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I second the wet bag idea. I work full time and this is what I do. However, I am not a heavy bleeder and don't go through pads during the day very quickly. But, a wet bag would work either way and you can just clean them once you get home.
Ok - here's my next question. What is the best way to wash them? Warm/Hot water? How many wash cycles?
I wash my pads with DS's nightime diapers and our cloth TP wipes. Rinse, cold wash with soap, sometimes with vinegar too, not always though. Hang to dry outside or inside.
I'm not one to worry about stains. They will just get red again next month right? I made them out of red cloth anyway, problem solved!
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I do an overnight soak in a bucket and then I wash with hot water and the bathroom rugs.
(the worst was one day during a heavy cycle i soaked a pad in the bathroom sink at work and forgot to take it out right away. i went to grab my wet bag and the phone rang for me. so embaressing i am never likely to do that again!
If I'm at home, I just pop them into my jar full of water (which I sewed a bag for so you can't tell whats in it, for those of delicate sensibilities), then dump the water once a day. I also put the pads from while I was out in the jar when I get home. then I dump the jar and pads in the washing machine, and wash on cold with hydrogen peroxide, along with any other non-whites that need washing. (because not all my pads are white). I've discovered the staining on pads really comes from when the blood is allowed to dry on the pad, primarily. The bloody water doesn't cause stains in the washing machine.
I have a heavy AF so I do a rinse/spin cycle on warm first with just my cloth pads/wet bag then add in towels, socks, etc. and wash everything on a regular hot cycle with detergent and vinegar as fabric softener. If I don't rinse first, I tend to get my whites out of the washer with a tan tint to them. DH didn't appreciate the first time that happened to his socks.
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If you are taking them to work you'll definitely want a wetbag. They make them with zippers, two pockets, snaps, drawstrings, etc.
When I get home, I put my pads in water in a porcelain jar with a lid. I change the water every night. I wash my pads with regular clothes in cold water.
Bac Out is fantastic, but pricey. I tried to dilute it with water 50/50, but it doesn't work as well on stains or odor when diluted.
I've found that cloth pads don't smell nearly as bad as their plastic counterparts as well!