If your house is anything like ours you will be going through MANY bibs per day. Regardless of how absorbent and amazing our bibs are they still need to be changed regularly, and that means lots of washing. We take care in making our bibs to ensure they can withstand not only lots of drooling, but also lots of washing.
Here are some simple things you can do to take the best care of your bibs.
- Wash with similar colours.
- Wash in cold or warm water, never hot.
- Avoid fabric softener. Fabric softener coats fabric in a waxy layer that repels liquid making your bibs, towels, etc. less absorbent. If you really want to use it, try adding it only every 3-4 washes.
- Do not bleach.
- Avoid leaving worn wet bibs sitting in a basket for days before washing, get them in the machine as soon as you can, preferably same day to avoid any mould from developing.
- Avoid soaking for long periods. Sometimes we need to give things a good soak to remove stubborn marks and stains, try to keep it to about 30 minutes. Soaking fabrics for too long can cause colours to run or fade, and can even cause fabrics to break down. If you wake up and realise you've left them overnight, they will more than likely be perfectly fine (I do this myself). So please don't leap out of bed in a panic and trip on a walker before your morning coffee!
- Give each bib a little flick or shake when you hang them out, to help them dry in perfect shape. I like to hang them on the line by fastening the snaps around the line. This allows them to dry perfectly.
- Line dry in the shade. Don't leave bibs in direct sunlight for too long, as with all fabrics this can cause colours to fade.
- Line drying is preferred but you can tumble dry bibs on a low heat. Ideally avoid using the dryer every time to dry your bibs as it can cause shrinkage and fabric damage. Grab them out when they are dry not hot. Avoid dryer sheets - as mentioned above fabric softener can make your bibs less absorbent.
- Dry bibs are soon as possible after washing to avoid mould from forming. Please note we have never had an issue with mould developing on our dribble bibs, but any damp fabrics left to sit can develop mould.
- Ensure bibs are thoroughly dry before storing. 3 absorbent layers mean a bit more drying time but it's worth it to keep your important person dry!
I literally do not iron anything but if you fancy giving your bibs an iron go for it! Just remember:
- Only cool iron.
- Only iron on the cotton top layer - the coloured/patterned layer, not the base fleece layer.
- Do not iron over the snap fasteners, they are plastic and could melt!
Hopefully this is informative and helps you take great care of your bibs so they can take care of your drool!