My baby drools, eats messily, my life is busy and my wheelchair tends to roll over everything I own at one point or another. My carriers are no exception to these rules. So when I noticed my favourite carrier, a woven wrap meh dai, was getting pretty filthy, I knew it was time to act. I headed to the laundry room and started to wash my Fidella Fly Tai this week, and realized afterwards that I had never read any instructions about washing woven wraps and baby carriers. I needed to wash it, and I trust my machine, so I just went ahead and did it.
The Fidella Fly Tai is made of a woven wrap material, and hand washing and line drying is recommended. Fortunately for (lazy) me, my washing machine has a Delicates/Handwashing cycle. I added a bit of Tide powder detergent (half of line 1 on the scoop) and away she went. The water temperature was warm and spin was on low. When it was done, I put it in the dryer on my Lowest Heat setting. Now it’s back to it’s pristine condition! There was zero shrinkage, and it’s still the same beautiful Fly Tai that it always was.
Know your Machine
I’m not saying you should ignore washing directions or product labels, I’m just sharing the anecdotal story of how I did things and it turned out great. I have always been a “fly by the seat of your pants and ask forgiveness later” kind of gal. I wasn’t completely blind going in, though. I have used my washing machine’s “Delicates” cycle many times in the past for things that need to be hand washed. I have always had great success with lingerie (ooh la la!), or my Sweet Legs leggings that the lady made a point of saying “hand wash only” when she sold them to me (er, I don’t have time for that).
Last summer, I also washed my Boba 4G canvas buckle carrier on the same settings. It came out perfectly! The handmade, custom suck pads went in there too.
Be sure to check your manuals for details about your own washer and dryers’ delicate and low heat cycles. The bottom line, if it is an available setting for you, and you are willing to take the risk, then this could save you lots of time. For reference, I have a Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer.
How do you Roll?
Did my story give you cold sweats or light shrugs? Are you a follow-the-label or die kind of person, or do you prefer to walk on the wild side of the laundry room? Have you ever washed your wraps or carriers? I want to know! Drop me a comment below.
Ashley Chassereau Parks says
I do the same thing…. I don’t find that most things come out as clean when I try to hand wash and I would much rather use my machine if it isn’t going to mess up the item(s) I’m washing. I treat stains and run in the machine on delicate usually and it helps so much!
Ashley Chassereau Parks says
I just washed up my baby carrier, but it doesn’t have an infant insert so I can’t use it just yet. I need to find a ring sling to use with him since he’s still so small.