Proper Care of Plastic Pants

Extending the life of your Pants

With waterproof vinyl or plastic pants the key to extended life is rinsing them as soon as practical after each use. This is especially true if you use lotions or oils as both can cause vinyl to stiffen and eventually crack. Even if you don’t use lotions or oils both urine and fecal matter are highly acidic so prompt rinsing after use is strongly recommend.

Eliminating Stains

Often stains can be almost completely eliminated if the plastic pant is thoroughly rinsed right away after soiling. If the pant remains soiled for an extended period of time the stain will set and becomes virtually impossible to remove.

Soap & Detergent

Please note we said rinse, not wash. This is because soaps and detergents can remove or leech-out plasticizers in the material that help keep the pant soft and pliable. Of course occasionally it is necessary and desirable to wash them with a mild soap.

Fill a sink with fairly warm water that’s not too hot for you to put your hand in without discomfort. Add a few of drops of very mild liquid soap and gently hand wash. Then drain the basin, refill with plain water and rinse thoroughly.

Proper Drying

Never, ever place plastic or vinyl pants in the dryer. If you are washing a single pair of pants, they can be placed on the showerhead to drip dry. We suggest placing them through a leg opening and letting the crotch rest on the showerhead. If you don’t have a shower or need to dry several pairs of pants you can place them on wire hangers to dry. You may need to bend or reshape the hanger. Sunlight is great for diapers but can be harmful to plastic pants so be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. To speed drying time, pat them dry inside and out with a towel before hanging.