After publishing the competition post for the Rockin Green giveaway on my Facebook page, it was brought to my attention that a lot of people are concerned or unsure about how to wash them…
First step, always, is to check the care instructions for the brand and type of carrier you have before you attempt to wash it! I have talked more about this in my last post, but essentially it’s a safe guard measure against any issues that you may encounter as it should ensure your warranty if it is new, and really, if you follow the directions from the manufacturer you shouldn’t face any issues in the first place and these products are designed to be used with babies, often spilly, pooey, dirty, messy babies so don’t be afraid to get them dirty!
The most commonly being Soft Structured Carriers, the ones with clips and buckles, which makes sense really… They involve the most intricate process of all the carriers I wash in my library and of most of the options, are probably where the most issues arise in the washing process..
Straps all tightened, buckles secured.
Woven wraps and conversions of them love being washed generally, in fact, they should be washed before you use them if you are buying them new particularly, as most arrive in “loom state” and need an initial wash prior to use to help the weave settle.. I have posted more about this in a blog post; taming the beast here and will touch on how I wash other kinds of carriers further down this post. But firstly considering soft structured carriers, again the recommendations for different brands differ, regardless of these differences though, my first step as general practise for washing all SSCs is to clip up any buckles and tighten the straps as tight as possible. I then stick it in a pillow case and tie up the end with a hair tie or use this extra big laundry bag which fits most carriers and backpacks for that matter, pretty well.
Tula all clipped up and tighten and in a laundry bag
Checking the manufacturers instructions I wash it accordingly using an eco friendly washing powder like Rockin Green or Briars Mix. But again, I want to draw attention to the manufacturers differences of care instruction…
Ergo, for example, as mentioned by one entrant in the competition post, has the following washing instructions on their website;
You can launder your Ergobaby carrier using a mild detergent on a gentle cycle with cold water. You can use the dryer for about 20 minutes. It will still be damp. Hang out to dry for the duration of the drying time.
Tula recommends however, that they not be machine washed too frequently, which can be found on the details of the NZ registered distributor for Tula, Nestlings website;
Yes Tula’s are machine washable. However, we encourage regular maintenance by using a soft cloth, soap and warm water. For machine washes, use cold water with mild detergent. Dry in the open air. (Do not machine wash too often).
Manduca has care instructions which differ slightly again;
So again, the take home message here is check the care instructions for the brand of carrier you own before you wash it…
Diva Essenza Mei Tai stuffed into a laundry bag
With Mei Tai’s, I take the same laundry bag approach to prevent straps being caught or excessively tangled (we have a top loader without a central agitator so tangled comes with the territory). And like all carriers, wraps and slings I personally wash, I lay them flat over a drying rack to dry, out of direct sunlight.
All laid out flat over a drying rack to dry
Washing a ring sling, I simply put a sock over the rings and tie it off and then wash it alone on a delicates cycle. Same for wovens, depending on the blend of the weave, will sometimes alter the temperature at which I wash it but often little else.
Sock over the rings of the ring sling
Always using a powder I am sure doesn’t contain optical brighteners or softening enzymes, always dried as flat as possible, out of the sun and if any straps at all, I stick it in a laundry bag or cover the rings with a sock as the case maybe..
Eco friendly washing powder loaded, Little Frog Ring Sling with a sock on the rings, Diva Essenza Mei Tai in a laundry bag and Tula buckled and straps tighten in a laundry bag, on a cold delicates wash.
Again, this is just how I wash my carriers and is not meant to replace the care instructions that come with your carrier, if you don’t know where the instructions are or bought second hand without them, google is your friend 😉 But also here is another great post about washing your carrier by Sweet Baby Wraps…
The Rockin Green giveaway on my Facebook page will be drawn on the weekend so make sure you have commented on the post to be in the draw!
Also, I have a special code to share with you all that gets you a discount on any Rockin Green purchases of 10%, just use the code “Jess” at checkout 😉