How to wash


Hemp is a sensitive fabric and care does need to be taken when washing and drying. 

  • Do not prep your Pokkelokkie flats. Just start using them.
  • Cold wash hemp. Do a 30`c wash once a week.
  • Colours have been known to run if you hot wash. Please wash separately with dark colours COLD for the first 2-3 washes (add some towels and clothes to fill it up). If bleeding occurs don`t stress- it DOES wash out.
  • Hemp flats do not remain a perfect square. See how to work with the shape change here.
Cotton fleece
  • Do not prep.
  • Cold or warm wash (30`C).


Breastfed babies: poop is water soluble and can go straight into the washing machine. The yellow "stains" can be rubbed with sunlight bar or boerseep and nappies hung in the sun - the sun gets rid of "stains".

Formula fed babies: rinse the nappy before adding to the machine.

Once baby is eating solids, poop must be discarded into the toilet before washing. Use a fleece liner as poop falls off the liner much easier than the cloth. Hold it over the loo and shake or get a bidet sprayer- affordable and is life changing. Simply spray poop off into the loo.

How to clean a poop nappy without a diaper sprayer (4 months +) :

Machine wash:

  1. Rinse the nappies on a pre rinse cycle. Cold water. No detergent. Or hand rinse in bath water.
  2. Machine MUST BE ¾ full. Add a towel to an emptier load.
  3. Add the recommended amount of detergent.
  4. Run the main/cotton/fuzzy cycle (must be the longest cycle) on cold (max 30`c for hemp).
  5. No softener. EVER!
  6. Note on NIGHT nappies- rinse IMMEDIATLY off the bum in hot water well. Then store until wash day.


A bucket and plunger works brilliantly(makes for strong arms too):

  1. Add your nappies to the bucket filled with cold (grey)water. Plunge 40 – 50 times.
  2. Fill bucket with warm (grey) water.
  3. Add detergent and plunge about 90 – 100 times.
  4. Refill the bucket with cold (grey) water and plunge another 50 odd times to get rid of the soap.
  5. Drain, squeeze out the water and line dry.
  6. Wash covers separately until clean then dry.
  • Hang nappies in the sun to get rid of stains.
  • Use a bit of sunlight green bar or boerseep (soap made from animal fat that is amazing) to get rid of "stains".

PUL covers

  • Wash COLD. NO hot machine washing.
  • Hand washing is recommended for day to day washing.
  • Air dry one on the window. Rotate 3 - 4 a day.
  • Avoid direct sun drying with the inside facing the sun.
  • Do not soak in water, as this can reduce the life of the elastics.

Fleece covers

  • Wash either with nappies or clothes inside a pillow case to prevent unwanted fluff catching.
 Softshell covers
  • Wash cold (NO heat).
  • Wash in a pillow case/mesh bag to preserve the fold over elastic.
  • Close the velcro tabs.