Period underwear are gaining popularity. I recently got my daughters some period underwear to help make menstruation just a bit easier and more comfortable for them as they are too young to use more comfortable and convenient options like a menstrual cup or menstrual disk.
The guard part of switching to period underwear is learning how to care for them. While period underwear used to be underwear you didn’t mind if got stained because it was cheap or ugly now you have many great options that you want to keep looking great as long as possible.
Washing Your Period Underwear Correctly
You’ll want to make sure you’re properly washing your period underwear to ensure they stay clean and effective during your next cycle.
The first step is to rinse them with cold water as soon as possible after wearing them. This will help remove any residual blood and prevent staining.
After rinsing, you can wash them by hand or in the washing machine. If washing by hand, use a gentle detergent and cold water. Avoid using fabric softener or bleach as they can damage the absorbent material in the underwear.
If using a washing machine, use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. It’s also best to wash them separately from other clothes to prevent any potential staining or damage.
Proper washing and care will help your period underwear last longer and continue to provide the protection you need.
Drying Your Period Underwear Properly
Properly drying your menstrual underwear is crucial to extending its lifespan. After washing, avoid wringing or twisting the fabric as this can damage the fibers and cause them to lose their absorbency. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and lay the underwear flat to dry.
Avoid using a dryer as the high heat can damage the fabric and elastic, causing them to lose their shape and effectiveness. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and remove the underwear promptly once they’re dry.
Hanging your period underwear to dry is also an option, but be sure to avoid direct sunlight as this can cause the fabric to fade.
By properly drying your period underwear, you can ensure that they’ll last longer and continue to provide you with the protection you need during your menstrual cycle.
Storing Your Period Underwear
When storing your period underwear after use, it’s important to keep them neat and organized. Fold or roll them up neatly and tuck them away in a drawer or organizer.
This will not only keep them fresh, but also make it easier for you to find them when you need them for your next cycle.
If you have multiple pairs of period underwear, consider using a designated drawer or organizer to keep them all in one place. This will help you avoid accidentally misplacing or forgetting about them.
Always make sure your period underwear are completely dry before storing them to prevent the growth of bacteria or mold.
By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that your period underwear will be fresh and ready for use whenever you need them.
Handling Stains on Your Period Underwear
Dealing with stains on your menstruation garments can be a hassle, but don’t worry, it’s not impossible to remove them.
The first step is to rinse your period underwear in cold water as soon as possible. Avoid using hot water as it can set the stain and make it more difficult to remove.
After rinsing, apply a gentle detergent directly to the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes before washing as usual.
If the stain persists, try soaking your period underwear in a mixture of cold water and oxygen bleach for a few hours before washing.
With these simple steps, you can keep your reusable undies looking fresh and clean, even during your period.
Dealing with Odor on Your Period Underwear
If you notice a funky smell coming from your menstrual garments, try adding a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine to neutralize the odor. Simply add the vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser or directly to the drum before starting the wash cycle.
The acidity of the vinegar helps break down any odors and leaves your underwear smelling fresh and clean.
Another way to combat odor on your period underwear is to let them air dry in the sun. The UV rays from the sun can help kill bacteria that causes odor.
Plus, hanging your underwear outside to dry also helps reduce energy consumption and is a more eco-friendly option.
Just make sure to avoid direct sunlight on any colored or patterned underwear to prevent fading.
Storing period underwear before washing
We do always have time to wash our period underwear right away. This is particularly true if you are away from home while on your period. A great way to handle this is to use wet bags. These can hang in your bathroom for storage after rising until wash time or put one in your bag for on-the-go.
Wet bags are popular for those using cloth diapers or pads and can be a great tool for your period underwear care as well,.
Remember that switching to period underwear may be a bit of an adjustment but the payoff is well worth it for comfort.