Care for your Noonee Wilga items depends on the 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.
Noonee Wilga pads and liners are labelled by engraving on the underneath snap cap.
Wash 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.
Do not use fabric softener with pads and liners as it may reduce absorbency. Hang to dry, or use a regular dryer cycle. Hanging in the sun is beneficial to help remove stains and for its antibacterial action.
Avoid the use of vinegar when washing pads with PUL as it can damage the laminate.
100% polyester fabric may be used in potty covers, potty bowl covers, fleece outer OneWet Pants, fleece wrap skirt covers, pads etc. Wash these 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 as it may melt the fabric.
Avoid the use of vinegar in the wash as it 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.