Laundry detergents, laundry soaps The thing that puts most people off using cloth nappies is the thought of soaking and washing them. It is true that cloth nappies will take a little more work, however it is simply a matter of getting into a routine and it will only take 10 to 15 minutes of your time per day. Modern washing machines and detergents mean that there is very little work in keeping nappies clean. There is also a method which does not involve soaking, called Drypailing. This is used by most modern cloth users.