If you have just received your order, it is essential to wash your lingerie once before wearing it, as for any garment in contact with your skin!
All our period panties are made of organic cotton and 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 advised to machine wash our products before using them. In addition, a first washincreases the absorption capacity of our eucalyptus fiber absorbent textile.
To take care of your lingerie, it is advisable to first rinse it in a basin ofcold water until the water is clear. There is no need to soak it, however, a quick rinse is sufficient. If stubborn stains persist, it's time to use our stain remover stick and leave it on for 15 minutes.
We strongly advise you to use our special menstrual panties detergent hypoallergenic and without added glycerin for Elia lingerie, and in general for all clothes worn close to the body. It prolongs the life of your menstrual panties by preserving their absorbing power throughout the years.
To soften your clothes, don't use fabric softener: if your water is hard and chalky, use white vinegar, which has anti-chalk properties and helps fight against the dryness of clothes after washing. It also neutralizes bad odors. You will avoid using chemical and perfumed products from the market, which are not recommended for underwear worn close to the body anyway!
Once you have rinsed your lingerie with clear water, you can then put it in the machine with your other clothes: no risk of stain! We recommend putting your lingerie in our washing net: the zippers of other clothes can quickly catch our lace or the seams.
Prefer a low temperature wash in our ecological washing net Elia recommends machine cycles at 30° or 40°.
You can, if you wish, wash your menstrual lingerie by hand, but we recommend at least one passage in machine 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 fibers. 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 preserve the environment!
For the same reasons, we do not recommend ironing your panties. Drying them flat should be sufficient! Otherwise, you should set your iron temperature 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 menstrual lingerie takes longer to dry (up to 48 hours). Indeed, our interiors are often more humid and cooler, which extends the natural drying time in the open air and deprives us of warming sunrays.
We recommend in this case to spin your lingerie well (the ideal being the spin cycle of a washing machine) and to lay it flat on a towel dryer or warm 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!
The beautiful days will return soon and will accelerate the time of drying...
Avoid detergents that contain glycerin, which will eventually clog the absorbent fibers and make them waterproof in the long run: liquids may bead up on the surface, and it's less effective! Discover the difference in detail on our video below.
Be careful with the composition of the Marseille Soap: 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 softener because these are fatty 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! You should not use them on all absorbent household linen: bath towels, tea towels... as well as sportswear and menstrual panties!
Our wash net 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 an elegant wash bag, which will not wash out over time or fade.
With our eucalyptus fiber absorbent zone, there are no bad odors: it has anti-bacterial properties and provides a fresh feeling to neutralize odors.
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 odor persists, you can always use a few drops of essential oils when putting it in the machine, 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 fibers tends to shrink slightly under the effect of heat. 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 a too repeated use of strong heats (washing higher than 40°C, drying etc...) which can be responsible for a performance of the waterproof membrane which would not fulfill any more 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 it!
It is indeed a discoloration phenomenon that can happen when some of us have vaginal secretions a little more acidic. This just discolors the cotton but does not affect the proper functioning of the panties.
To minimize them, 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!
It is a problem that is specific to all black bottomed panties (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 cotton and Oeko-tex certified fabrics and is in no way a sign of poor quality materials. There is no need to worry about this, it does not affect the effectiveness of our products!
We generally advise in these cases to change your clothes more regularly and to rinse your underwear quickly after wearing it if you do not want to alter the aesthetics of your panties.