Wash & Care Tips For Washable Menstrual Pads

What should I use to wash my pads?

You can use your normal laundry powder or liquid that you wash your clothes with. Do not use bleaches, napisan, vinegar or fabric softeners these will deteriorate the fabrics and fabric softener will inhibit the absorbency of the pads. For those that want to give their pads a soak from time to time, we recommend an oxygen wash.

We suggest using an ice cream container or similar container with a lid. Fill with cold water and place your used pads into this. You can give them a rinse prior to popping into your water container or just put them straight in. Do not leave in water any longer than 12 hours. When you are ready to wash your pads, drain the water from your pad container, rinse under cold water and place into the washing machine. You might like to use a laundry soap on any stains that may occur. While it is not necessary to wash your pads separately, some people prefer to keep them separate from other laundry. If you are a cloth nappy user you can wash your pads with your cloth nappies or even a load of towels is fine.

Hot or Cold Wash?

Machine wash on cold or a cold cycle. Do not hot wash unless they have had a cold wash first to remove any blood residue. Hot washes may set blood stains and will also deteriorate the water proof layer of your pads over time. A hot wash on your clean pads every so often is fine but not recommended too often.

How should I dry my pads?

We recommend drying your pads outside on the line, the sun has amazing sanitizing properties and does wonders to freshen your pads and minimize stains. We highly recommend using a pad drying strap here, these can prevent your pads drying bunched over from your pegs. You clip the drying strap over the line and then clip each wing of the pads together from the bottom dome on the drying strap. This means you can hang 4-5 pads from the one strap on your washing line.

For pads that aren’t fully dry when you bring them in from the line can be place overnight in the hot water cupboard or the dryer for 20 mins on a cool to medium heat. Avoid using the dryer on a hot heat and prolonged use of the dryer as this may deteriorate the waterproof layer of your pads quicker.


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