12 May, 2016

Cloth Pads - Part 3

Hello, Amazing People!! Sorry, this post has taken me soooooo incredibly long to get out. Life has been a whirlwind lately, in a wonderful way!

This post is ALL about cleaning the cloth pads. I will say there will be some blood colouring but you won't see anything that should make you squeamish.

If you have any additional questions that I haven't answered here or in the previous posts, please reach out to me!

Part One - Your Questions Answered
Part Two - Meet the Pads
Part Three - Caring for Your Pads 

 Products I use:
Never worn or soiled pads
Soaking container (make sure it's not clear)
Oxi-clean free (no extra chemicals)
Mesh laundry bag

 This is how the process starts. I have my "soiled" pads ready to be cleaned.

 I don't measure out the oxi-clean, but using the scoop you can see it's very little for the container size. Pour the oxi-clean into the container (before adding water)

Fill with COLD water! You'll need to stir it a bit and create some bubbles because the oxi-clean will not dissolve without some help. ALWAYS use cold water with pads, because hot water doesn't break down the protein found in blood. I know that seems counterproductive, but it's what I've been told. 

I didn't picture me rinsing the pads before adding them to the water, but you rinse them gently to wash off some of the blood.

Let soak for at least 3 hours, I usually do overnight, but they need at least 3 hours.

As you can tell, the water is pretty murky, so dump and begin the wash.

After the soak, I rinse again, and only 3 pads needed the stain stick.

Wet the stain stick and work into the pad, only in the area needed.

 Work a good lather and then repeat the process of soaking with OxiClean for the pads that need the additional stain treatment. 

Again I didn't get pictures after this step. Once they've soaked again, rinse the stain stick off, and put them in the mesh laundry bag. Wash on cold with normal laundry detergent, air dry. 

That's the whole process.

The comfort I have with cloth pads, knowing where they "come from" and the chemicals that are being used on them is priceless. 

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