may also try adding some lemon juice on the stain, dry in sun and wash again.
    • Alternatively  you can rub the stain with sunlight bar soap before washing to remove  stains.

    Stinky nappies?

    If you start to smell a strong ammonia smell the minute baby wees in the clean nappy... then there is an ammonia build up. This can be caused by an incorrect washing routine.


    • Check that the amount of detergent you are using is correct here.
    • Is your machine load full enough? Is it too full? Your load should be 3/4 full.
    • Are you rinsing your nappies before they are washed? Very important.
    • Are the nappies preloved? Were they stripped? If not they need a strip. See below.

    Stripping nappies:

    • Wash your nappies.
    • You must only strip clean nappies.
    • Dissolve half a cup of bleach (Jik works well) to 1 litre cold water in a jug.
    • Fill the bath or washing machine or with cold tap water enough to cover the nappies.
    • Add the bleach and mix.
    • If only stripping a few nappies then do this in a small bucket and use 1 - 2 tablespoons of bleach only.
    • Put your nappies in the bath/washing machine and mix well.
    • Soak for 30 mins.
    • Wash in the machine at 30 degrees,  adding an extra rinse cycle at the end to ensure all bleach has been removed.

    Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact us directly.