If you’re feeling put off using period pants during your time of the month because of how difficult it seems to wash them, don’t be. It’s much easier than you think.
I’m guilty of not washing them as I should and simply throwing them in with the rest of my washing, sometimes by mistake.
However if you want to get the most out of your menstrual underwear and help them last for as long as possible, washing them carefully is the most important thing you can do.
It’s not as difficult as it sounds. If you’ve just bought a new set of period underwear, getting into good habits early on is a good idea. Before you know it, you’ll do it every month without a second thought.
So follow our advice on how best to wash yours by following these simple steps.
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How to wash period underwear
After wearing period underwear, it’s important to rinse them under the tap or shower.
You can either hang them up to dry if you’re planning to put them in the washing machine later on, or put them on a delicate cycle straight away.
This should be at a low temperature, ideally 30°C, or you can hand wash them at a low temperature.
Don’t use fabric softener or bleach, as this will cause them to lose elasticity quicker.
Once clean, hang them up and make sure they’re completely dry before putting them back into your drawer.
Most period underwear companies will send you detailed information about how to wash yours, but this guide will work for all types.
Do you need to wash period underwear separately?
Period underwear can be washed with the rest of your laundry or separately if you prefer.
You can use a mesh bag and pull them out when the wash is done, so you don’t accidentally put them in the tumble dryer with your other items.
How to get the smell out of period underwear
Many period underwear has antibacterial properties to reduce the odour and bacteria, but if they do smell, Wuka advise diluting white vinegar in a thin layer of water (1 part vinegar, 3 parts water – just enough to cover your underwear) and soaking your underwear for 20 minutes.
Then pop them in the wash with more vinegar, and/or add a few drops of essential oil to the wash.
Can you put period underwear in the tumble dryer?
No. To keep them at their best, you should air dry them.
How often should you change period underwear
It depends how heavy your periods are, but you should be able to wear them all day long with no leaks.
You can usually work out how often you’d need to change them by looking at the absorbency of each pair. So for example, if you change your tampon 4 times a day, you might want to buy Wuka’s Ultimate™ Midi Brief, which holds 4 tampons worth of period flow.
Regardless of how heavy your periods are, you should change them before you go to bed and put a fresh pair on.
How long does period underwear last?
According to Thinx, their period underwear will stay at maximum performance for 40 washes, which is around 2 years.
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