Tips on how to wash cloth pads
Probably one of the biggest hangups when it comes to switching to cloth pads is the fact you have to wash them. It seems scary, overwhelming and....gross! Don't be fooled! Washing cloth pads is no harder than washing your underwear. It's easy, it's fast and it's not even gross! If you are used to having a smelly garbage can of disposable pads in your bathroom you will love how much better cloth pads are, they don't smell! Here are 3 tips to washing cloth pads to help you get started:
Tip #1- Don't soak them!
That's right, many people assume that because blood is involved that stains will be difficult to fight and that soaking is one more step you need to add to your laundry routine. Wrong! Soaking is highly discouraged and completely unnecessary. Soaking can be hard on the fabric and if left for more than a day can start to smell. Our best advice is to take off a used pad, toss it in a wet bag until you are ready to wash them and then shake the bag out into the washer. Wash in cold, warm or even hot (the cooler the better for fabric longevity) and then right into the dryer. Yes, they are dryer safe! That's it!
Tip #2- NO Fabric Softener!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to not wash your cloth pads with fabric softener. Why? Fabric softener coats the fabric itself to make it soft but this coating also will repel liquids, NOT what you want your pads to do. Make sure to not use fabric softener in the washer or the dryer (it can even be hidden in your laundry detergent so please read labels). If you want some extra softness a more natural way you can add a cup of vinegar to your washer and it will help soften (and don't worry, they won't come out smelling like vinegar). Dryer balls are another great eco-friendly alternative.
Tip #3- Peroxide is the Best Stain Remover
Worried about stains? Minky topped pads are stain resistant but if bamboo or cotton are more your style then this is a great trick. Blood is actually a very easy stain to remove in the grand scheme of things. Pick up a bottle of peroxide at your local pharmacy and squirt some directly on the stain, watch it bubble up and fizz, then rinse with cold water once the fizzing has stopped. The stains will fizz right out. It's like magic! We also sell Stain Remover Bars that rub on if peroxide isn't your thing. Watch peroxide work on a shirt (finger booboo) in our video.
*Note that these tips are most specific to Tree Hugger Cloth Pads but can apply to other brands as well. Always consult with the instructions from the manufacturer for best results.
**Bamboo topped pads do need to be washed on their own the first couple of times to be sure the dye is set.