Our pads are machine wash and dry friendly. Rinse in cold water prior to washing with your regular detergent. Our pads were made to fit into your regular laundry routine, so there’s no need for a fussy, complicated washing process. Just toss ‘em in the machine with your other laundry! As with all dark or brightly colored laundry - wash with like colors. Our pads should be completely dry before storing in a clean, dry place.
We recommend using natural laundry products where possible, to protect our environment, and because regular detergents can often contain hidden bleach or fabric softeners that can affect the performance of your new pads. Avoid the use of chlorine bleach or fabric softeners, as this will decrease the performance and absorbency of our products and is harmful to the environment.
A few cautionary notes:
If you choose to soak before washing, do not soak pads for longer than a few hours without changing he water they're in.
It’s not our recommended method, but if you choose to hand wash your pads, be sure to rinse well, as detergent build-up can inhibit absorbency and lead to odor issues.
Avoid the use of Hydrogen Peroxide or Oxygen Brighteners. While these products can be excellent at removing blood stains, they are also harsh on natural fibers, causing the fabric around the snap to weaken.
Here are a couple of extra tips:
- Do not iron your pads. The outer layer is made of PUL (polyurethane laminate) and it will either shrink causing your pad to come loose at the seams, or it will melt
- Make sure you wash them at a temperature no higher than 40 degrees Celsius (that's around 100 Fahrenheit)
- Soak in cold water as soon as possible AND gently rinse the majority of the blood into a sink/bath before putting in the washing machine.
- You can also try adding some salt or baking soda + apple cider vinegar to the soaking water. You can soak them for a whole day if I you're not putting a wash on straight away. Just be sure to change the water if soaking longer than a day.
- Be careful not to overload the washing machine, water needs to be able to circulate freely without fighting through lots of clothing.
- Hang in the sun, sunlight bleaches stains
- Some light staining is inevitable, if you're a heavy bleeder or you're not comfortable with the stains I would recommend using the darker skin facing fabric pads. Staining does not mean the pad is dirty.