Caring For Mamma Pads Is Easy
If you've researched Menstrual Pads at all, you've probably run across dozens if not hundreds of suggested washing "routines." Some are simple, and some are so complex it seems like you'll be spending an entire day washing!
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1.Hopefully you don't have any 'solids', but if you do, simply dunk them in the toilet until they come off.
2. Put into either a 'dry' or 'wet' pail.
- Wet Pail
This is a bucket (with a locking lid) that you soak dirty pads in until washing day. Some people add a pinch of baking soda. This requires a spin before washing to get all the extra nasty water out. This can be heavy and nasty to carry to the wash though. If you find that you HAVE to wait 3-4 days before washing (NOT recommended), use the wet pail method.
- Dry Pail
This is what most people do. They simply have a dry container for putting the soiled pads in. You could also use a wet bag for this to keep it simple.
1. If you used a wet pail method, run a spin cycle with the wet pads in it.
3. Hot Wash & Cold rinse - Hot water is required to sterilize the pads and remove germs. Use a hot wash with cold rinse. Add detergent (use store bought, not homemade).
4. Dry- Line drying will prolong the life of your cotton, hemp, or bamboo pads. Many people use the dryer on high heat. Some people recommend high heat for PUL fabric. This is up for debate though as it still breaks down faster using a dryer. Should you choose to line dry, the sun is an excellent bleaching agent and should help remove any stains.
5. Put Away- Or leave in a pile, in the laundry basket, or shove in a drawer. Whatever "method" works best at your house.
Do's and Don'ts
Cold prerinse & spin
Use store bought UNSCENTED liquid detergent
Hang in the sun to remove stains
Always include hot water and detergent in your wash routine
DO NOT Use any fabric softener
DO NOT Use bleach of anything made with PUL fabric
DO NOT Use Sportswash, Charlie's Soap or Bac-Out. These products can cause allergic reactions when used improperly.
DO NOT Iron you pads (really, how much time do you have!?)
DO NOT Overfill your washing machine. Your pads needs good water circulation to get clean.
DO NOT Soak in a wet pail without a LOCKING lid (this is a drowning risk for kiddos!)
DO NOT Let your pads sit unwashed for more than 3-4 days. They will develop mildew stains and will become incredibly hard to get clean.
DO NOT NOT NOT use a homemade laundry soap with felsnaptha. I learned the hard way not to do this. It actually puts quite a barrier on the diaper making it hold in stink, not get stains clean AND unabsorbent.
Written by Elizabeth Singler