So, you have decided to make the switch to period underwear? That’s great. Period underwear offers great comfort and convenience during your monthly period. They are also a better option for the environment as well as for your pocket in the long run.
You have probably already searched, ‘How does period underwear work?’ If so, you know that unlike disposable menstrual products, period underwear is designed to be reused. In fact, with proper care, they can last for years.
What About Smells and Odors?
Many people are concerned about using period underwear as they think that they will have a bad odor. However, with proper care and washing, you can prevent bad odors.
How to Wash Period Underwear
Washing and caring for period underwear is easy. In fact, you do not need expensive or fancy products to ensure your delicates are clean.
For the best results, be sure to rinse your underwear in cold water as soon after changing it as possible. Do your best to wash out as much of the fluid that it has absorbed as possible. This is especially important if you were using them on a heavy flow day. You can use your hands to rub the gusset gently and ensure that it is clean.
You can choose to hand wash your underwear or wash them in the washing machine. Use regular soap to hand wash your underwear. Pay special attention to the gusset when rubbing. Use cold water to wash and rinse your underwear and hang them up to air dry.
If you choose to wash your underwear in the machine, you can pop them in with the rest of your laundry after rinsing the flow out. Be sure to wash in cold water. Do not use bleach or fabric softener when washing your underwear. These products will ruin your underwear. Hang your underwear up to let them air dry.
Bonus Care Tips
Ensure your underwear dry completely before storing them to avoid odors. If your underwear develops an odor, you can try soaking them in a solution of 1-part water and 1-part vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes. Wash them thereafter as you always do and hang them up to dry.
If you squirm at the thought of washing your flow off your underwear, you’re not alone. However, many people who felt the same get used to rinsing off the underwear pretty quickly. Menstruation is a normal part of life and the process of rinsing is pretty fast. With some patience, you will soon come to appreciate your body and its wonders.