Boss Panda’s Wash Routine

Posted by Amanda Abraham on


Please read this and follow LOOSELY as a guide ONLY. I am not responsible for any damage, smells, stains or delamination caused during a wash and care routine in your own home. Every household’s wash routine will differ with several variables such as, front loader/top loader, access to hot washing water, detergent brand and type (powder or liquid), machine capacity, drying choices, pre wash and main wash cycle days.

Here in the RPS home we have a 10kg Euromaid front loading machine and a fantastic tropical QLD climate for line drying. We don’t own a dryer so all our shells are dried on clothing racks in the shade and all inserts on our huge washing line in the sun! However, if I need the shells fast a short time on the line in the sun and they are done.

Our routine is super simple and I still have time to make all these gorgeous products, be a mum and a wife in between!

Our cycle is based on a 32-34 nappy rotation (including night specific nappies). We pre-wash daily in the evenings (sometimes I do forget so i chuck it on in the morning with our night nappy) then main wash ever 3-4 days. SUPER easy hey?

For our pre-wash cycle we have a handy nappy sprayer installed in the toilet which makes removing poop easy. Depending on how I’ve been fitting that day, weather we were stuffing our inserts (using the pocket) or just laying the inserts onto the nappy, removing excess solids doesn’t change. I have a fantastic plastic soiled tub that I place ALL used nappies into during the day as most of the time rinsing off poop is not an option with a busy toddler! In the evenings (usually while Panda Hubby baths Little Panda), I simply take the whole bucket to the toilet to remove the solids. No, it doesn’t spray poop all over the walls and no, it’s not hard to put in and well worth the $40 something from good’ol Bunnings.

$40 Kinetic Chrome Brass Handspray from Bunnings.

After removing all the solids, I transfer the nappies into the machine. Shells, inserts, wipes, cloth pads, anything with a bodily fluid, nursing pads included, or that is a PUL based and used with food (smocks, bibs ect). I select mixed load on my machine for our prewash cycle, set our soiled levels to high and my water temperature to 60. Once our pre-wash is finished, all the contents is removed from the machine and placed in a plastic washing basket (still wet) for whats called dry pailing.

Dry pailing is the most hygienic way to store pre-wash nappies, the more holes and air movement you have around your basket the better. Smell has never an issue in our home with dry pailing. Before I discovered this common MCN wash routine practice, our nappies were kept in an airtight bucket and as soon as the lid came off the smell was horrendous!

Once we have accumulated enough nappies for a sufficiently well loaded main wash I add them all into the machine with smaller clothing items like underwear, baby clothes, “not-paper” paper towels, socks, wash cloths and intermits in a lingerie laundry bag if the load needs to be bulked. Our main wash cycle is set on our machines as “my wash” setting which I set specifically for nappy main wash. Our settings are;
      • “Cotton”,
      • Added pre wash setting,
      • Added intensity setting,
      • “Very Soiled” setting,
      • 60 degree water temperature,
      • 800 rpm spin speed.
      • This cycle runs for 3hours and 30 minuets.

      How easy is this? When they are done, I remove them from the washing machine and hang them out like normal washing! Once dry, I re stuff or lay the inserts into the shells, snap them together for easy grab and go access on our nappy shelf. DONE. “Rinse and repeat”.

      Insert “fraying” is normal. Due to the material make up of our insert, these frays are just the cut loops coming away from the bamboo. This will clear up in 3-4 wash cycles.

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