How-to guide: using & cleaning your period underwear
Have you heard of underwear designed for your period? Are you considering making the switch to period underwear? Or have you already made the switch and want to make sure you’re washing them correctly? Then this guide is for you.
With the popularity of period underwear on the rise, you have several options to choose from and each brand will have their unique leakage protection promise.
Organic cotton options
At the Bloomi, we love organic cotton. Lunapads is one of our favorite brands for period underwear because they are gentle and body-safe, with no mystery additives, fragrance, or adhesives. Their underwear is made with soft cotton spandex jersey and a hidden leak-poof polyurethane laminate and the outer layer is made with certified organic cotton. And yes, they work fabulously. Period underwear are designed for full day protection due to their high absorbency layers, but Lunapads offers the added option of using an Insert you can swap out for those heavier days –yes, please! The underwear alone can absorb the same amount as one pad or tampon. When you use an Insert, it’s equivalent to 2 pads or tampons.
Using Period Underwear
We recommend starting off with at least 2 sets of underwear to make alternating easy. You’ll thank us later for minimizing your laundry duties too. In a perfect world, you’ll have one for each day of your menstrual phase.
On heavier days, use the insert (each underwear comes with 1, but you can buy more here) and feed it through each side of the inside straps. If you want to change out the insert when you are on the go, use a waterproof personal care bag to temporary store these until you can rinse them at home. Easy.
Washing Period Underwear
Unlike your regular undies, period underwear should get some special treatment.
- When you remove them, rinse them in cold water until the water runs clear.
- Place used underwear in a separate small load or use a washable mesh bag. Use a small amount of natural laundry detergent on a cold wash cycle (if delicate cycle is available, use that too). To help sanitize and control odor, you can use a few drops of tea tree oil or vinegar with water in your fabric softener container.
- Hang dry to help maintain elasticity and quality of the fabric. Once fully dry, store away until next time! Hopefully they *spark job* until the next time you use them.