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artsygirl643
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I'm happy- I finally saved enough money to get reusable cloth pads and they shipped today! Hopefully no more irritation from those plastic chemically disposables! Anyway, I wanted to know how to go about washing them. Like do you wash it right after you use it, or wait till your period's over (but wouldn't the ones from the beginning get really stained?) I thought there was a forum where other members talked about how they wash their pads but I can't find it. Thanks for the help!
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Heather
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Whoohoo!

There are a whole bunch of approaches to this, so maybe a few of us could just crowdsource them for you.

Personally, the way I handle this is that I rinse pads after I use them, or soak them in water overnight. I have a friend who keeps a little covered metal trashbin with cold water for this purpose.

Then I squeeze them out, hang them to dry and just wash them all when my period is over or wash them with any other load of wash if I'm doing one before then.

Pads that are made of dark colors won't tend to stain, but if you have light colored ones you want to stain less (I mean, they're menstrual pads, so it's not like it's not okay for them to be stained), one trick can be to put a capful or so of hydrogen peroxide on them before you rinse them, and let it bubble a bit. That's a good thing for blood stains, period, like on sheets, etc.

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If I store it in the bucket of water for the remainder of my period should I be concerned about harboring mold or bacteria?
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Heather
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I'd not keep the,m in the same bucket for a week, because yeah, standing water for a week, for any reason? Never a good thing.

I'd only use that for overnight soaking.

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Ah,got it. Thank you! [Smile] I'm so excited to get them in the mail ^_^ They have really cute ones on etsy.
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