After reading this article, you will be convinced that it is no more difficult to use and maintain reusable hygiene products than to buy their disposable version.
Whether your washable tissues were purchased new or made from old sweaters, the care instructions are the same.
The first step to proper cleaning is unfolding. If the fabric remains folded, some portions of the tissue will not be washed. Is your handkerchief stuck to itself? Simply pull the fabric to separate the glued sides!
Afterwards, simply wash them in the machine, alone or with other clothes. The only important guideline is that the water must be above 30 degrees Celsius. Why this temperature? This is simply so that the dried mucus dissolves in the warm water.
If you don't like your tissues getting everywhere through your other clothes, you can put them in a washing net.
Depending on its use, the maintenance of reusable toilet paper differs slightly.
If it was only used to wipe up urine, we can put it directly in our dirty laundry bin or in a container while waiting for cleaning. For washing, simply add it to one of our regular loads.
On the other hand, if the toilet paper was used for stools, it must be put in an open bin after use. This step allows air circulation which prevents fermentation and the increase in odors. If odors bother you, you can add baking soda to the bin.
Afterwards, it is preferable to pre-wash in order to eliminate traces of stools. This can be done by a cold water cycle in the washer or by soaking toilet paper in water and vinegar.
Finally, you need to do a wash cycle with lukewarm or hot water.
As the sanitary napkin is soiled with blood, as much of the blood as possible must be removed before washing.
To achieve this, there are several methods :
- Soak the towels in a bucket filled with soapy water for 24 hours, then wring them out. Be careful to change the water every day to avoid the proliferation of bacteria and bad odors.
- Rinse the towels in cold water and allow to dry before washing.
- Put the towels in the rinse cycle of your washer just before a regular cycle.
After this rinsing step, you can wash your towels by hand or in the washing machine. For this last option, we prefer to wash with other clothes, because this increases the friction of the fabrics and allows a thorough wash.
Is there a risk of staining your other clothes? None, if you rinsed your towels well!
Being in contact with different staining makeup products, it is best to wash your makeup remover wipes after each use.
To achieve this, here is a simple routine to follow:
- After use, rinse the makeup remover wipe to remove excess makeup.
- Leave the wipe to soak in warm, soapy water for a few minutes.
- Rub to remove residual makeup.
- Rinse with clean water and squeeze dry.
- Let dry.
All hygiene products in this article are made of fabrics. In order to maintain their absorbency, it is not recommended to use fabric softener (liquid or sheet).
For detergent, use a mild, fragrance-free soap to avoid skin irritation . Your ecological detergent used for your other clothes will do the job perfectly!
Also, avoid using bleach, as it could damage the fibers of your fabrics. If you want to remove a stain, you can use a natural stain remover like sodium percarbonate . Also, the sun is one of the best stain removers and whiteners, so don't hesitate to use your clothesline!
Finally, for eco-friendly drying, hang items and let air dry. If necessary, they can also go in the dryer.
In order for your reusable hygiene products to last a long time, it is important to maintain them well. After reading this article, are you now ready to welcome one of these products into your home?