The best way to care for your Noonee Wilga items depends on the type of fabrics that they are made from. Read full details for different fabrics below, but in general, if you aren't quite sure what to do, then place them in a delicates bag, use a gentle machine wash in cool water, followed by hanging to dry; avoid using fabric softeners and bleach and do not iron synthetic or elasticated fabrics.
Each Noonee Wilga pad and liner is labelled by engraving on the underneath snap cap. The writing is quite unobtrusive so you may have to look at just the right angle to read it.
I recommend washing before the first use to remove any soil from the manufacturing process of the fabrics. The hemp/organic cotton french terry will gain in absorbency over the next half dozen washings or so.
After use, rinse pads in cold water until the water runs clean. Leave to soak in cold water (changing the water each day) or dry pail and then throw in with the regular wash. Washing pads in a lingerie bag will reduce lint gathering on napped surfaces. You can use any cycle from cold to hot, but hot water will set any stains that haven't already rinsed out. It is inadvisable to use fabric softener with these products so that absorbency is not compromised. Hang to dry, or use a regular dryer cycle. Hanging in the sun is beneficial to help remove stains and for its antibacterial action.
If your pad or liner includes PUL, then do not use vinegar in any part of the washing process as it may damage the waterproofing laminate. Also do not iron as the fabric may melt!
100% polyester fabric that may be used in potty covers, potty bowl covers, fleece outer OneWet Pants, fleece wrap skirt covers, pads etc. Wash these items in a delicates bag to reduce the pilling which may occur with this fabric. Wash in a warm machine wash. Hang to dry or use a warm (not hot) dryer cycle. Never ever ever iron these materials as they can easily melt.
May be used in Noonee Knickers, little underwear, cotton outer OneWet Pants, prefold/nappy belts etc. Wash in a warm machine wash. Hang to dry or use a warm dryer cycle. You could iron these items, but who has time for that. If your item contains elastic (eg at the leg or waist opening) the heat can perish the elastic. Similarly if the fabric is cotton elastane or cotton spandex, then the elastic recovery of the item will be damaged by ironing.
PUL - short for polyurethane laminate is used as a waterproofing layer in some cloth pads, in OneWet Pants and Pull On Pocket Pants etc.
Do not vigorously wring these items by hand as it can damage the laminate which makes the PUL waterproof, however you can squeeze them dry or even twist in a towel. Please do not iron any polar fleece items as it may melt the fabric. Also, the manufacturer of the fabric advises that vinegar in the wash can damage the PUL laminate.
Wool may be used as a backing for some cloth pads, in wool nappy and trainer covers, wool open and split crotch pants, breast pads etc.
These items can be lanolised for greater waterproofing – or used as is. Wash by hand or machine with a wool wash cycle. Use cool to warm water only to avoid shrinking. Hang to dry. Do not iron as it can felt the fabric too.