This week’s guest post comes from Eva Van Strijp, founding member of the ANA and owner of Seedling Baby.
It’s about this time of year that mould can become an issue, particularly in moist, warm places that aren’t often visited or cleaned out… like under the laundry tub.
If you use cloth nappies, you’ll want to be extra vigilant against mould, because as with most cloth nappy issues, it’s easier to know how to avoid the problem than it is to try and fix it.
Once affected by mould, it can be almost impossible to completely eradicate the stain from a cloth nappy. Frequently the only thing that may fade mould stains (and this over a period of time) is exposure to UV.
The recipe for mould is very simple: time + warmth + moisture.
If you eliminate one or more of these ingredients, you can easily prevent mould from ever coming into contact with your nappies.
Use these 8 keys to prevent mould from wreaking havoc with your nappies.
- Wash regularly – at least every second day.
- Ensure your nappies are completely dry before putting them away.
- Finish your nappies off in the dryer if you need to.
- Keep the lid off your nappy bucket (use a couple of drops of essential oil to tame the smell).
- Clean your washing machine regularly using half a cup of white vinegar in a hot wash.
- Keep your laundry well-ventilated, especially during and after using the dryer.
- Allow your nappies to have lots of UV; if it’s too hot to hang them directly in sunlight, they can still get UV in the shade, by a window or under a verandah.
- Leave the lid open on your washing machine to allow air flow when not in use.
To eliminate mould from your home, use a vinegar/water solution to wipe mould traces from ceilings, window sills and walls. A 50-50 solution is fine.
Clove oil also works really well on mould, as it kills the mould, rather than simply masking it. Dilute a few drops of clove essential oil in 1 litre of water and use as a spray and wipe solution.
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six, founding member of the Australian Nappy Association and creator of Seedling Baby. When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.