As we age, it can be difficult to find cloth menstrual pads that are free of odor. In most cases, the smell is due to the production of body oils, and as we get older, our bodies produce more oils. Changing your pads regularly can help minimize this problem, but sometimes you just want a natural alternative.
Before getting down to how to remove odor from cloth pads, let’s examine why it happens in the first place. As you use the pads, some of the active ingredients such as potassium nitrate and magnesium nitrate combine with bacteria found in your vagina to produce a nasty odor. This is not only embarrassing for the woman using the pad, but also for anyone else that comes into contact with her pad. There are two ways to remedy this problem. You can either change the pads regularly or soak them in a bowl of water to get rid of the odor.
The problem is that soaking your pads in a bowl will not help much because they are made out of cotton. Tack tape does nothing to help with absorbing liquid that has been sitting on a pad for an extended period of time. In order to solve the odor problem permanently, you need to find a way to change the material that is used to make the pads. Fortunately, there are several options.
Many women use cloth materials that are nonabsorbent. These pads are very useful because they allow a woman to still maintain her bodily functions. By removing the ability to absorbent materials, these pads also eliminate odors. Most cloth pads are actually made out of cotton, hemp, or spandex which are not absorbent materials.
Cotton pads are probably the best choice because they are comfortable and provide a layer of protection between your skin and the pad. They work very well because you can use them during the day and shower as well. The only problem with cotton pads is that they absorb a lot of moisture. When this happens, the pad could get to where it can not stay closed. In addition, this type of pad can end up smelling really bad due to the smell of the fabric mixed with the water that is in the toilet. Because of this, it is probably a good idea to use other absorbent materials such as plastic, twine, ribbon, or even baby diapers.
The other option that you have for cloth menstrual pads is using different absorbent materials that are more specifically made for cloth use. For example, there are pads that are made out of bamboo that work very well. They absorb moisture very well and do not smell at all. These types of pads are great if you are going to be doing a lot of sweating during the day. However, these are not pads that you want to be using when you are trying to prevent odor.
You can also use a cloth that is specifically made for menstrual use. These pads generally have a liner that is made out of polypropylene that can absorb a large amount of moisture from your body and keep it completely dry. These pads generally take care of all of the moisture problems and you do not need to worry about smelling bad. The absorbent nature of the cloth will help to keep the pad completely sealed and closed until it is time to remove them.
The important thing is that you do your research so that you can find the best material for your needs. You can choose from many different materials for cloth menstrual pads. Some of these include nylon, Lycra, cotton, and polyester. Depending on your personal preferences, you may want to invest in one of each so that you can use the pads that you need most.