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How to Care and Wash your Reusable Sanitary Pads

1 CommentSunday, 10 February 2019

Prewashing
Always prewash your reusable sanitary pads before first use.  Due to the nature of the fabrics the pads will increase in absorbency with washing and will reach their maximum absorbency around 5 washes (10 for hemp). I always liken this to a new tea-towel it needs some prewashing to fluff up the fibres and make it more effective at drying up those dishes!

Storing to prevent Stains
The best methods to prevent stains from setting are to rinse your pad in cold water and then store in a small waterproof wet bag.   Alternatively soaking them in cold water until wash day is also ideal.  If this isn’t practical, you can rinse in cold water before putting in the washing machine and you could consider using a stain remover on any areas that the blood has dried. However, prevention is better than cure so ideally wetting the pad with cold water before any blood dries is preferential.

Washing
All pads have care labels but generally the rule is to wash at 40deg as higher temperatures can “set” a stain. 
Use powder rather than liquid detergent
Don’t use any fabric softener.

Pads can be added to normal household laundry do a separate rinse first and then add the rest of your laundry.  Make note you should NOT use laundry softener as this will decrease the absorbency over time by leaving a residue on the fabrics.

Drying
Ideally air dry your pads. This helps to keep your pads in better condition and is more environmentally friendly. A “sock” airer is ideal for drying them and can be hung inside in winter for quick drying. Most pads will easily airy dry overnight.  Some pads can be tumble-dried, but this should be done on low and is best avoided as tumble drying can shrink some fabrics and remove fibres (that’s what the fluff is in the filter.)
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