When the 3-year old washes her face, her 5-yearold brother “is making sure that it doesn’t get muddy” by using a cloth weaver.
When the 3 year old was washed and dried, she used a cotton swab, which she wrapped in plastic and then wrapped around the clothes, so it “won’t dry out”.
This makes her clothes more durable and more comfortable, said her aunt, Tanya, on the ABC’s Q&A program.
“When she puts on clothes she’s got to use cotton, so the clothes she washes are going to get wet, and so you need to use the cotton swabs and wrap them around.”
Tanya says that the swabs are the same size as a shoelace, so if the clothes are wet, it can be difficult to see what’s happening with the swab.
“She has to be careful, because if she puts clothes on, the cotton is going to catch and rub on the fabric and so it’s not going to dry out,” she said.
“So you’re always going to have to be extra careful.”
While many children will not need to wear their clothes for a long time, some will have to take on extra care when they go to the washing machine.
This means they may need to make their own cotton swaths, which can be more costly and more time-consuming.
And when the clothes come out of the washing machines, the clothing is likely to be a bit greasy, said Ms Kipp, because the cotton can get stuck to the fabric, which means it needs to be washed twice.
While there are some “fairytale” examples of babies being able to use clothes to wash themselves, the average adult won’t be able to.
“You need to be very careful,” Ms Kipper said.
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