Perhaps you're still hesitating to take the plunge and use washable, reusable sanitary pads(SHL)? There are two convincing arguments! The first is the composition of widely available feminine hygiene products (pads and tampons) and the second is the ease with which we can care for them! It's not rocket science.The composition of disposable pads and tampons
We've looked around and haven't found any major brands of sanitary pads and tampons that seem to give the exact composition of their products.
But do you think our pads contain natural fibers like cotton? Not really, no! They're made from synthetic fibers (cellulose and rayon) and a super-absorbent powder derived from petroleum products! So it's almost literally a case of having irritating plastic on one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies.
And there's another very important aspect to know about their composition! Sanitary pads and tampons from the big companies undergo an extreme bleaching process, most likely to give us the impression of being "clean". The techniques used seem to be exactly the same as those used in the paper industry.
A mixture of chlorine and dioxin! The latter have been decried for decades for their toxicity: a recognized endocrine disruptor (interferes with hormones, including those associated with reproduction), affects the immune system and is carcinogenic. Nothing less!
Several surveys and scientific studies, including one by G Bonnomo, a gynecologist at the University of Naples, have shown that women experience discomfort associated with the use of such protection. This ranges from dermatitis, to irritation, burning and itching. 90% of women say they feel such discomfort, and 68% of them attribute this discomfort to the pads they use!!!!
So whether for daily use (urine loss and leakage) or monthly use, washable and reusable sanitary pads are certainly the wisest choice for your own health and that of the environment. Two aspects intimately linked!
Are washable and reusable sanitary towels complicated to use?
Not at all! These pads are nothing new. Women have been using washable, natural-fiber sanitary towels for centuries! They didn't have washing machines either!
Use Before washing
As far as use itself is concerned, it's as simple as disposables. There are several models, including inserts for panties designed primarily for the menstrual period, which are highly commendable but require a greater investment.
There are also low-cost washable sanitary pads that you simply affix to your panties, and which are held in place by a press stud. So simple! So cool!
You have the choice of cleaning sanitary pads immediately after use, soaking them or leaving them to dry completely soiled until the next wash.
A great and easy way to remove stains is to soak them in percarbonate of soda and water before washing.
If you wash them as you go, or soak them in cold water (changing the water once a day), towels are less likely to remain stained.
Adding white vinegar and baking soda to the soaking water will make rinsing and washing easier.
If you don't mind the stains, the technique that requires the least effort is to let them dry completely in an out-of-the-way place.
In either case, you'll need to soak them in cold water for around 5 minutes, then rub and rinse them to remove as much menstrual flow as possible. You can also put them (several at a time!) in the rinse cycle of your washing machine.
Sanitary pads can be washed by hand or machine with a mild detergent, ideally fragrance-free and biodegradable. Avoid bleach, which damages waterproof membranes, and fabric softener, which reduces textile absorption.
Machine-wash the pads with other clothes to create friction and clean them thoroughly. After rinsing well in cold water, there's no risk of washable sanitary pads staining other garments.
Simply leave to air dry, ideally in the sun to help reduce stains!
Washable and reusable sanitary towels are ecological, economical and good for our physical and psychological health! Are you ready to take the plunge?
There's nothing like taking the first step and giving yourself time to tame it! You can see the different options by visiting our Bathroom section! You'll find both washable panty liners and washable sanitary towels!
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