Our undergarments excluding waterproofs can be machine washed and dried. If there are fecal stains on the product then you can rinse it by hand first before placing in the wash. By rinsing the product first, it will help prevent stains from setting in, and will rinse out most of the urine. Don’t add any detergent yet. You can do this rinse by hand if necessary.
Then simply place your product in the wash or in a mesh bag, toss it in your washer on cold- 40 degrees Celsius wash with any spin cycle, and finish in the dryer (on low heat cycle) or air dry on the line (which is most preferred and increases the longevity of the product).
For waterproofs only, air drying should be used. Waterproofs should not be soaked.
If you do not have access to a washer or dryer, you can rinse and wash the product by hand and air dry.
If you use bleach, use non-chlorine bleach to prolong the life of your product.
Do not use fabric softener as this may affect absorbency, you can if desired add white vinegar to the wash.
To reduce the odor of the garments you can also add some bicarbonate directly to the wash. (+- 125ml)
There is no need to have them soaking in chemicals. By pre-rinsing, washing in an approved soap, and running a second rinse, our products will not cause allergic reactions to the consumer.
Some people keep the soiled/wet garments in a pail filled with water and some baking soda to fight odors. This isn't recommended because soaking the garments for more than a few hours can cause stains to set. But if you do use a wet pail, pour the liquid into the toilet before starting your wash routine.
Products to use – and avoid
- Use detergent (not soap) that is free of fragrances, enzymes, and other additives, such as whitening and brightening ingredients. (This reduces allergic reactions)
- Avoid fabric softeners and antistatic products, as they can irritate your sensitive skin and make cloth garments less absorbent.
- You may need to use bleach when fighting an infection, such as rashes but bleach breaks down the fibers in cloth undergarments, causing them to deteriorate. It can also ruin some waterproofs.
- To eliminate odor, add a little baking soda (about half a cup per load) to the wash. Another option is to add white vinegar (about one cup per load) to the rinse water. (Vinegar also helps soften the garments)
- Make sure that you're not using too much detergent. Some experts suggest using about half as much detergent for undergarments as you would normally use for a load of clothes.