FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often should I wash cloth diaper covers?
How often an adult diaper cover needs to be washed varies with use. If diapers remain unsoiled during the day, you can go two or three days without washing your cloth diaper cover. If you leak or otherwise soil your diaper cover, it’s important to remove the cover and wash it.
How often you wash incontinence diaper covers will also depend on the number of covers you have. But, in general, if your cover is lightly soiled, you can wait a couple of days to wash it. But, if your cover is heavily soiled, you should wash it as soon as possible to prevent bacteria.
How do I care for diaper covers?
Like most products, you should wash your diaper covers once before use. You do not need to follow a different procedure the first time you wash your diaper cover. But washing your diaper cover before wearing them will protect you from harsh manufacturing chemicals or shipping contaminants.
Caring for your incontinence briefs after each wear will prevent them from damage. Oftentimes, you’re unable to immediately wash underwear. In these instances, rinse out your underwear and store them in a breathable bag or hang dry them. Then, wash your cloth diaper covers as soon as possible. Rinsing slows bacteria growth and drying them prevents mold.
Washing your diaper covers is like washing your clothes. In fact, some people will wash their cloth diaper covers with their regular laundry. There are some easy rules to remember when washing your incontinence briefs. Use a mild soap and no fabric softener. Also, remember not to use high heat to wash or dry your diaper covers.
If you’re unsure about how to take care of your diaper covers, be sure to check the care recommendations and you can't go wrong.
What is the purpose of a diaper cover?
Diaper covers are a backup to your backup. Incontinence can strike at any time and being prepared with a diaper will help. But, sometimes, an adult diaper isn’t enough and so a diaper cover can be used to add an extra layer of protection. One of the best benefits of diaper covers, like waterproof diaper covers, is that your clothes stay protected from leaks and other accidents.
What materials are used to make adult diaper covers?
There are several different materials used to make adult diaper covers. One of the most popular for adults is vinyl or other “plastic pants.” Plastic pants stand out as a cheap and dependable option, but they frequently are uncomfortable.
The preferred alternative for most folks is a PUL waterproof diaper cover. PUL is a polyester material that works fantastic – as long as the material doesn’t get too wet. If the fabric gets soaked through, it will wick to the outside of the plastic pants.
A third option is a wool diaper cover. Wool is more expensive than other covers – but lasts longer and can go weeks between washings. Wool is excellent at repelling moisture and dries quickly if it gets damp. There is a little bit of a trade-off with wool. But it can be worth it.
Which other incontinence supplies are worn under a diaper cover?
Adult diaper covers can be used over a variety of products. For example, adult diapers can confidently be used over pads and shields as an added protection against incontinence. Adult diapers can also be used over bowel incontinence supplies to protect your clothing from accidental fecal matter.
Are all diaper covers waterproof?
Not all cloth diaper covers are waterproof. Diaper covers are not meant to be absorbent – they are meant to prevent leaks and other incontinence from ruining your clothing. With that said, most diaper covers do have some level of water repellent or waterproof aspect to them. Regardless, you can feel confident when you use diaper covers that you have an extra barrier of protection.
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