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Cloth nappies

There are many reasons to use cloth nappies (also known as real or reusable nappies):

  • Babies that use cloth nappies are often potty-trained earlier than others, and there’s no greater risk of nappy rash.
  • Overall you’re likely to spend less than you would on disposable nappies – and if you have another child, it won’t cost you any more.
  • Using them could halve your household waste.
  • They are simple to use and can be used with liners that are washable or flushable.

Disposable nappies

Disposable nappies cannot be recycled and should be put into your rubbish bin, as they contaminate recycling.

News about the trial cloth nappy kit scheme

Please note that we no longer host the trial cloth nappy kit scheme.

Washing cloth nappies

Here is some advice from the NHS website:

  • If the items you are washing are likely to cause illness (high risk), they should be washed at 60C with a bleach-based product. Items are likely to cause illness if you have someone in your home who has an infectious illness. For example, clothes soiled with vomit or poo (including resusable nappies) are high-risk.
  • Always remove vomit or poo from clothing before washing and flush it down the toilet. Heavily soiled items and items used in food preparation should be washed separately from other items.
  • You can protect yourself from infection by wearing gloves when handling high-risk laundry and always washing your hands for 20 seconds afterwards. Find out more about washing high-risk items here.

Useful links

For information and advice about the coronavirus in Surrey, click here



Request a cloth nappy trial kit

To arrange a trial, please complete the form below.

You must live in Surrey and pay your council tax to a Surrey district or borough council to receive this service.

Cloth nappies - Request a trial kit

Becoming a trial kit host

If you would like to host a trial kit and offer advice to local families about using cloth nappies, please email: