How to care for your Cloth Sanitary Pads
72 Comments25 March 2014 | Admin
We are LOVING our new Cloth Sanitary Pads here at Cheeky Wipes HQ. Really. Tampons are no longer an option (4 kids, I sneeze and the tampon shoots out!) and I hate those horrible paper sanitary pads as they remind me of maternity pads. They smell bad and if you're not careful the bit to stick in your knickers will inadvertently give you a bikini wax. OUCH.
How do cloth sanitary pads work?
The pads come with a popper which fastens under the gusset (LOL, love that word) of your knickers. This same popper can also be used to discreetly popper the pad closed before and after use, like so...
Obviously change your pad as often as necessary. I was caught unawares at a recent baby show and came on 2 days early. I had one pad in my bag, which lasted me right through the day, without leaking which I thought was impressive. Personally I would have preferred to change it at least once through the day, with a fresh onefor overnight, but it did the trick.
I've got a soiled cloth sanitary pad - what now?
First of all, it's not that gross. Really! Soak immediately in cold water. It's got to be cold as blood is a protein stain, so putting hot water anywhere near it will set the stain. You can use one of our mucky boxes for this, or an old nappy bucket. Stick a few drops of teatree oil in there too (sells great and kickstarts the hygiene process).
I gave the most soiled bits of mine a bit of a squirt with some 'oxyaction' type stain remover, then popped in the wash in my mesh bag to keep them together
Wash on a 20c or 30c degree standard wash (not a rapid wash). On my machine this takes about 2 hours 45 mins. Use your normal powder / liquid but no fabric softener. I use a magnaball in my washing anyway to help soften my washing so this isn't a problem for me.
Washing your pads at a higher temperature will set blood stains and can cause shrinkage on our cotton pads, so is not recommended.
I hope that makes sense - feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.