DIDYMOS fabrics are manufactured without the use of any chemical finishes or aids. Only dyes that are ecologically sustainable, 100% heavy metal-free and skin-friendly are used. New DIDYMOS wraps do not need washed prior to first use (there is no "loom state" since no chemical are used during the manufacturing practice) however a first wash will soften and plump up the fabric.
A DIDYMOS wrap should be washed as often as clothing in order to preserve the fabric and to get as much wear as possible from the baby wrap. Saliva and sweat stains should be immediately rinsed with cold water to prevent the enzymes from damaging the fabric. This applies to fabric blends in particular (linen, hemp, wool, cashmere).
DIDYMOS carriers are created using 100% untreated, organic cotton. Blends are also created using untreated organic cotton with another natural plant fibre or ethically sourced animal fibre. Untreated cotton will shrink slightly during the first wash. All new DIDYMOS wraps are therefore cut a few centimetres longer than advertised. This difference guarantees the right length after washing.
Liquid laundry detergent is recommended and only a small amount is needed. NO optical brighteners or bleaching agents should be used. Detergent residue and deposits of lime can reduce the elasticity of the fabric and can make the fabric feel greasy to the touch. Those with hard water should use water softeners to avoid build-ups.
A dash of vinegar added to the fabric softener compartment of the detergent drawer can help to reduce detergent build-up and also helps to eliminate the typical smell of laundry detergent that babies may find overwhelming. The laundry will be clean but with no smell of detergent nor vinegar.
It is recommended to not overfill the washing machine, allowing enough space in the machine for water. This is particularly important for linen blends since "linen likes to swim" but helps with all textile fibres.
DIDYMOS wraps, DidyTais and DidySlings should only be spun at a low RPM. Wraps made from wool, alpaca, silk or cashmere should not be spun at all.
ATTENTION: Some washing machines, even the newer ones, suggest a fast spin cycle despite a ‘delicates’ or a ‘hand wash’ programme being selected. If this is the case, you must manually select a lower spin cycle or turn it off completely.
Do not tumble dry too hot. Select a delicates setting when possible. Wraps made of wool, cashmere or silk may not be tumbled dried.
We recommend ironing DIDYMOS wraps made from linen, hemp or pure cotton immediately after washing. This prevents creases from forming in the same places, which can shorten the life expectancy of the wrap. The same applies to DidyTais and DidySlings.
We recommend washing your DidyTai inside a pillowcase or a washing net. This helps prevent the shoulder and hip straps getting caught up with the rest of the washing.
You can prevent the rings of the DidySling clanking in the machine by covering them with socks before washing.
Untreated cotton will shrink slightly during the first wash. Pure cotton DIDYMOS fabrics can be washed at temperatures up to 60°C (WARM cycle) with low spin cycle, unless otherwise stated. For fabrics made of blended natural fibres (cotton and another natural plant fibre or ethically sourced animal fibres), please refer to the notes for the specific blends.
Wraps or ring slings made from linen or hemp come off the loom slightly stiff, but they quickly soften up with everyday use and washing. Linen and hemp may only be washed with mild detergent that contains no optical brighteners or bleaching agents! Do not use fabric softener; instead use a dash of vinegar as described above. The saying ‘Linen likes swimming’ also applies to hemp. Never fill the machine more than half-full and do not use any water-saving programs. Fabrics containing linen and hemp should be ironed on the highest setting while still damp. Whilst hemp and linen as fibres have almost no degree of shrinkage, the cotton used in the carrier will have some degree of shrinkage.
Wraps containing wool should be treated as DELICATES and HAND WASHING ONLY is strongly recommended.
Having said all of this, hand washing a wool wrap can be a soothing ritual and does not need to be a labourious process. A wool cycle on the washing machine will also take care of washing needs. Wool has remarkable properties and makes for lovely fabrics so although it does need to be treated with care, the small effort is still worth the reward.
Wraps that contain cashmere require very special care. Please use a laundry detergent that is suitable for woollens that contains no optical brighteners or, alternatively, shampoo. Wash the item in hand-warm water and rinse out any residual detergent with lots of clean water. Follow the wool washing instructions above.
Prima wraps containing cashmere are more sensitive to mechanical influences than pure cotton; hard or sharp objects as well as intermittent stress can damage the fabric. If your wrap becomes damaged, you must not use it as a wrap anymore.
Silk wraps may only be washed at 30°C with liquid detergent that contains no optical brighteners or bleaching agents. A silk wrap should not be spun or dried in the tumble dryer. Damp silk is slightly sensitive to light and should not be dried in bright sunshine. Only iron silk wraps on the silk setting and do not use steam. Perfumes and deodorants can stain silk.
Silk blends, due to their high degree of elasticity, have a tendency to shrink more and also are more narrow in width than the other blends or a 100% cotton wrap or sling.