If you have just received your package of Libréa menstrual underwear, you will most likely want to know all about its care. Or maybe you're just curious about how to clean reusable menstrual underwear. :)
"What's the best way to wash my period panties?"
"How long does it take to dry?"
"Is it okay if I put them in the washing machine with my other clothes?"
If you have these curiosities and want to know how you can keep your menstrual panties as fresh as possible, we have the answers.
The psychological barrier that many have before buying a pair of menstrual panties: "Cleaning them is a disaster!"
Given that Libréa is the first underwear for menstruation manufactured in Romania, many of the people who hear about it for the first time also think about cleaning them, but from a negative perspective.
"I feel like washing them will be a disaster and I really don't think they will clean well enough..." is the belief that many have. But, this is totally wrong.
Libréa menstrual panties are cleaned under cold water with normal soap. The menstrual fluid will almost clear itself in a very short time. And if you don't want to wash them by hand, you can also put them in the washing machine. (we will talk about this topic below)
If you wash them by hand, you will notice how after a few minutes the water that will come out of the fabric is clear. This is a clear sign that the reusable menstrual pad is clean-clean.
We have to admit, considering that most of the women use tampons or absorbents, they are not used to coming in contact with menstrual fluid and it may seem something unusual to them. But this perception will be shattered with the "first wash" of menstrual panties.
Will the rest of my clothes get dirty if I wash them in the washing machine?
Fortunately, no :)
Think of menstrual blood as a heavier vaginal discharge. It's not really composed like what we're used to seeing during a cut. There you will find blood, uterine tissue, mucus and bacteria. It is more viscous without clotting so it can flow smoothly from the uterus to the vagina. It also cleans itself during flow.
However, it would be a good idea to rinse your period panties before putting them in the car. You can think of this action as a pre-wash ritual, just like when you clean a stain from a T-shirt before putting it in the tub.
Clean your Librea menstrual panties in 3 easy steps
1. Rinse the panties with cold waterOnce used, menstrual panties should be rinsed in cold water and pressed so as to extract as much blood as possible from the fabric. It is important not to wash them with hot water as the blood can clot (which would make them difficult to clean). Plus, cold water helps break up any clots.
If possible, it's best to wash your panties as soon as you take them off, rather than letting them sit in the laundry basket.
You don't need to soak them, they just need a quick rinse so they're ready for step 2.
2. Wash the panties with cold water and soap / Put them in the washing machine
After you have rinsed them well with cold water, hand wash them with normal soap. By "normal" we mean a regular soap, never a special one or a soap containing fat. They can affect the absorption properties of fabrics.
What ingredients should you avoid?
- Oils: coconut, sunflower, canola, etc
- Oily soap
- High amounts of essential oils
You can stop here, or you can put them in the washing machine (no, they don't have to be washed in the tub by themselves).
We recommend always using a milder detergent – and skip bleach (it will irreversibly damage the fabrics that make up the panties) or fabric softener, they will clog the absorbent part of the panties. Pay attention to the 2 in 1 detergent capsules that also have conditioner!
Washing temperature? Ideally, 30°. But if your washing machine has a minimum temperature of 40°, don't worry, you can wash your panties without any problems.
A good idea would be to put them in a laundry bag to prevent other items (like zips on hoodies for example) from catching on your underwear while they are being washed.
Some women have noticed a little discoloration after washing their black Libréa menstrual panties. This discoloration can make you think it's a stain, and you'll probably want to give them a tougher wash.
You don't have to do that. :)
The "stain" is a simple discoloration of the panty's color and does not affect its absorbency. It is due to acid discharge, which is a normal phenomenon and a good sign of your health. You should not try to get rid of this vaginal discharge by doing vaginal douches, for example.
3. Leave them to dry
When it comes to drying your Libréa menstrual underwear, air drying is always recommended.
Never in the tumble dryer. Excessive heat can damage fabric fibers.
If you want to increase the longevity of your period panties, air drying is a step in the right direction. Simply place them on the stander or clotheslines and let them dry completely.
Wondering how long these will take to dry?
There are several factors that can extend (or not) the drying time of panties. First of all, we are talking about humidity. If you live in a humid environment, the drying time will increase. On the other hand, in an arid environment, the linen will dry much faster.
It will usually take anywhere from a few hours to 2 days for Libréa underwear to dry - depending on where you live and how you dry your panties. Always make sure menstrual underwear is completely dry before putting it in the closet.
4. Reuse them!
Wash menstrual panties Librae before first use. A recommendation we have in relation to any other article of clothing that comes into contact with the skin. And in addition to hygiene reasons, a first wash increases the absorbency of the fabric of our panties.
Doesn't washing period panties seem "disastrous" anymore? :)
And if you still made it to the end of the article, let us tell you a precious piece of information: we will soon introduce reusable tampons with the same properties. You wear them, wash them, let them dry and…. you wear them again :)
Take care of yourself !