How to wash and maintain your menstrual panties?

So that it lasts as long as possible, it is important to look after your menstrual panties. Rinsing, washing of the menstrual panties, drying, we explain you how to take care of it!

How to wash your menstrual panties?

Let us enter at once in the heart of the subject by reviewing all the stages of the cleaning of your menstrual panties.

The pre-wash or the rinsing

Like any garment, especially underwear, it is necessary to rinse or pre-wash your menstrual panties when you receive them. It will have been handled before it reaches you. You must therefore be sure of its cleanliness. Pre-washing will also activate the absorbent properties of the menstrual panties. The operation is very simple, it is enough to let soak the underwear during 30 minutes in tepid water or at room temperature. Wring it out and let it dry flat.

In addition to pre-washing when you receive the menstrual panties, it is important to rinse them after each use. When you take them off at night after wearing them for a day, rinse them in cold water until they are clear. You can then put it to dry.

Machine wash

If it is possible to rinse your menstrual panties in order to wear them for several days, at the end of your period, a more thorough washing is necessary. You can perfectly wash your menstrual panties in machine. However, do not exceed 30°. Indeed, the hot water will fix the blood on the panties. In addition, a temperature too hot could damage the natural fibers of your absorbent underwear. We also recommend using a washing net, such as an eco-friendly washing bag, especially if your panties have lace parts. As it will have been rinsed beforehand, you can wash your menstrual panties with the rest of your laundry: no need to do a separate wash. It is moreover quite possible to wash it with the hand by rubbing it delicately with an adapted detergent like our detergent for menstrual panties.

The drying

Another very important stage, the drying. It is necessary to let dry your menstrual panties in the open air. This can take a little time, but will preserve your underwear. It is thicker than a traditional panties, this is why it is recommended to put it well flat. Do not use a tumble dryer, too aggressive for your menstrual panties. Do not place them near heat sources such as a radiator.

Which detergent to use for the washing of a menstrual panties?

We do not recommend industrial detergents to wash your menstrual panties. They contain too many chemicals which can be harmful for the intimate flora. In the same way, the softeners or bleaching agents, are not recommended. They could attack the absorbent part of the panties. Other products to avoid are glycerine-based detergents. Marseille soap or black soap contain a lot of it. This very greasy agent clogs the pores of the fibers of the panties: they would end up losing their absorbency, therefore could leak. Opt for a natural detergent, specially designed for menstrual panties.

What to do if the bad smells persist on your period panties?

Thanks to the absorbent part in fibres of eucalyptus, the menstrual panties retain moisture, but also the bad smells. However, if you find that some odors persist, there is a very simple solution: add a few drops of essential oils when washing. You can choose tea tree or lemon for their antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

How to extend the life of your menstrual panties?

If you want to enjoy your period panties as long as possible, it is important to take good care of them. Rinse it well after each day of use, respect the washing conditions mentioned above.

In the event that your menstrual panties have lost their absorbency, there is a solution. You can use sodium percarbonate. Made from calcium carbonate and salts from natural quarries, this product has properties:

  • Cleaning ;
  • Degreasing;
  • Whitening.

It is also able to deeply unclog clogged fibers. The pores of the fibres of your menstrual panties will be then released, it will find all its absorbing capacities. The process is very simple:

  • Rinse your panties (it should not contain any more blood);
  • Plunge it in hot water, approximately 60°, it is at this temperature that the percarbonate of soda can be activated (even if the temperature exceeds the 30° usually recommended, it is not a problem, because it is an exceptional operation. You won't be doing it every month or week);
  • Add a tablespoon of percarbonate of soda, then mix ;
  • Let it sit for about 12 hours, then machine wash the panties.

Maintaining your period panties: mistakes not to make!

Let us return now on the errors not to be made during the maintenance of your menstrual panties.

No chemical cleaning products

They can damage the fibers of your menstrual panties or discolor the fabric. Here a small recall of the disadvised products:

  • Industrial detergents;
  • The softener and the fabric softener;
  • The stain removers;
  • Bleach;
  • Bleach.

Favour ecological detergents, those with labels. Take the time to read the label to make sure of the composition of each one.

No glycerine-based products

Glycerine is a particularly greasy substance that will clog your menstrual panties. It will be less absorbent, the risks of leakage will thus be increased. For this reason, avoid the detergents containing this ingredient, like those containing soap of Marseille or black soap.

Avoid washing at high temperatures

A too high temperature will fix the blood on your menstrual panties. Its pores will also be clogged and therefore able to absorb less fluid. Do not exceed 30° when you put it in the washing machine, or use lukewarm water if you wash it by hand.

Forget the laundry bag

Another very useful accessory: the wash bag. It will protect your menstrual panties from rubbing in the drum. It will keep its original aspect longer.

Very practical to use, it is however important to look after your menstrual panties to keep it as long as possible. The washing is particularly important.

The FAQ of the washing of the menstrual panties

Which soap to wash its menstrual panties?

To wash your menstrual panties, privilege the natural, organic detergents, having received labels or certifications. You can also opt for our Elia detergent especially created for the panties of rules.

How to wash its menstrual panties with the hand?

To wash your menstrual panties by hand, choose a suitable detergent. Then, wet your underwear in warm water then rub gently by insisting on the thicker absorbent zone. Rinse thoroughly, then lay the underwear flat.

How do I remove odor from my menstrual panties?

If your menstrual panties start to smell even after washing, add a few drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil to remove them.

What to do when your menstrual panties are no longer absorbent?

In case your menstrual panties lose absorption, you can use sodium percarbonate. It de-inks in depth the fibers which will regain in effectiveness.



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