If you have just received your order, it is essential to wash your lingerie once before wearing it, as with any garment in contact with your skin!
All our period panties are made of organic cotton and are free of chemical solvents. However, our pretty black cotton is dyed with dyes, safe for the skin and mucous membranes, which can sometimes bleed during the first washings. Moreover, for reasons of hygiene, it is obviously advisable to machine wash our products before using them. Moreover, a first washincreases the absorption capacity of our absorbent textile made of eucalyptus fibres.
To care for your lingerie, it is advisable to first rinse it in a basin ofcold water until the water runs clear. However, there is no need to soak it, a quick rinse is sufficient. If stubborn stains persist, it's time to use our stain remover stick and leave for 15 minutes.
We strongly recommend using our special menstrual panties detergentWe strongly recommend the use of our hypoallergenic and glycerin-free fabric softener for Elia lingerie, and in general for all garments worn close to the body. It prolongs the life of your menstrual panties by preserving their absorbency throughout the years.
To soften your clothes, do not use fabric softener: if your water is hard and chalky, prefer white vinegar, which has anti-chalk properties and helps to fight against the dry appearance of clothes after washing. It also neutralizes bad smells. You will avoid having recourse to chemical and perfumed products of the trade, which are not in any case recommendable for underwear worn close to the body!
Once you have rinsed your lingerie with clear water, you can then put it in the washing machine with your other clothes: no risk of staining! We recommend putting your lingerie in our washing net: the zippers of the other clothes can quickly catch our lace or the seams.
Prefer a low temperature wash in our ecological laundry bag Elia recommends machine cycles at 30° or 40°.
You can, if you wish, wash your menstrual lingerie by hand, but we recommend at least a machine wash at the end of each cycle to be sure to eliminate any trace of bacteria.
As with all fine lingerie, it is advisable not to tumble dry your underwear to avoid damaging the fabric fibres. This is especially true for Elia lingerie, in order to prolong the life of the natural and delicate materials that make up the absorbent zone.
If you prefer toair-dry, you will also help the environment!
For the same reasons, we do not recommend ironing your panties. Drying them flat should be sufficient! Otherwise, you should set the temperature of your iron to the lowest setting and place a towel between the iron and your underwear to prolong its durability.
It is highly possible that in winter, your period underwear will take longer to dry (up to 48 hours). Indeed, our interiors are often more wet and cooler, which lengthens the duration of natural drying in the open air and deprives us of warming sunrays.
We recommend in this case to wring out your lingerie well (the ideal being the cycle of spinning of a washing machine) and to lay it down flat on a towel-dryer or tepid radiator (maximum 40°c, just like for the machines). It is however important to put back your menstrual panties only once quite dry, to avoid any development of bacteria.
You can also equip you with one or two additional menstrual panties to leave you more time between the bearings until the complete drying!
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Avoid detergents that contain glycerine, which clogs the absorbent fibers and makes them water resistant in the long run: liquids may bead up on the surface, and it's less effective! Discover the difference in detail in our video below.
Be careful with the composition of Marseille Soap for example: only a tiny amount of glycerin from the natural saponification process should remain in the original recipe.
For the same reasons, we do not recommend the use of fabric softeners, as these are greasy compositions formulated to limit static electricity and soften the laundry, but which reduce the efficiency of absorption and clog the machines in the long run! Moreover, you should not use them on all absorbent household linen: bath towels, tea towels... as well as sportswear and menstrual panties!
Our laundry bag is perfect for holding your
menstrual lingerie and other delicate pieces during machine washing. It can hold up to 3 period panties. Its pretty black color makes it a stylish laundry bag, which will not wash out over time or fade.
With our eucalyptus fibre absorbent zone, there are no unpleasant odours: it has anti-bacterial properties and provides a fresh feeling to neutralise odours.
However, we recommend that you rinse it in cold water after wearing it, and put it in the machine quickly: any garment that stays wet for too long can develop a damp smell.
If an odour persists, you can always use a few drops of essential oils when washing, but if you follow our care instructions, this should not be necessary.
If your underwear has been washed at over 40° or accidentally put in the dryer, don't worry! However, we recommend washing at a low temperature for the following reasons:
The absorbent area made of eucalyptus fibres tends to shrink slightly when heated. It is still as absorbent as ever, but you may notice that the cotton on top, which has not moved, wrinkles under the effect of the slightly shrunken absorbent layer. The problem lies mainly in the repeated use of high temperatures (washing above 40°C, drying etc...) which can be responsible for a perforation of the waterproof membrane which would no longer fulfil its anti-leakage role!
Blood "cooks" at high temperatures, and stains are therefore more difficult to remove once they have been heated: this is why it is better to first carry out a manual rinse with cold water. However, the inside of our panties is all in black, to avoid unsightly stains.
The life span of your panties (and that of classic lingerie) is reduced with high temperature washing, so it is better to avoid doing it!
This is a discoloration that can occur when some of us have slightly more acidic vaginal secretions. This just discolours the cotton but does not affect the functioning of the panties.
To minimise this, rinse them in cold water without soap as soon as possible after wearing them! And then put them in the washing machine, but this is only an aesthetic aspect!
This is a problem that is specific to all panties with a black bottom (menstrual or not) because it depends on our personal acidity (white discharge like blood), which can vary and be more or less important during the same cycle.
This does not spare organic cottons and Oeko-tex certified fabrics and is in no way a sign of poor quality of materials. There is no need to worry about this, it does not affect the effectiveness of our products!
In general, we advise you to change your underwear more regularly and to rinse it quickly after wearing it if you do not want to alter the aesthetics of your panties.